Ebony Payne-English, new executive director of TPA, and Kathryn D. McAvoy, chair of the board of directors, who founded the Performers Academy

The Performers Academy, located in the Saint-Nicolas area, kicked off its tenth year of Camp Just Like Me on June 1 with TPA Fest 2021, the association’s first-ever mural festival. Over 12 local and guest artists participated, with some murals created collaboratively and others independently. The artists completed their murals during the week on the exterior walls of the Performers Academy’s exterior campus.

In addition to inspiring the community, motivating TPA students, and providing opportunities for local artists, the festival has raised funds for the nonprofit organization’s creative enrichment programs that support young people. registered. The event included music, MC Olympics, and a mysterious murder brunch, while the muralists painted. The keynote speaker was Allison Galloway-Gonzalez, Executive Director of Any Given Child. Special guest Damien Lamar performed.

“TPA students learn to use art as a vehicle for behavioral intervention and academic enrichment,” said Ebony Payne-English, who was recently appointed Executive Director of TPA. “We are committed to making the arts as a coping mechanism accessible to communities that suffer from limited access, and in particular historically underserved adolescents. “

TPA programs include #SquadGoals Teen Studio to Break Cycles of Trauma Through Performing Arts, Produce Of My Environment (POME) for Teens to Create Autobiographical Poetry, Just Like Three Week Summer Camp Me and Truth & Proof: Youth Open Mic as a free, monthly art and poetry event for teens. The organization works with instructors and artists from all geographic, ethnic and economic backgrounds in seven artistic and cultural disciplines, including lyricism, theater, visual arts, music, dance, songwriting, and the arts. of the recording.

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