Sweet Frog provides home for aspiring artists

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Alice Hickson ’17

The popular frozen yogurt business, Sweet Frog, located at 623 Post Rd East, has teamed up with the Youth Art Forum (YAF) to provide a topping of talent to their sweet treats. The FroYo shop now features a miniature art gallery for customers to enjoy.

The Youth Arts Forum is a nonprofit organization created due to a lack of funding for education in the arts. According to their website, “YAF provides talented young artists and performers with a healthy and engaging outlet that allows them to express their creativity in art and musical performances” with the ultimate goal of uniting “the youth of the world through the arts.”

Sweet Frog was excited at the opportunity to display the undiscovered talents of students in the community.

“We’re thrilled to be able to offer young artists a space to showcase their talents,” Jennifer Gallan, the own of Sweet Frog, said.

“I think it’s a really nice addition,” Lilly Howes ’17, a regular at Sweet Frog said. “I can sit and enjoy some nice FroYo and see art made by people I go to school with.”

Barry Salottolo, the founder of YAF, believes in the importance of creating a medium in which young people can show off their talents for free.

“Funding for music and art in the public schools continues to be reduced,” Salottolo said. “Despite numerous studies that show how important they are to a child’s development, and society as a whole. It’s absolutely imperative to offer kids a safe and supportive place to perform and grow.”

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