MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Teen artists and community members gathered at the Benjamin Hooks Central Library Saturday for Teen Arts Festival.
The event was hosted by Friends of the Memphis Public Library.
Teens ages 13-19 had the opportunity to display and sell their artwork.
It was a unique event with guest speakers who encouraged young creatives to use their skills to earn money and improve academically.
"Middle school is kind of stressful to me so I like to paint digitally to relieve that," said teen artist Mariam Ceesay.
"You have the little saying ‘starving artists’ but we want our teen artists to realize they don’t have to starve, and they will not be starving and our friends at the library will support them and provide the resources that they need," said Friends of the Memphis Public Library President Jacqueline Wallace.
Organizers said they are interested in expanding the festival in years to come.