JAYA:  Justice Art and Youth in Action

Building on several years of exhibits by young artists & activists at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, known as the 4th Wall Exhibits, YAC is teaming up again with the Michaëlle Jean Foundation and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia to build a 3-year project engaging youth from across Nova Scotia in telling the stories that too often are untold.

See more about 4th Wall Exhibits here:

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Want to help build the action plan for the project? Let us know how you see it happening right now on this very short survey:

English: https://goo.gl/GAzrYW

French: https://goo.gl/11fpyk

ABOUT THE MICHAËLLE JEAN FOUNDATION’S ARTS FOR COLLECTIVE IMPACT PROGRAMMING

The Michaëlle Jean Foundation empowers thousands of young people from underserved backgrounds to use their creativity to drive sustainable strategies that transform lives and revitalize communities. As part of our 4th Wall: Make the Invisible Visible program, high profile exhibitions, featuring emerging artists from disadvantaged communities, serve as catalysts to help undeserved youth mobilize stakeholders and the broader public around issues that matter to them. Then, as part of our Youth Community Action program, the Michaëlle Jean Foundation supports youth-driven organizations over a three-year period in responding to issues raised in each exhibition by developing and implementing action plans. Each plan is designed and implemented collaboratively by and for youth working with artists, government representatives, business leaders, academia, law enforcement, health and social service agencies, legal experts, neighbourhood associations and more. Learn how you can get involved at www.fmjf.ca.

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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.  http://www.4csfoundation.com

 

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