As youth gain experience and start to think about their future, an inevitable question emerges. How am I going to make a living? At YAC we believe that an essential skill to building a successful career is being able to understand, articulate and connect personal skill sets and passions to career opportunities.


Youth Art Connection brought the Artpreneurs program to three rural communities:

Bridgewater | Clare |  Sydney

What we do

A program to help talented diverse youth from priority backgrounds to:

  • learn business skills in the creative industries
  • connect them with networks and resources to grow their businesses and provide opportunities to practice their skills.

ARTpreneurs has 3 formats: intro 12 week program, ongoing ARTpreneur Hub drop-in sessions, and in-development ARTpreneurs-in-a-Box

What is ARTpreneurs?

it supports eristically talented youth from priority communities to develop the business skills, networks and opportunities they need to turn their talent into a career. They are social entrepreneurs, never forgetting where they came from, working to make Nova Scotia a better place for the younger generation to live and work. 

Artpreneurs have met regularly throughout March and April and received:

– connections to professional artist mentors
– the basics of business as it relates to the arts
– a network of other Artpreneurs across Nova Scotia
– financial investment towards the ‘next step’ in their business idea
– opportunities to pitch and sell their creative services or products at a high profile ‘ArtCeleration’ event near their community

Success Stories

Maje (Rap Artist)

Hip Hop performer and activist MAJE won the Music NS Viola Desmond Songwriting Contest, taking home a $10,000 prize in February of 2015.

Cavell Holland (Dance/Graphic Designer)

from studying in NYC at Broadway Dance Centre, Cavel founded a hip-hop dance company called “Small Fortune” which is vastly growing to be one of Halifax’s premier performance groups. 

Paige Cameron (Digital Artist)

Paige has shipped 2.5 million new digital products for international video game, giant Valve in 2015 through her company, “Whiterend Creative Inc. 

For more information, contact YAC Co-executive Director Ryan Veltmeyer at 902-579-4673, or youthartconnection(at)

This program was made possible by the Nova Scotia Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. Other partners will be announced soon!

Current & Upcoming Programs

ArtPreneurs YAC supportS talented youth (selected by their peers) to connect with professional artists, local organizations and the business community, and create products or services connected to their creative talents. Youth will have opportunities to practice selling their products to relevant markets and develop a plan for making money using skills related to their passions.

Sing Your Song is a program lead by Jont Troubour, a veteran singer/songwriter who supports youth to write original songs and accompanies them with his expert guitar playing.

Project OpporTUNEity A youthled project helping connect youth-serving organizations to live performances through securing concert tickets and supporting cultural organizations to adapt to the needs of youth and encourage their attendance.

We Day – Spryfield In the fall of 2013, Free the Children hosted the first We Day at the Halifax Metro Centre. Superstars and inspiring speakers motivated youth to take positive local action and international action. The We Day – Spryfield group hosted various fundraisers for local and international charity using their creative talents, including performing original songs and dances with high level peer artists at the Halifax Shopping Centre and fundraising hundreds of dollars for the Kids Help Phone and Free the Children.

St. George’s Youthnet Teen Program helps teens from an existing youth program connect to cultural organizations and artists in their community, and learn skills related to the professional arts.

National Youth Arts Week 2014(May 1st-7th): YAC supports youthled community arts activities throughout Nova Scotia

Past Programs

Art Circles with Rt. Hon. Michaëlle Jean – In 2011 and 2013 Youth Art Connection hosted a gathering of local youth artists and organizations to connect with the Rt. Hon Michaëlle-Jean. These meetings have led to discussion and action by creative youth for positive social change in their lives and in their community.

Food, Music, Dance is an intergenerational art sharing program. What happens when you bring together youth entrepreneurs from Halifax’s Hope Blooms link – program with the North End Walkers (seniors walking program) and professional musicians, dancers and chefs? Fun, connections and learning! Program made possible with a grant from the 4Cs Foundation.


National Youth Arts Week 2012-13: YAC supports youthled community arts activities throughout Nova Scotia

Youth on the Radar (YoR) is an after school leadership and arts program based in J.L. Ilsley Highschool in Spryfield, Nova Scotia.

Project Sing provides professional singing instruction to youth who otherwise would not be able to access lessons.

What’s the 411? teaches youth to write and express themselves through rapping and beat-making. Halifax-based hip-hop artist JBru supports youth to write, perform and record original hip-hop songs. He opens doors to young rappers through his deep connections into the Canadian hip-hop scene and years of experience touring with Nova Scotian rapper Classified.

Konyon Ca$h Show Meet young rapper/dancer/producer and story-teller Konyon Ca$h. Sure to entertain and inspire youth to follow their dreams, Konyon is a favourite with junior high and highschool audiences.

Art Builds Futures