Local teenage artist will showcase his work at the Uptown Music & Arts Festival

The annual Uptown Music and Arts Festival will take place this Saturday at Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. There will be jazz musicians performing and artwork on display. One of the artists who’ll be showcasing their work is only 17 years old. “So, I got into art about two years ago,” said Edwin Rodriguez, a 17-year-old art student in the University Area CDC Prodigy program. The program allows students to take visual and performing arts classes. “I wanted to do something after school,” said Edwin. “And I’ve always had a thing for art just as a hobby.” As you can see, Edwin has quite the talent. A keen eye for lively colors up against a backdrop that tells a cultural story. “I’m an immigrant. So, I like to make it known,” he said. “And the style is clearly connected to Caribbean and jazz.”