Teen Art Salon Partners with The Mall at Wellington Green

Teen Art Salon Partners with The Mall at Wellington Green

New York City Artist Partners with South Florida Properties to Launch Teen Art Program
Teen Art Salon Founder Isabella Bustamante Partners with The Mall at Wellington Green 

WELLINGTON, Fla. – January 23, 2018 — Isabella Bustamante, founder of New York-based Teen Art Salon, is partnering with two Starwood Retail Partners properties in southern Florida, The Mall at Wellington Green and Westland Mall, to help launch a year-round arts initiative that cultivates South Florida’s young artist community. Both malls will host Teen Art Salon, which promotes and supports the creative pursuits of youth by providing free arts programming that includes instruction, space and materials needed for young adults ages 13-19. The program debuts on Thursday, February 8 at The Mall at Wellington Green and Saturday, February 10 at Westland Mall. Both malls will have exhibitions featuring work from young adults and students in Bustamante’s New York program.

“I’m so pleased to help develop southern Florida’s Teen Art Salon initiative at Wellington Green and Westland,” said Bustamante, who is in the Miami and Palm Beach areas to help coach and cultivate each property’s salon program. “Starwood Retail Partners and its malls are stepping to the forefront of community support; it’s a real community gift to have each mall donate supplies and provide a creative space for teenagers to explore art and expression.”

Teen Art Salon is free and consists of four consecutive weekly art salons at both properties. Bustamante will take up residence at both Wellington Green and Westland on different days for four weeks where she will collaborate with local students to create the art of their choosing such as paintings, drawings, wire sculptures, embroidery, clothing and more.

“The arts are a vital part of our communities and it is our goal to help create spaces where students and young people will feel inspired to create,” said Dave Albertson, regional director at Starwood Retail Partners. “At Starwood, we recognize that our properties are more than a place to dine out or shop; we offer space to have experiences with family, friends and neighbors.”

At both Wellington Green and Westland, Teen Art Salon will kick off with evening exhibitions where area students and art lovers will be able to meet both Bustamante and one of her star students from New York, and learn more about the salon itself and how it works.

“One of the key goals of the program is to build confidence and self-determination within the students because such qualities can be used in any field or industry the young artist ultimately chooses as they begin adulthood and the college process,” said Bustamante. “I can’t wait to see what the students create and I think that mall guests will enjoy seeing the finished products.”

Details about the exhibitions and classes at both malls are below:
The Mall at Wellington Green

Exhibition: Thursday, February 8 from 6-8 p.m. in the Live 360° Studio located on the lower level near Nordstrom. RSVP to 561-227-6905
Art Salon Classes: Every Sunday from February 11 through March 4 from 2-6 p.m. in the Live 360° Studio. Register here: http://bit.ly/2DEPtHq

Media contact: Rachelle Crain, Marketing Director, RCrain@StarwoodRetail.com, (561) 227-6917
About Teen Art Salon
Teen Art Salon is a New York City arts organization that supports, develops, and promotes the creative pursuits of adolescents. We engage youth as cultural producers within and beyond their communities, as our society’s urban infrastructure has neglected to design public spaces for teenagers to congregate and to nurture their artistic ambitions. Teen Art Salon is dedicated to providing young artists free instruction, space, and materials needed to establish and advance a self-directed art practice. Through focusing on the early output of future practitioners, Teen Art Salon is committed to coaching and cultivating the next generation of artists through producing and exhibiting formative work that will potentially inform a lifelong practice.

Teen Art Salon’s free open studio program for ages 13-19 provides the space, mentorship and materials needed for students to produce long-term projects/artworks of their own design at no cost to the participant. Teen Art Salon’s foundational teaching methodology nurtures the individual’s artistic process and follows a participant's art project, on average for three to six months and varying in size and scope, from the conception of the idea to completion of the work.
About Starwood Retail Partners
Owned by Starwood Capital Group, Starwood Retail Partners is the fifth largest owner of regional malls in the United States, with 30 malls and lifestyle centers in 16 states across the country. Since its founding in 2012, the team has focused on acquiring, redeveloping, managing, leasing and operating the next generation of shopping centers focusing on a new generation of shoppers and an increasingly interconnected consumer.  

SRP partners with its retailers, nontraditional tenants and its customers while investing in innovative technologies that help these properties to become more productive,  with more exciting stores and  engaged consumers. www.starwoodretail.com