Teen Artists' Creative Oasis (TACO) is a project started in 2014 by Bella Masterson and Bella Kiser dedicated to creating an inclusive space for local Chicagoan youth artists to display and perform their art on the web and through planned events. TACO was created for teens by teens. We create spaces for youth artists to exhibit their artwork that are outside of the typical school setting.

TACO has allowed over 100 diverse teen artists from the Chicagoland area to display and perform their artwork to the general public. This project is not only a free way for young artists to release their art into the public, but it also impacts greater social and environmental organizations. 

 

For each event, TACO chooses a charity or artist to benefit. The charity receives all of the admission money from the event as well as additional donation money. In this way, we are able to impact both our small community of city artists as well as the larger global society. 

To hear more about the curation and event planning process listen to Kanyinsola Anifowoshe's Podcast, The Now, Episode 4: Bella Masterson and Bella Kiser. 

The Team

Bella Kiser and Bella Masterson

Co-Founders and Co-Directors 2014-Present

 

Bella Kiser now attends Tufts University majoring in Environmental Studies, and is pursuing a dual degree in Studio Art at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. 

Youth Media Outreach

Bella Masterson now attends the University of Pennsylvania and is pursuing a double major in Urban Studies and Cinema and Media studies.

 

Social Media Manager

Nathalie San Fratello is 16 and a sophomore at Francis Parker School, who experiments with fabric mediums, film, and activism through art while promoting the importance of upcoming generations artistic existence. 

Lola Chalmers-Dibbell is 17 years old and a senior at Whitney Young High School. She is an avid advocate for artists in Chicago, a fan of making and watching films, and an earring enthusiast. 

Seamus Masterson and Kenton Kiser

Co-Directors 2016-2017

 

Seamus Masterson and Kenton Kiser

Co-Directors 2016-2017

From Fall 2016-Summer 2017, Seamus Masterson and Kenton Kiser took over as Co-Directors. In addition to supporting regular programming, they initiated a successful interview campaign.

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