Teen artists from throughout the Northwest suburbs and Fox Valley will converge on Daily Projects coffee shop along the Randall Road corridor this month to showcase their talents and to help fundraise for a good cause.
The fundraiser for the Children's Advocacy Center based in Hoffman Estates will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 29, at the coffee bar in Algonquin.
So far, 10 visual arts and 16 performance artists are scheduled to be on hand for the fundraiser, which runs from 4 to 8 p.m., said Kevin Rhee, owner of Daily Projects, 124 S. Randall Road.
There also will be two speakers from the Children's Advocacy Center on hand to speak about the organization, which provides refuge, safety and healing for victims of child abuse and their families, he said.
The center is near and dear to the heart of fundraiser organizer 17-year-old Cassy Salvador of Hoffman Estates, who attends Schaumburg High School.
Salvador loves writing, and is a part of her school's poetry club and poetry slam team, which participates in the area's Teen Writers and Artists Project, which often meets at Daily Projects, as well as at other locations through the Fox Valley, including Elgin and Batavia.
"I have been aching to do something creative and unique this summer, and with this organization in mind, as well as newly developed relationships with young local artists, I saw an overwhelming amount of talent that lay underneath typical suburbia and was inspired to help these promising people grow," Salvador said.
Another factor in her participation was her connection to the Children's Advocacy Center, Salvador said.
"I have been familiar with this amazing nonprofit for years, have volunteered with them in the past, and have always dreamed about contributing even more," she said. "The idea for this event finally painted itself in my head. It's a productive combination of everything I love."
Salvador describes the event as an art gallery featuring the works of local young visual, musical and poetic artists.
"Visual artists will have their work on display and available for commission," Salvador said. "While attendees will take a gander, they can also enjoy live entertainment provided by musicians and spoken word poets, as well as a good cup of coffee."
Funds for the center will be collected through donations, and from the commissions on some of the works that are sold that day. Salvador will be donating the money to the advocacy center. That day, 25 percent of the proceeds will also go toward supporting the Teen Writers and Artists Project, she said.
Rhee said he is happy that his Randall Road business can be host to the fundraiser.
"Cassy is a student who participates in TWAAP and reached out to us. When we started talking about the fundraiser and picking the organization we wanted to donate to, it made more sense to host this event," Rhee said. "It is a cause Cassy is very passionate about and we want to support the growth of people and communities."
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