Positive Change Through the Power of The Arts: Every YAC program is aimed at working with youth to create lasting positive change (personal and community-wide) through activating the power and appeal of various art forms, and the human passion that always accompanies quality art-making.


YAC was founded in 2012 by Ann Denny and Ryan Veltmeyer. From 2008-2012 they developed YAC’s  approach of engaging youth through facilitating various art-skills and leadership programs Spryfield, Nova Scotia.

Why work with YAC?

YAC works in partnership with existing organizations and communities to support the development of youth as creative entrepreneurs and community leaders. If you are interested in helping youth gain confidence through exploring their talents, developing their skills as project leaders, supporting them to plan a career based on their passions or producing an event to inspire and mobilize their community YAC would love to hear from you and design a program to meet your specific needs.

Ryan Veltmeyer

Ryan Veltmeyer is a professional musician and youth community developer. For years he split his time between playing in bands (Paper Beat Scissors, Blown Gasket Orchestra and more recently, Mother of Girl) and working with teenagers in Nova Scotia to create positive change in their communities (HeartWood Centre for Community Youth Development & Halifax Public Libraries). In 2012 Ryan teamed up with Ann Denny to combine his passion for the arts and for youth engagement and founded Youth Art Connection.

Ann Denny

Ann Denny is a singer, songwriter(Mother of Girl), musical comedian (Anna Danova) and entrepreneur. After years of leading bands, performing in a variety of settings, teaching voice lessons and running an international translation business, she began working with Ryan Veltmeyer to share her creative talents to support the engagement of youth in their lives and their community. Founding and directing YAC has allowed her to combine years of experience in business and the arts into a satisfying career supporting the development of youth, communities and the local economy.

Art Builds Futures