SouthPark Magazine: Art & Soul

The Arts Empowerment Project is proud to be featured in the August 2016 issue of SouthPark Magazine.

Can art change the direction of a child’s life?

Natalie Frazier Allen believes so, and she’s harnessed the support of several area youth advocates by founding The Arts Empowerment Project (TAEP), a nonprofit connecting children impacted by violence and abuse to community art programs.

The project connects area kids in the court system with existing or custom-developed programs in visual, performing, and even culinary arts. The goal: Connect children with pro-social activities designed to develop self esteem, encourage teaming and collaboration with others, and provide exposure to healthy outlets for expression and creativity.

Allen, 50, formed the nonprofit after serving as a Guardian Ad Litem in Mecklenburg County’s 26th Judicial Court. That means she was a judge-appointed volunteer advocate for abused or neglected children and part of a team representing children’s best interests in court proceedings.


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