For the past five years my daughter Violeta has participated in a marvelous group in Lynn called Raw Artworks. The organization mentors young artists, encourages children to support each other in creative groups, and provides a space for creative energies of grade school and high school kids. Each year the kids get to show their work at a spring art show. The City of Lynn closes the block in front of their Central Square Storefront so kids can do pastel and chalk art on the street, perform music, and cheer on their fellow artists.
This past year the art space doubled so more kids can create. Raw Art Works continues to grow and provide a great program for creative young people who are validated and supported for who they are. It's a diverse, multicultural, artistic community and my daughter is proud to be part of it.
The Celebration for Raw Art Works young artists gets bigger every year, and for the past three years it has spilled into the street. Police cordon off Central Square so that people can dance and celebrate and make art. Some great chalk drawings are made by Raw Artists, family members and friends,