Audrey Faris, foreground left, and Aggie Cobain, background left, provide face painting at the Theatre Arts Leadership Kouncil table.
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Teen arts organization seeks to expand adult leadership

  Audrey Faris, left foreground, and Aggie Cobain, left 
  background, paint faces during the 2016 National Night 
  out in August. The two artists are members of TALK, a 
  teen arts and leadership organization. The group 
  recently launched a face-painting business.
  file photo)


Theatre Arts Leadership Kouncil (TALK) is about a week shy of its fifth anniversary, and the Homewood-based teen organization is looking to expand the adult leadership on its board of directors.

The group will host a board recruitment meet-and-greet session from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at Loulou Belle, 2049 Ridge Road in Homewood. 

Founder and adult leader Steve Ploum said the main goal of the meeting is to help the organization mature by adding new perspectives and skills to the adult leadership.

“I’m really proud of what we’ve done at this point,” he said. “We’d like to round it out, get some people with specialties in some areas. We could use an accountant. We could use a lawyer. We could use marketing help.”

One goal is to build a more substantial financial base for the organization by getting a steadier flow of grant money to augment what the teens raise with their events and services.

TALK has generally has about 15 to 20 active teen members, Ploum said. The group has participated regularly in local festivals, providing living statues, music, art, poetry and face painting.

The teens recently started a face-painting business. Their first client was the Zombie Fun Run, a fundraiser for the Homewood-Flossmoor High School musicians’ spring break trip to Greece.

TALK members have also organized a number of events over the years, from spoken-word festivals to this year’s Trail Mix, a music festival that took place Sept. 10 in Izaak Walton Nature Preserve.

Ploum said adults would also be welcome who wish to volunteer to help but aren’t necessarily interested in serving on the board. The organization currently has three weekly sessions that need adult participation: a meeting on Sunday evenings and drop-in sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, where teens work on art and performance projects or do homework.

The event Wednesday will primarily be for adults, but several teen members of the organization will be on hand to talk about the organization and demonstrate face painting and poetry services.

Wine, cheese and other refreshments will be served, with support from Edible Arrangements of Flossmoor and Dunning’s Market in Homewood. RSVP is appreciated but not required. Email [email protected] or call 708-365-TALK for more information.

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