Celebrities Celebrate the Spot

Youth Art Connection’s program The Spot is a free drop-in arts space that promotes youth mental health through music and visual creativity. It is facilitated by artists from Halifax’s creative community and managed by staff from Connections.  “The Spot” is open to youth twice a week at The Pavillion, an HRM building on the Commons.

When The Spot didn’t receive HRM Interim Arts Funding this year, disappointment turned to determination and The Spot: Live Charity Auction was born! This live auction is happening The Carleton Music Bar and Grill on March 29th from 2-5pm.

Local artists, musicians, business and even Mayor Savage have all heeded the call for donations to the live auction.  Together we are creating an exciting afternoon where guest auctioneers and local celebrities including the John Dunsworth (aka Mr. Lahey from the Trailer Park Boys!) will auction off delightful, exciting and hilarious items including:

  • Lunch with Mike & Mike (share a meal at the Carleton with owner Mike Cambell and Mayor Savage)
  • Dinner and a dog walk with Erin Costelo
  • Wintersleep’s Tim D’Eon will record you a personalized voicemail
  • Rich Aucoin’s hat & sunglasses
  • Sketching session with Emma Fitzgerald

The afternoon will feature young artists from The Spot and surprise celebrity performers. The goal is to raise $5,000 in order to keep The Spot’s doors open for the rest of this term. Donna Rhyno’s Son has been attending The Spot for over a year and she has this to say about his experience:

“I can’t believe the change in him since [he started going]. He has come out of his shell, gained confidence and self esteem. He is more talkative now and much happier. Most importantly, he has made friends. He and two other Spot attendees have formed a band and that is the highlight of my son’s life. He can’t wait for Tuesday and Thursay evenings when they meet at the Spot. It gives him something to look forward to and now he feels he has a purpose and a future.”

The Spot, operating on a shoestring budget and the good will of volunteers, artists and community organizations has supported the creative  development and mental health of over a thousand youth in the last few years. With the support Halifax’s rich arts and culture scene through this Live Charity Auction, they plan to continue offering social, creative, mental health support in a fun and supportive environment.

A limited supply of $10 Early Bird tickets are available for purchase online at Eventbrite here: http://alturl.com/b3q7r or call Ann Denny to reserve by phone at: 902-877-5894. Tickets will also be available at the door on March 29th for $15.

See you at the auction!!!




Honouring James Skerry

Youth Art Connection staff, friends and family are deeply saddened by the loss of James Skerry, a creative entrepreneur and musician from Dartmouth Nova Scotia. We are also honoured to receive donations to the ArtPreneur program. YAC hopes to honour his memory by supporting a young person to turn their passion into a career, follow their dreams, inspire others and be an example to their community in the same way as James.

James’ obituary is here: James Skerry.

Donations to YAC can be made online here: www.youthartconnection.ca/donations/

Donations to YAC can be accepted via cheque made out to:

Youth Art Connection

18 Idlewlyde Rd

Halifax, NS, B3N 1B9

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