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10th Anniversary of AGNS & Pheonix Partnership

June 22, 2011 – HALIFAX, NS - A successful ten year partnership between the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Phoenix Youth Programs will culminate in an Open House and public show of work on Thursday June 23rd at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 1723 Hollis Street from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. All are welcome to attend this special celebration of art and youth.

Designed for youth to find their individual voices through art, young people have been meeting at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia every Thursday for the past ten years for a light dinner and a drop-in studio program.

This program is facilitated by artists and staff from the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and Phoenix Youth Programs. It offers youth the opportunity to build resiliency, confidence and cooperation by developing their artistic and social skills in a relaxed and inspiring learning environment.

Dale Sheppard, Curator of Education and Public Programs at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia said:

“Over the past 10 years, our two organizations have worked closely together to provide a creative and safe place for young adults to share a meal and make art. Ideas have been discussed, feelings and thoughts have been transformed into unique and inspiring artworks, experimentation and imagination have been encouraged, and lasting friendships have been forged. We look forward to many more years of welcoming Phoenix youth to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.”

Timothy Crooks, Executive Director at Phoenix said:

“Phoenix’s partnership with the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia provides highly innovative and effective support for our community’s most marginalized youth.  The impact is tremendous - the art program gives Phoenix youth a place to go weekly where they feel welcome, safe, and have the opportunity to develop their artistic, creative, and critical thinking skills. The facilitators create an atmosphere of respect while challenging youth to either discover or further their own talents and abilities. “
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About the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is the largest museum in Atlantic Canada. With locations in downtown Halifax and Yarmouth, the Gallery houses the Province’s art collection and offers a range of exhibitions and programming. Community partnership programming is a rewarding and integral part of the education department at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and an important component in building new audiences for the Gallery. www.artgalleryofnovascotia.ca

About Phoenix

Phoenix provides support to at-risk and homeless youth in our community through a variety of programs and services, including emergency short-term shelter, long-term shelter, counseling, education, employment guidance and medical services. All youth are welcome at Phoenix, regardless of race, sexuality or religious beliefs.  They are welcomed with open arms and provided with the supports that will help them move towards a place of independence. www.phoenixyouth.ca

Contact: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia - Donna Wellard     Contact: Phoenix - Crystal Cowie
902-424-2903 wellardc@gov.ns.ca                 902-405-3058 ccowie@phoenixyouth.ca  

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