What are we up to? We're busy, busy, busy making things happen. It's incredibly important to us to help out youth and that's why we're taking the initiative to make things move rather than just going after government funding (although we ARE doing that too).
All of us, including our board are all volunteers, meaning we're dedicating hours and hours on top of being full-time moms, our full-time jobs and our full-time businesses. This is why we NEED your help. Whether it's getting the word out, becoming a sponsor or donating, we absolutely CAN NOT do this without you.
Here's what's up:
OUR CROWDFUNDING HAS LAUNCHED!
Thank you to our supporters so far! We need more! Head over to Generosity to donate.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE IDEAS THAT YOUTH HAVE?
We're receiving applications for youth that are looking for funding and a mentor! And we LOVE what we're getting in. Here's a few examples and let me say - WOW:
- Creating mats for homeless people
- An event to fundraise money for CHEO
- A decolonial art, stencil based workshop to educate others on Indigenous queer persepectives
- A full length CD for a singer/songwriter to help them cope with sexual assault and connect to others
- A software based recording label that helps break down barriers that young producers and artists face
WHY OFFER ONE ON ONE MENTORSHIP?
Not everyone learns or functions well in groups. It can be scary to be yourself or to ask the questions you want to ask in large settings. Often you can feel ignored. As a teacher and facilitator, we can often feel like we don't have enough one on one time with the students or participants. When we have large groups in front of us, we can't connect with people in the same way that a private setting can provide.
While I personally can be in a social setting and can do well in them, I actually prefer one on one environments. I function better and learn better in small settings and I open up a lot more when I'm in a private setting, so I can relate to those out there that are the same. I know there are many of us. There are also TONS of programs out there that offer youth a chance to work in large groups, and while that's amazing in many ways, we want to focus on the youth that need one on one time and in the end, we believe that it's a sure way to have meaningful, long-term connections with them.
APPLICATIONS ARE STILL OPEN!!!
Take the time to APPLY HERE.
SELECTED YOUTH WILL PRESENT AT A CATERED & INSTRUCTED A.R.T. NIGHT
And you are welcome to attend so that you can eat, paint and vote on the project that you feel most inspired by. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE!
WHY IS ART SO IMPORTANT?
Let us first bring to light an article that Apartment 613 published about the arts community in Canada and in Ottawa - READ ENTIRE POST HERE.
When we think about art, we think about it as just something that is a hobby or just for fun. What we don't realize is how much of art is in everything we do - from television, radio, movies, advertisements, songs - art is an expression of oneself and can be translated into a profession. Not just that, it is therapeutic. It can relieve sadness, pain, provide a way to cope with trauma and essentially, art can save a person's life.
Art is so vital to the community, for youth especially because they are what move our society forward. If we can find a way to connect with youth and offer a creative outlet to them that will not only build their confidence but help them succeed in their dreams - we will. And we are.
I'm sure you know someone that has benefitted from self-expression and a creative outlet. Our outlet is free. And we always want to keep it that way for youth. We're doing what we can and if you could join us, we'd love that, because all the support we can get matters.