Mira Gandy (Rhonda Windham photo)

Artist Mira Gandy, daughter of Irene Gandy and founder of the Gandy Art House (GAH), is partnering with Debbie Allen to provide art classes for queer youth at Debbie Allen Dance Academy (DADA), located at 1850 S. Manhattan Place in Los Angeles. The six-week program, named “Free to Be,” will be held on Sundays from 4-6 p.m. from July 7 to August 11. This six-week program is free; registration is required.

The program will provide a safe space for LGBTQ+ young people, ages 12-17, to express their individuality through painting, drawing, and journaling. Visit thegandyarthouse.org or debbieallendanceacademy.com to register.

The Gandy Art House offers physical and emotional space to explore artistic and creative expression for underserved and marginalized communities in the Los Angeles area.”It is proven that making art helps relieve anxiety, depression, and stress, and builds confidence and self-identity, and the statistics about LGBTQ+ youth's mental health are alarming,” says Gandy, who is passionate about making art accessible and creating opportunities to bridge creativity and community. For more than 15 years, she has provided art instruction to audiences of all ages and has expanded her community reach through the Gandy Art House. This non-profit organization offers free visual, performance, and healing arts programs to LGBTQ+ youth, families, and young artists of color.

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