A Unique Project

18Mar13

In partnership with PLEA Ridge Meadows Youth Services Tuesday night youth drop in, Children of the Street provided three Youth Art Engagement Project sessions for 12 participants. The project was funded by Vancouver Coast Health Call Out Leadership Grants, and the youth were actively engaged as part of the organization process of this project to help them gain experience and leadership skills.

Facilitators Jenny and Kevin

The first hour of The Youth Art Engagement Project features interactive education on sexual exploitation, media influence and gender roles, and peer to peer empowerment. The second hour is dedicated to social justice art, where youth have the opportunity to try an art form of their choosing to express their thoughts on the education they participated in.

A group art piece created in one of our interactive education sessions

A group art piece created in one of our interactive education sessions

Youth participants created masks, collage, clay sculpture, photography, watercolor, acrylic, and pencil drawing. Some of the goals youth identified for their projects were to create beautiful art, to be able to show their art in a gallery setting, to inspire and educate others, and be self aware of what supports are available.

Art projects created by youth participants

Art projects created by youth participants

The project was a wonderful success, and the youth art created were showcased on Tuesday, March 12th, 2013, from 3-6pm at The Maple Ridge Arts Centre and Theatre. Youth participants will also be invited to join Children of the Street’s Celebration Art Gallery coming up in June.

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