Tampa, FL –Two Tampa high school seniors have set out to recognize the artistic talent of their peers and raise funds for a worthy cause in the process.
After touring the finest art museums in Europe last summer with a group led by his art history teacher, Matt Cannella, a Plant High senior founded Artists in Action because he saw how art “deeply moved the masses across continents”. Although he’s not an artist himself, his love for art motivated him to inspire others in the same way he was at places like the Louvre and Uffizi Gallery in his own backyard where he is a 3rd generation Tampa native. Cannella even retired from his high school football career so he could concentrate on producing an inaugural teen artist showcase and give back to the community.
Cannella has teamed up with Hadley Chillura, a senior at the Academy of the Holy Names and accomplished artist. Chillura has been expressing herself through art her whole life and feels that art gives herself a unique voice. She says she has no calling in writing or singing, but can “write through her brushstrokes and sing through her use of color”.
The teens are putting together this showcase to allow a diverse group of artists a chance to speak to the community through their art. The Artists in Action charity fundraiser will be held Friday, February 19th, from 6pm to 9:00pm at the historic 1901 Anderson House in Hyde Park, located at 341 South Plant Avenue – one of Tampa’s last and finest examples of Queen Anne architecture and designated on the U.S. National Registry of Historic Places. Most of the work will be displayed in the mansion’s 3rd story ballroom. Net proceeds from the $12 ticket will benefit the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. The Community Foundation will earmark the funds to benefit the arts. Light refreshments will be served.
So far, 14 teen artists representing a variety of mediums from painting to photography, sculpture and more have committed to participate. The artists attend various Tampa high schools: Academy of the Holy Names, Berkeley Prep, Jesuit, Plant, Robinson, and Tampa Catholic.
Cannella and Chillura want others to know that art is important and essential. They want to leave their legacy of art appreciation when they graduate in May, hoping this will become an annual event.
For sponsorship opportunities, advance ticket sales or more information, contact Matt Cannella at: email@example.com or (813)417-4301. Limited tickets will also be sold at the door.
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