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Art You empowers youth through classical and cultural art

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Art You empowers youth through classical and cultural art

By Madison Miller of bellevuereporter.com

Thursday, August 16, 2018 8:30 am

Interlake High School student creates nonprofit to serve underprivileged youth.

Savitha Srinivasan has been practicing classical Indian dance for the past 10 years.

Through dance, she said it has helped her develop leadership skills, presentation skills and has helped her in various academic areas such as English, math and science.

When Srinivasan and her sister noticed budget cuts leading to fewer arts programs in local schools, they felt they needed to do something about it.

In 2014, Srinivasan, who will be a junior in high school this fall, co-founded the nonprofit, Art You. The youth-driven organization seeks to promote awareness of classical and cultural art forms as well as use art as a medium to empower youth from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds.

“We really wanted to make art more accessible and we noticed that there’s this gap between mainstream, or popular, art forms and classical art forms. It’s a lot easier for youth to go and listen to Ariana Grande or Taylor Swift than it is to listen to something [classical],” Srinivasan said. “For us, it was about addressing this perceived gap between mainstream art forms and classical art forms.”

She said it can be difficult for people to understand and appreciate classical art forms. One of their main challenges was to find a way to “make art more accessible in such a way that a person can really get inspired.”

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