JUSTICE, ART & YOUTH IN ACTION INITIATIVE
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:
By partnering with communities, organizations and local events, and by an online campaign launching in the winter of 2017, we will aim to engage as many Nova Scotians from different backgrounds as possible in designing 3-years of support for youth artists making art about justice in their communities and lives.
The project will specifically support youth around justice issues including the legacy of the Indian Residential Schools, the over-representation of Black youth in the criminal justice system, intimate partner violence, and violence towards LGBTQ youth.
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:
First Peace and Justice Forum
Community-Driven Action on Gun Violence, Relations with Police and the Criminalization of Black Youth on the Agenda
HALIFAX, January 10, 2017 – Over one-hundred Nova Scotians are slated to convene on January 21, 2017, for the inaugural Nova Scotian 2017 Peace Forum.
Taking place at the O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library, between 2 and 4 pm, the event will see community leaders, young artists, activists and visionaries, gathered to pay tribute to young Black Nova Scotian change makers, using the arts to bring peace to the province. The gathering will also serve as a safe and open space to enhance creative, community-driven and sustainable solutions to the scourge of gun violence, to issues of relations with police, and to youth incarceration, which disproportionately affects Black youth in the province.
Guest speakers include the Honourable Tony Ince, Minister of Community, Culture and Heritage, His Honour Michael Savage, Mayor of Halifax, Jean-Michel Blais, Chief of the Halifax Regional Police Force, and Lindell Smith, Halifax City Councillor. Young artists and activists including Halifax’s 2015 poet laureate El Jones, Stop the Violence movement head Quentrel Provo, Kate MacDonald of The Magic Project, Jody Upshaw and many more, have also confirmed.
“It is crucial to provide spaces where diverse groups can have conversations, share knowledge and spur community-driven action on issues affecting marginalized Nova Scotians,” says Bria Miller, Facilitator of the Justice, Art & Youth in Action Initiative Forum. “Ensuring youth input in the process demonstrates that young people, particularly young artists, have critical tools and strategies to offer for creating change. We must ensure that they have adequate support and are understood to be part of the solution.”
The 2017 Peace Forum is part of the Justice, Art and Youth in Action Initiative, which is the fruit of a partnership between the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and Youth Art Connection. Over the next few months, the Justice, Arts and Youth in Action Initiative Team will be hosting other peace forums focusing on Indigenous rights and reconciliation, violence experienced by LGBTQIAP2S+ peoples, and intimate partner violence, and canvassing the province to gather suggestions for an action plan that will support young people of a variety of backgrounds using arts to advance peace and justice across Nova Scotia.
Individuals and groups interested in attending can confirm their participation no later than 6 pm on January 18, 2017, by writing to JAYAinitiative@gmail.com.
For more information about the Justice, Arts and Youth in Action Initiative, please visit: http://www.fmjf.ca/en/programming/collective-impact/.
For more information about the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, please visit: www.artgalleryofnovascotia.ca.
For more information about the forum contact:
JAYA Communications and Promotions Officer
Telephone: (902) 402 0085
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.