Art program gives teens a positive voice


KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Kansas City nonprofit is teaming up with the Kansas City Art Institute for a summer program designed to save young lives and lay the foundation for a better future.

Northeast High School students participate in a summer program run by Lyrik’s Institution and the Kansas City Art Institute.

The program offers courses for teens in subjects such as painting and 3D sculpture / design.

“It really helps me distract myself from a lot of things and distract myself and do something that I really love,” student Danely Torres said.

Lyrik’s Institution founder Kyle Hollins said the program exposes young people to a positive environment where they can learn and grow.

“For them to actually see it, to walk around campus, to see the artwork, to see the teachers and to interact. It also opens their eyes to new possibilities and opportunities, ”Hollins said.

Hollins said the summer program is important to many of the teens they work with: “They come from poverty. They come from the struggle. They come from difficulties.

Hollins said his organization is focused on behavior modification and that opportunities like the summer program offer change that can positively impact their future.

Art teacher Belinda Blake said she has noticed a change in the students.

“They become more comfortable finding their own voice with the visual arts,” said Blake.

Dr. Keyona Powell of Northeast High School is also noticing a change in student behavior.

“They draw when they get home. They draw when they get home, and it’s been like a therapeutic release for them, ”said Powell.

The program will run until July 23. A gala recognizing the work of the students will be held on July 23 at 6 p.m. inside the Gem Theater in the 18th and Vine District.


Kayleen C. Rice

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