If you know teens looking to express their individuality this Halloween, send them over to Schack Art Center on Thursday.
Schack is holding a free Open Studio Night for Teens where they can make Halloween masks under the direction of artist Anna Mastronardi Novak.
That’s just one of several free artist-led projects planned for the evening. Other projects are Calligraphy Rocks with Pam Koons and Indoor Kites led by Kathy Simons.
Schack’s Open Studio Night for Teens runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Schack Art Center, 2921 Hoyt Ave. Everett. There is no cost to participate.
Schack started the open studio nights in 2011 as a way for local teens to learn about Schack’s youth programs and classes.
Since then Schack has been offering hands-on, take-away projects that tie into such events as glass-blowing demonstrations. Refreshments are served, making these events popular enough to draw as many as 125 teens, the organizers at Schack say.
The Everett Police Department is applauding Schack Teen Nights as a way to create a positive environment.
“Since many teens today face pressures to engage in high risk and delinquent behaviors, we believe that programs such as Open Studio Night for Teens offer … teens options to engage in nonrisk-taking behaviors that still provide a creative outlet for self-expression,” Everett Police Chief Kathy Atwood said.
Teen Nights are hosted by Schack and sponsored by Cascade Coffee, Inc. For more information go to www.schack.org.