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Tri-Cities Organization Helping Young Artists

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PASCO, Wash.

A local non-profit organization is challenging young people to make an impact through creativity. Over the past few years, Catalyst has played an integral role in developing many  young local artists, and as NBC Right Now found out, now the organization needs some help of its own.

Local band Staticbox has been working with Catalyst for the past few years. They spend their afternoons practicing in a Pasco garage, getting ready for their increasingly bigger gigs.

"We were actually one of the first electric bands to play at Tumbleweed. That was a big achievement for us," said band member Ivan Roman.

Catalyst organizes free shows for young people, a place where they can go and listen to music without being around drinking or drugs. But it's not just for music; the shows include everything from break dancers to poets. For the past three years, the non-profit has worked with hundreds of local artists in the area.

"Rather than have an adult come in and tell them what's wrong with the lyrics, we just need to listen, and say oh that's really cool," said Catalyst CEO CA Hurst.

The musicians say the free events have pumped life back into a local music scene that's been stagnant for years.

"It's kind of sad because the music scene has been dying, so Catalyst has really taken everything the other direction," said band member Richy Elledge.

That direction could soon be out of this garage. Catalyst is raising funds to find a permanent building, a safe place where teens can go to get their creative juices flowing.

The teens hope the organization that is helping them chase their dreams, will soon reach it's own.

"We have tons of friends in the music scene that all support it just as much, that really want to see it grow," said Elledge.

Staticbox and country singer Cale Moon will be performing this Saturday at the Ranch and Home Show. Catalyst is also planning another show for sometime next month. For more information on the organization, you can visit cat.alyst.org.

 

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