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ArtSpark empowers artists and creators to make a living while staying true to their creative practice. The company develops youth arts programs in some of the most challenging communities in Lithuania.

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For parents of Carmen Schentrup, constant reminders of the daughter they lost at Stoneman Douglas

Apr 20, 2018

For parents of Carmen Schentrup, constant reminders of the daughter they lost at Stoneman Douglas April Schentrup and Phil Schentrup gathered with friends and family at a memorial/tribute concert that the MSD orchestra performed on Thursday April 19 at ArtsPark in downtown Hollywood. Carmen Schentrup played violin in the orchestra for three years before dropping the activity this year. April Schentrup and Phil Schentrup gathered with friends and family at a memorial/tribute concert that the MSD orchestra performed on Thursday April 19 at ArtsPark in downtown Hollywood. Carmen Schentrup played violin in the orchestra for three years before dropping the activity this year. Michael MayoSun Sentinel When April Schentrup tuned in her favorite country station the other week, the one she used to listen to with her daughter Carmen, the song “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away” by Justin Moore was playing. In the past, April would sing along. This time, she bawled. She switched to Pandora. “If I Die Young” by the Band Perry came on. “Carmen saw them at the Kiss Chili Cook-off with us a few years back,” April wrote on Twitter this month. “When will I be able to listen to country music again?” “Crying is now part of our daily routine,” Phil Schentrup, Carmen’s father, said this week. Carmen Schentrup, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, was among 17 killed at the school on Valentine’s Day . She was a bright girl who skipped a grade, played violin and piano, and liked music of all types, including country. Her parents said Carmen wanted to become a medical researcher. “She didn’t want to be a doctor, because she couldn’t stand blood,” April said. Carmen died seven days shy of her 17th birthday. On the day after the massacre, the mail brought a letter informing Carmen that she had been named a National Merit Finalist. A few weeks later, her acceptance letter to the University of Washington arrived. Phil flashed back to their father-daughter trip to Seattle in January, when they toured the campus and hit tourist spots such as Pike Place Market. “Tissues are always in supply,” April Schentrup said. Jim Rassol / Sun Sentinel April Schentrup hugs director Stewart Rabin as her husband, Phil, looks on following a memorial concert by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High Orchestra for her daughter Carmen. April Schentrup hugs director Stewart Rabin as her husband, Phil, looks on following a memorial concert by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High Orchestra for her daughter Carmen. (Jim Rassol / Sun Sentinel) In a lengthy interview with the Sun Sentinel, the Schentrups opened up about their pain, the path ahead and the awkwardness they feel when friends and strangers approach to offer hugs and words of sympathy and support. “Most people don’t know what to say,” Phil said. “We don’t know what to say,” April added. “But we feel the love, and that helps enormously.” Carmen’s parents, college sweethearts who met at the University of Florida and have been married for 20 years, are trying to move forward by turning grief into action. They are honoring their daughter’s memory with two fundraising efforts: Carmen’s Fund , devoted to bringing about what they call “sensible gun laws,” and the more apolitical Carmen’s Dream, which will go toward ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) research. Carmen lost two people close to her, her great-aunt and a church choir leader, to the disease, and she wanted to work on a cure. The Schentrups are also trying to return to a normal routine. They have other children to care for — their youngest daughter, Evelyn, 14, attends Stoneman Douglas; their son, Robert, attends the University of Central Florida in Orlando — and jobs to get back to. April is principal of Pembroke Pines Elementary , Phil works for a technology company that services cruise ships. But the parents said nothing will ever be the same without Carmen. April said there have been days where she has been driving to work, says, “I just can’t do this today,” and turns around to head home. Phil said the couple ditched their usual staycation weekend at the Tortuga Music Festival in Fort Lauderdale because it just didn’t seem right. April said she has entered Carmen’s bedroom once, to pick up some clothes left on the floor. “You know how teens are,” Phil said. Miami Herald / Instagram / Courtesy Carmen Schentrup wanted to become a medical researcher. (Miami Herald / Instagram / Courtesy) April said she sometimes wears a pair of Carmen’s earrings that she took from the room, a way to keep her late daughter close to her. On a recent afternoon, April also wore a button with Carmen’s photograph on her shirt and two bracelets that had been given to her by friends and Carmen’s fellow students. One was made from block letters and spelled out, “RIP CARMEN.” The other said, “Faith, family, love.” Carmen loved the theater, as does her sister. Last Christmas, April and Phil gave the girls tickets to see “Wicked” during its February run at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. The gift dovetailed with the girls’ birthdays: Evelyn’s on Feb. 16 and Carmen’s on Feb. 21. The family held four tickets to the Feb. 21 performance. The parents were still numb and in shock on Carmen’s birthday a week after the massacre. CNN was holding a town hall meeting for Parkland families that same night . April and Phil asked Evelyn what she wanted to do. Evelyn said the family should go to the show, because that’s what Carmen would have wanted. They brought a friend so as not to have an empty seat. “We figure out things as we go along,” April said. The past week has been a whirlwind. April and Phil took part in an ALS charity walk with more than 60 friends and co-workers in Davie. Phil went to Washington, D.C., for one-on-one meetings with U.S senators, including Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson of Florida, to push for gun reform. And the family attended a Stoneman Douglas Orchestra concert dedicated to Carmen’s memory at the ArtsPark in Hollywood, the city where Carmen was born and where the Schentrups lived until they moved to Parkland seven years ago. Carmen played violin in the orchestra her first three years at Douglas. Before senior year, her father urged her to take it easy and lighten her hectic schedule. “She dropped orchestra but kept her six AP classes,” Phil said. At one point during the performance, Phil got up from his lawn chair and wandered to a far corner of park. He looked up at the dusk sky for a long time.

  • Where is ArtSpark's headquarters?

    ArtSpark's headquarters is located at 2424 Oro Vista NW, Albuquerque.

  • What is ArtSpark's latest funding round?

    ArtSpark's latest funding round is Unattributed.

  • How much did ArtSpark raise?

    ArtSpark raised a total of $10K.

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