A community activist and artist has opened a creative wellness studio close to FAMU’s campus.
Breathe in Color Studio, a newly established space offering art workshops, pole fitness classes and a multi-functional space for Tallahassee’s collegiate, BIPOC and low-income communities, was recently launched by Teylor Parks, a Florida A&M University graduate.
The studio is located on the western end of FAMU Way in the Railroad Square area.
The business had its grand opening on Jan. 16. Parks later held an MLK Day Black Art and Business Expo to celebrate the historic holiday and welcomed Black businesses and creatives.
The studio has frequently held captivating art exhibits and pole exercise courses that have sold out. Teylor wants to make the studio an “open canvas” where emerging artists can hold activities aimed at empowering the community as a whole.
“I have always been interested in building a collaborative space for artistic expression, collective healing and community engagement,” Parks said.
“I recognize the immense artistry and entrepreneurial energy that’s budding throughout the city. This space is a place for us to connect, create and monetize our gifts.”
Parks focused her efforts on mental health work after graduating, touring the Southeast and selling cards, while performing “mantra songs” in the process. For her efforts to the city, she was given the “Top 20 Under 40” Golden Ace Award by the Tallahassee Network of Young Professionals in 2022.
Parks has had a significant positive impact on the local community through her love for the arts.
Nandrea Burrell, a pole student who has taken multiple classes, is an active participant at Breathe in Color. She says she enjoys all the time spent there.
“Breathe in Color embodies Teylor’s personality,” Burrell said. “A beautiful space that sparks creativity and inclusion and ensures an enjoyable experience. I recommend any and everyone to experience it at least once. I really appreciate Teylor for creating it.”
Franchesca Joseph is also a pole student at the studio and a mother.
“My interactions with the Breathe in Color studio have always been positive. Despite the fact that this was my first experience taking pole courses, Teylor the instructor makes me feel quite at ease and confident in myself,” Joseph said. “I felt it was great that Taylor organized a class only for mothers to attend since it inspired those who doubted their ability to succeed.”
Joseph agreed that the studio is reasonably priced, and she has started bringing her sister along because she loves it so much.