National Youth Arts Week Youth Organizers
Nous avons des Coordonnateurs communautaires et de jeunes organisateurs de la Semaine nationale jeunesse-arts dans différentes localités du pays. Lisez-en plus pour découvrir ces jeunes artistes et leaders qui travaillent fort pour donner corps à la Semaine nationale jeunesse-arts.
Si l’un d’entre eux se trouve dans votre ville ou votre communauté, n’hésitez pas à le contacter directement pour lui poser des questions ou lui faire part d’idées qui vous enthousiasment. S’il n’y a pas de coordonnateur dans votre coin, cliquez ici pour découvrir comment en recruter un.
Community Coordinator//Pascale Arpinfirstname.lastname@example.org
Pascale Arpin is an arts programming coordinator, and freelance artist, living in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Originally from Ottawa, she moved to the Arctic in February 2011 upon completing her Bachelor of Humanities and Sociology at Carleton University. With art as her main passion and priority, Pascale devotes much of her time and energy to creating and facilitating projects and programs that expose individuals to both traditional and contemporary art practices and allow them to engage in art-making activities. Among other projects, Pascale created and weekly facilitates the first art program to be offered at the Nunavut Women’s Correctional Centre. She also founded the Makuktu Art Project, of which the goal is to provide youth in Nunavut with exciting opportunities to express themselves artistically. Pascale also currently works as the Communications Advisor for the Nunavut Arts & Crafts Association. Find out more about her various projects at www.pascale-arpin.com
Community Coordinator//Zondra Royemail@example.com
Zondra “Pricelys” Roy, who also goes by Zoey, is from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan; she grew up traveling across North America with her father and was in tae kwon do as a young girl, living with her mom around Saskatchewan. Zondra is currently living in Saskatoon. She is an activist, a writer, a facilitator, a community leader and an adventurer. Zondra is most passionate about the northern rural and remote communities in Canada and learning more about the marginalized young people across the world.
She maintains a role within national and regional organizations including Young Leadership Team (Regional Community Action Coordinator) with Health Canada on Tobacco Control in partnership with the Students Commission of Canada, Regional Coordinator for Arts Network for Children and Youth, Event Coordinator for Rock the Vote Canada, Outreach Coordinator for Unified Minds Youth Action Network and her primary role, a Project Coordinator with CRU (Connections and Resources for U) Youth Wellness Centre. Zoey plans to attend university and pursue a career in social entrepreneurship. “The legacy is the process”
Blind River & Mississauga First Nations
Community Coordinator//Jon Cada
Jon Cada has been working in the Community Arts scene since 2011. His background in communications and experience working with First Nation communities across Ontario has given him insight and support to bring new ideas to his home community in Mississauga First Nation. Jon currently works for Thinking Rock Community Arts as the communications and outreach coordinator. Thinking Rock aims to connect and work with artists, organizers, activators, elders, youth, and youth mentors across the Algoma District in Northern Ontario to deliver sustainable community arts based projects to the area. Jon also writes and is a sports buff who has done play-by-play commentary on the radio, television and online broadcasts for multiple sports.
Sault Ste. Marie
Community Coordinator//Kenisha Grant
Kenisha is from a Caribbean Island called St. Vincent & the Grenadines and has been residing in Canada for the past five years. She graduated from Seneca College last year with honours in the Social services program, where she specialized with immigrants & refugees and she is currently enrolled in her final semester of the Community Development (BA) program at Algoma University. Kenisha worked and volunteered while juggling school in the community service field, and as a result of this experience and a previous experience as a youth ambassador in her home country, she aspires to be an international youth/women’s ambassador, as well as a social worker. Kenisha is currently doing her field placement at the Arts Council as the community coordinator of the National Youths Art week.
Community Coordinator//Charlie Andrewsfirstname.lastname@example.org
Charlie is passionate about music, culture, equality, and is thrilled to be the Sudbury Coordinator for National Youth Arts Week! Upon completion of her Bachelor's Degree in Music from Laurentian University, in Sudbury, she engaged in the community by being involved within the University community and Serving on the Board for Independent Living Sudbury Manitoulin. Also during this time, she freelanced in community orchestras across Northern Ontario, including: Sudbury, Timmins, North Bay, and Sault Ste. Marie Symphony Orchestra's. In 2011-12, Charlie was elected President of the Laurentian University Students' General Association (SGA/AGE), where she was able to advocate and elevate the quality of student life at the University.
In 2013, she was awarded a Top 40 Under Forty award and completed her graduate studies at York University, where she served on the Executive Committee for the Canadian Union of Public Employees. Also at this time, Charlie engaged as an artist in the community by performing in various Orchestra's, such as: Orchestra Toronto, Celebrity Symphony Orchestra, Korean-Canadian Symphony Orchestra, and managed the Inspirations Orchestra.
Charlie has engaged in many organizations professionally, such as: Playwrights Guild of Canada, Coalition for Music Education in Canada, York University, Laurentian University, and Sudbury Symphony Orchestra.
"Sudbury is a diverse community and has a growing commitment to the arts and culture sector. NYAW will serve as an opportunity to unite creative youth within the community to make a meaningful impact within Sudbury. -Charlie Andrews
Community Coordinator//Alana Forslund
Youth Mobilizer//Lora Northway
Lora Northway is a visual artist and the Youth Outreach Administrator for the Def Sup Artist Run Centre and Gallery in Thunder Bay. She is also the founder of Def Sup’s youth art collective, Die Active. This collective, of 300+ artists, creates massive graffiti walls, Y-Art sales, an art-zine publication and several other art interventions each year. Die Active strives to increase the visibility of new and young artists in Thunder Bay while encouraging sustainable practices and alternative models for working. They promote the sharing of skills and culture through the creation of art, craft, education, and performance.
Community Coordinator//Patrick Hunteremail@example.com
Patrick Hunter, Kewadinaang (ka-way-din-an, or North Star) is a visual artist following in the footsteps of the Woodland artists from his hometown, Red Lake, Ontario. He received his degree in graphic design from Sault College, in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario where he was also the president of the Native Student Council for two terms. In 2010, and 2011, Patrick organized the Sault College Pow-wow. While in Sault Ste. Marie, Patrick was part of The Medicine Factory Studio, an artist-run centre comprised of youth visual artists. During his membership, Patrick was the sole graphic designer for their inaugural exhibition entitled Recent Works from the Factory. In 2013 Patrick created and coordinated Death to Winter Fest, a winter festival celebrating local musicians and artists, which took place in Red Lake. Patrick has been published in SEVEN Youth Magazine. Patrick now splits his time between Toronto and Red Lake, returning to his hometown to facilitate Woodland Art painting workshops in the highschool and in the community. Patrick is excited to be returning to his hometown to coordinate National Youth Arts Week May 1 - 7. Photograph was taken by Harriet Carlson.
Community Coordinator//Aaron Neebfirstname.lastname@example.org
Music teacher and consultant Aaron Neeb grew up near Crediton, Ontario on a dairy farm. After attending South Huron District High School, Aaron pursued his musical studies at the University of Western Ontario where he studied french horn. In 2011, Aaron graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Music, Honors Music Education. He then attended the Althouse Faculty of Education where he studied Intermediate/Senior Music and History. In 2012, he graduated from the faculty of education and was the recipient of the Don Wright Faculty of Education Music Scholarship, an award given based on academic excellence in instrumental music pedagogy. Aaron is currently employed with the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board and the Avon Maitland District School Board as a supply teacher and as the Youth Cultural Coordinator for South Huron program “Imagine South Huron”. Imagine South Huron is a youth entrepreneurship program that assists youth in commercializing their talents in arts, culture and heritage in South Huron. Through Imagine South Huron, Aaron has coordinated a number of enterprises including the South Huron Youth Jazz Band, the Arts Cafe Coffeehouses, and the Musicality School of Music. Aaron is very excited to be part of National Youth Arts Week!
Youth Mobilizer//Laura Service
Laura is the Outreach Coordinator and Gallery Manager at Arts Council Windsor & Region. She received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Honours degree at the University of Windsor. She is interested in community engagement on an interpersonal level. She believes that a strong creative community is an integral driving force of a thriving culture.
Youth Mobilizer//Joshua Babcock
Joshua is a multidisciplinary visual artist and musician from Windsor, Ontario. Joshua is a co-founder of Broken City Lab, a Windsor-based artist collective and non-profit organization working to unfold curiosities around locality and civic engagement in urban spaces. Information on BCL projects can be found at http://www.brokencitylab.org
Youth Mobilizer//Karlene Nielsen
Karlene is a Community Coordinator with the United Way funded Ford City Neighbourhood Renewal. Karlene enjoys advocating for art with artists in her hometown Windsor. Recently she worked with artists and residents to launch the Ford City Alley Mural Project. Karlene is a proud member of the Border City Brawlers roller derby league.
Youth Mobilizer//Julia Hall
Julia is an independent artist and designer based in Windsor, Ontario. Samples of her multidisciplinary projects can be found at http://www.behance.net/JuliaHall
Youth Mobilizer//Owen Eric Wood
Owen Eric Wood is an award-winning video artist whose work has shown at galleries and festivals in more than 30 countries. He works with a wide variety of artists and arts organizations through his activities in curating, writing, video production and education. Owen’s web site: www.owenericwood.com
Prince Edward Island
Youth Mobilizer//Ryan Veltmeyer
Youth Mobilizer//Andy Cunninghamemail@example.com
Newfoundland and Labrador
Community Coordinator//Kyle Bustin
Kyle Bustin is a visual artist based out of St. John’s Newfoundland. His practice largely revolves around contemporary murals and alternative installation work. He works at Eastern Edge Gallery, an artist run gallery in St. John’s, and has worked as a preparator for the Grenfell Art Gallery. In both institutions he has run and assisted in many workshops for children and youth participants. In 2009 he was one of three Newfoundland representatives sent to the National Arts Program at the Canada Summer Games where he took on leadership roles as young artists from across Canada planned a multidisciplinary performance. For National Youth Week in St. John’s he plans on focusing his efforts on showing the youth how to work in alternative setting within their community with several workshops, community discussions and movie screenings.