Behailu (Ba-HI-Lou) offers creative edge

Painting is one of several artistic offerings at Behailu Academy. Several Garinger students attend each week. Photo by Diego Araujo

By Diego Araujo
Ba-HI-Lou is how the “Behailu” in Behailu Academy is pronounced.
This academy in the nearby NoDa neighborhood focuses on finding your voice and transforming  into an artist.
The academy specializes in a variety of artforms that draws a faithful group of Garinger students each week.
For example, there are classes that teach students hip hop dance, computer animation and even drawing or painting.
It is a non-profit organization whose number one goal is to help people find and express their voice. Local artists teach the classes based on their skill.
Deedee Mills, the founder of the program, guarantees that once you join the academy, you will certainly enjoy every minute of Behailu and discover something new of yourself.
David Gamble, a student that attends Garinger High school, says he enjoys Behailu very much because of the energy it gives out towards the community, the freedom it offers and the creative learning experience.
Lexus Williams, also a student at Behailu, recommends the program to people who want to learn new skills and says the people in it are creative, open-minded, and fun.
Check it out!
Are you interested in helping the community and discovering art? Behailu Academy will be open to the public during the NoDa Studio Tour this weekend.
The tour is 6-10 p.m. Friday, May 3rd and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 4th.
Visitors will get to see one-of-a-kind art work by the young artists, such as drawings, paintings, photography and live performances. The event is FREE.
Behailu is located at 451 E. 36th St., Charlotte.
Details: http://www.behailuacademy.org

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