YAC on the Road -Day 2: Fredericton & Montreal
After a late night of live reggae music, team YAC unwound at the Delta Hotel in Fredericton, NB, for a good night’s rest before morning meetings and a long day of cruising toward Montreal today.
The seven YAC representatives met over breakfast at Sweet Belgian Desire Cafe in the Charlotte Street Art Centre, rekindling connections from last year’s Growing a Creative Economy Conference in Cape Breton.
This morning YAC connected with high energy representatives from Battle of the Arts, the New Brunswick Arts Board, and the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design to learn from each other’s successes and help each other in their struggles.
Justine Koroscil, Director of Administration at the New Brunswick Arts Board, shared her agreement with YAC’s principle of intentionally involving youth on relevant policy makers’ discussions to engage their vital influence, while Saa Andrew Gbongbor from Battle of the Arts explained his vision for expanding the reach and impact of his organization.
Later, Shane Perley-Dutcher, Aboriginal Visual Arts Instructor at New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, led YAC through a tour of the campus with Andrew Paul Price, a student at NBCCD who showed off his intricate aboriginal art. Throughout the inside look at NBCCD’s ceramics, metalwork, fashion design, woodwork, and graphic design & media, YAC’s Artpreneurs were inspired and encouraged to pursue their respective crafts with gumption anew!
After YAC finished marveling at the magic of NBCCD’s 3D printer, they spent the rest of the day traveling to Montreal where they will pick up tomorrow for more adventures on the way to the Michaëlle Jean Foundation Power of the Arts National Forum!
Thanks to YAC’s supporters like McInness Cooper and Communities, Culture and Heritage (CCH, NS), we have exciting opportunities like this to connect and collaborate with youth art advocates and activists in other provinces!