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Tina Melo, is a native Rhode Islander, is widely recognized as a leading Fashion Expert, a social conscious entrepreneur and a leader of the youth. Author of two books, I WANT TO BE A FASHION DESIGNER and the upcoming award-winning author of THE HEALING POWER OF ART. After graduating from The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Tina worked as a Knitwear and Sweater designer in New York. Tina moved to Munich, Germany to open the first personalized trend forecasting service, The Melo Reports, used by 90% of the Fashion Industry; Ralph Lauren, Victoria’s Secret and Converse. In the year 2000 she sold the business and devoted herself to raising her two sons. Tina advocated on behalf of all artists which helped pass The ART TAX FREE Bill in Rhode Island back in 2011, which lead her to take on another career path. after living in Europe for the past twenty years. This time to support local artists. She fulfilled her mission by opening Galeria United, a one-of-a-kind, first-of-its-kind, gallery where multi-discipline artists and designers were mixed and curated according to Feng-Shui principles. As news of Galeria United reached artists outside the state of RI, Tina began representing, and promoting them in and outside the galeria.
Each wall was arranged by concept and theme. It was a layout reminiscent to the Melo Reports, and she adorned the walls with watercolor, oil, acrylic paintings mixed in with jewelry, handbags, apparel, photography, x-ray art, furniture and many other mediums. Inside Galeria United was a room to teach all ages, as well as a spa for healing. Tina provided services to the artists by promoting music videos, and posting on social media, giving them platforms never before explored, by combining her background from the fashion industry, she increased their sales by 50% each year. As well as matching up an artist with a designer, or a photographer to produce amazing one of kind pieces. https://providenceonline.com/stories/galeria-united-art-gallery-boutique-pawtucket-providence-monthly,4447
In 2014, Tina founded The Melo Project Runway For The Youth, a non-profit organization, acknowledged by the Rhode Island House of Representatives as an child's advocate and the voice for future generations. Tina specifically focused on advocating for the youth in the arts. Tina strongly believes that children, when given the proper education and tools, are able to achieve college proficiency in the creative world of apparel design, as well as an artist. Her work with the youth gained both domestic and international followers. Tina was selected as a a key speaker on TEDX. Her topic was “An idea worth sharing”.
Tina's advocating for the Arts has not stopped. She is the recipient of many accolades. She is the founder of a revolutionary teaching method M.E.L.O that is designed to nurture, heal, educate & empower through the creative Arts.
Tina's mission is clear and concise -- to continue to give back her knowledge, especially those born with physical and mental disabilities. "Saving Lives In Texas." her latest venture is a religious and spiritual nonprofit organization that offers the healing arts to survivors of child trafficking, elderly, front line workers and veterans.
The Melo Project Runway For The Youth website is: http://www.meloprojectrunway.com
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