Overtown Music & Arts Festival T.E.E.S. Youth Zone

Last Saturday, the Overtown Community was filled with thousands of festival goer’s for the 6th Annual Overtown Music & Arts Festival.

While grown folk enjoyed the musical performances of Melanie Fiona, Tito Puente Jr, Tank, Pleasure P, Jagged Edge, Ne-Yo, Deep Fried Funk Band and more, the younger demographic hung out in the T.E.E.S. Youth Zone.

This year’s Youth Zone did not host a musical performance stage but the activities were in full effect. From the Gaming Truck which hosted up to 28 youth/adults at a time to the What’s Cooking Village sponsored by Aldi’s where Chef Lo Taylor, Chef Lukas, and Chef Kirk provided hands on cooking classes. Kids learned to make Chicken Stir Fry, Fried Chicken Sushi Rolls, and Soft Baked Sugar Cookies where kids were able to take their own cookie dough home for baking later.


A very special thanks to the following providers in the Arts & Craft Village:

University of Miami Parent & Child Interaction - Silly Putty creation along with stress balls

Home Depot - building of bird houses and other wood working take home crafts

James Wilson Medical Society - Slime making

Bass Museum - take home art kits and on-site games

Marvin Weeks - air brushing

T.E.E.S. Volunteers - DIY Race Cars & Bracelets, Clay Art, and Finger Puppets

A special thank you to DeMarco of Domination Fitness for volunteering his services for the 5th year in a row to program all activities in the Fitness Village. Youth participating in the fitness activities were awarded medals and gift cards from DTLR/Villa representatives.

All in all it was a fun-filled day of bounce houses, food, arts & crafts, fitness, and gaming in the youth zone.

A very very special thank you to our Youth Zone sponsors: Green Family Foundation, DTLR/Villa, Headliner Market Group, and Bam Adebayo’s BBB (BAM, Books & Brotherhood) Foundation.

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