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 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.