DALLAS -– Art can motivate a young mind. It can open curious eyes and it can inspire people looking for beauty in what can sometimes be an ugly world.
So when a Dallas elementary school's art program needed a little help, someone answered the call.
Adu is the founder of Abnormal Artbeats, and is committed to inspiring the next generation of aspiring artists.
He was touched by creative spirit at Nancy J. Cochran Elementary School in Dallas and is doing everything he can to help their stash of art supplies grow.
Ninety-eight percent of the students there are on free or reduced-price lunch. Adu wants to make sure the cash crunch at home doesn’t hurt their creativity in the classroom.
"A lot of the students I look at, I see me in them," he said.
He sees himself in students like 10-year-old Brisa Nava, whose eyes light up when she enters her school’s art room.
“It’s like a dreamland in here," she said with a smile.
For her, paintbrushes and colored pencils are as good as gold.
"I thought that when you came here, you could do anything," Brisa said.
Having art supplies at home is a luxury for many of her classmates. They can get costly.
Adu understands their struggles.
"I went to an elementary school growing up where we didn't necessarily have the resources there, but I was a creative kid, so I was always able to find thing -- whether it was a soda can or a bag of beans or whatever,” Adu said.
Now he’s teaming up with other creative minds at Nerv Gallery and Studios for an exhibition and night of family-friendly workshops. The event on Saturday, June 28 at Nerv Art Gallery and Studios (4819 Woodall St. Dallas, TX) is free. Adults, teens, and children are encouraged to come and experience what is being billed as an “art show like no other,” complete with entertainment, food trucks, and live art workshops.
Cash donations and art supplies benefiting the students at Nancy J. Cochran are welcome and encouraged.
"We actually need this stuff,” said fifth grader Octavio Fierro.
He and his friends are beyond grateful a stranger is helping them stock up.
"I think that's very thoughtful of him that he's doing something that he doesn't have to,” said Fierro’s best friend and fellow art lover Oliver Santana.
"Our school is very lucky,” said their art teacher Orlando Solorzano. “Our students are very lucky, too."