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Kids get creative during Minnesota Fashion Week

Crayola is helping young designers create their own looks to model on the runway.

MINNEAPOLIS — During fall Fashion Week in Minnesota, the Crayola Experience is helping young artists create their own colorful styles in a first-of-its-kind design and runway event.

The Kid’s Color Fashion Experience opens the world of fashion to children ages 5 to 18. Young designers will participate in a series of workshops at the Crayola Experience to create a look, model it and learn how to produce a runway show.

Each look is created using Crayola products on a newly patented, sustainable T-shirt style fashion product developed by the Minneapolis-based company Inclusivi-Tee.

The children work with industry professionals and child mentors, including Sanya Pirani, who uses her passion for design to make a difference.

The 13-year-old is the founder of the nonprofit Sanya’s Hope for Children, an organization dedicated to ensuring all kids have necessities like food, shelter, clothes and safety.

Pirani’s organization sells specially designed bags filled with school supplies, a toy and a book.

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“It’s just like something that comes from your heart. It gets on paper or it gets on fabric or whatever it is, it just makes you feel so happy you’re letting a part of yourself get out to the world,” Pirani said.

The Kids Color Fashion Experience isn’t just for budding artists. Kelly Anderson, the event’s creative strategist, says kids are learning valuable STEAM skills that will help them do whatever they choose in the future.

That’s right, STEAM not STEM. Science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Anderson says the arts is what really brings out our creativity.

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“As we grow older, we’re put into these shells. That it’s not OK to get as outside of the box as we should be. These events help kids realize that they need these skills to be an engineer or a technician, or anything that has to do with that. You still have to be creative,” Anderson explained.

To see the creative work for yourself, the runway show is from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28 and open to the public. Tickets are $17.99 and available for purchase online

You can also enter to win a four-pack of tickets to the Kids Color Fashion Show or four tickets to the Crayola Experience.