The Artsy Story


Creativity is intelligence having fun.

~Albert Einstein

Nurturing Creative Talent. Empowering Young Minds.

The Artsy Institute provides training, workshops, and experiences from the undefined world of creative art and design into the lives of young people, women and and other minorities. Building personal character, long term skills and professional guidance within an open space and free spirited atmosphere. The Artsy Institute provides a fun, engaging and entrepreneurial style learning in creative arts, from Art to Fashion, Interior Design to Beauty, and Culinary to Music. Our program is created to develop critical thinking, encourage professionalism and most importantly inspire hearts and minds to greatness.

Our team has over 20 years of industry experience in all disciplines, from beauty experts  to communications; fashion designers to etiquette coaches that aim to empower minds to bring an alternative point of view in day-to-day decision-making using creative art training.  

We believe that creative arts training–with its emphasis on creation and critical thinking–is vital to the success of all young minds in varying disciplines of education and professions; from business, engineering, science, tech, health, political, legal, and design minds.

Our summer camps and workshop can range from 0ne-two weeks with study tour options around the globe. 

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Anthony Baltazar

Hair and Makeup Artist

Joining us from Chicago, by way of Hollywood, CA, Anthony Baltazar will be working with our Beauty Pathway students. Anthony is a wonderful gem to have on our team and is a delight. A hair stylist and makeup artists for over 20 years, he has worked with modelling agencies such as Wilhemina and Ford, the Billboards and Oscars, Nylon and Time Out Chicago magazines, and designer Lara Miller just to name a few. He knows how to bring out natural beauty and looks for the big screen from head to neck. Additionally, whilst working with models, he knows his way around the camera and will assist students in taking the perfect selfie for the Beauty Pathway project.


Marissa Kendrick

Artist/Jewellery designer

Marissa Kendrick is an entrepreneur, artist, designer, and humanitarian. Originally from Gary, Indiana, she moved to Chicago where she attended Columbia College and the Illinois Institute of Art. Inspired by art, storytelling and a desire to empower others in their life journey, Marissa Kendrick founded the Deleay Lashay brand in 2010. Marissa has travelled with her brand to Milan, Italy, New York, Chicago, Miami, Washington D.C., California, and has also been featured at the Black Women’s Expo, Essence Festival, and more.


Sharon N Hughes

Founder and Stylist and Fashion Business Professional

Sharon is the founder and Creative Director of TAI and is a forward thinking, marketing polymath with the ability to inspire and motivate creatives to be successful, business savvy entrepreneurs and industry professionals. She, is an internationally recognized speaker, fashion marketing professional and lecturer. A graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, Sharon has over 18 years’ experience working in fashion marketing management for InStyle Magazine UK, Macy’s Inc, Lori’s Shoes, Limited Brands and She also has a knack for style and an eye for design and will be leading the Fashion Pathways students.


Shalonda Tunkara, MUA & MAC Artist Joan Lancaster, MUA


Shermell Martin, Hair Specialist Reggi Williams, Skincare Specialist