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National Youth Arts Week 2013 Launch Party at AGNS


National Youth Arts Week 2013 kicks off in Halifax at a Launch Party at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

April 29, 2013 – Halifax, NS - The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (AGNS) will host the official Launch Party for National Youth Arts Week on Wednesday, May 1 at 6:00 PM at the AGNS, 1723 Hollis Street, Halifax. This is a free event, open to the public.

National Youth Arts Week takes place from May 1 to 7, 2012 and is the largest celebration of creative expression by children and youth in the country. Featuring simultaneous youth-driven projects and events from St. John’s to Vancouver, National Youth Arts Week is a wonderful opportunity for Canadian communities to join together to showcase the energy and creativity of young people. All events have been created, organized and executed by youth aged 13 to 30 and take place in a range of disciplines.

“We are so excited to be involved again with National Youth Arts Week,” said Laura Carmichael, Assistant Curator of Education at the AGNS. “This year’s launch party celebrates the energy and imagination of young people right here in Halifax!”

The Launch Party will feature a diverse line-up of talented youth performers. This will be an opportunity for youth to showcase their passion in hip hop dance, spoken word, beat boxing and more. Events will also include a performance by the Capella Regalis Men and Boy's Choir and the studios will be in full swing!

More information about some of the performers:

• Illusions Crew
ILLusions Crew is a Hip Hop crew located out of the HRM. This crew incorporates every single aspect of Hip hop from dance to beatbox. ILLusions Crew is the only all styles of Hip Hop crew in Eastern Canada since the CBW in 2000. ILLusions Crew’s main goal is to show the positive side of Hip Hop.

• Concrete Roots Dance Company
Concrete Roots is a group of motivated, like-minded bboys who are striving to increase the growth of our community for the benefit of both Atlantic Canadian youth and positive hip hop culture.

• UNITY Charity
UNITY Charity engages and empowers youth to be role models and leaders in their communities. UNITY engages youth 10 to 18 by implementing school and community programs helping youth positively express their stress and develop skills for success. UNITY empowers youth to make better choices as leaders, mentors and positive community role models leading to more productive citizens, safer schools, and healthier communities. 

• Scotia Circle
Our goal is to create safe environments for expression that use creative expression such as poetry, to talk about deep things, life, feelings, and anything else that people want to share. This is a space where youth can have a voice, and build confidence. We want to fill the void of apathy with our words and promote positive applications for communication. “Scotia Circle, where nobody can be cornered!”

• Hendrick Nicolas Veltmeyer
Young Nova Scotian artist, Hendrick Nicolas Veltmeyer, holds the positions of organ scholar at the King's College Chapel and assistant director of the Capella Regalis Men and Boy's Choir.  He will be performing two original compositions for piano, inspired by his favourite composer, J.S. Bach, and his mentors Nick and Paul Halley.

• AGNS Open Studio
The AGNS studios will be open for hands-on art activities throughout the evening.

The public is invited to join the Launch Party and participate in the many other arts events taking place around the city during the week.

Other events taking place at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia this week include:

• ViewFinders Film Challenge – Creativity and Filmmaking, Thursday May 2nd 6:00pm. See the best in youth filmmaking from the recent ViewFinders Film Challenge followed by a discussion about creativity and filmmaking MC’d by ViewFinders Coordinator, Jeff Parker.

• YOUth Against Stigma Coffeehouse, Friday May 3rd 2:00-4:00pm Free photography and poetry workshops for youth followed by a free, all ages performance by young artists at 6:30pm

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Laura Carmichael, Assistant Curator of Education, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (902) 424-6314gov.ns.ca 

About National Youth Arts Week
National Youth Arts week is a project of the Arts Network for Children and Youth (ANCY) and is supported by Canadian Heritage and the Michaelle Jean Foundation. National Youth Arts Week will provide an opportunity for young people ages 13 to 30 to express and exchange their ideas, showcase their talents, get excited about art and creativity and celebrate their positive contributions to their communities and to Canada. http:///youthartsweek.ca 

The Arts Network for Children and Youth (ANCY) is a national non-profit community arts service organization. ANCY was established in 1999 by a group of arts practitioners with a vision of sustainable arts programming for children and youth in communities across Canada that would happen primarily outside of school hours in the community. To learn more visit: http://artsnetwork.ca/

The Michaëlle Jean Foundation is the legacy of the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean’s term as 27th Governor General of Canada (2005-2010). It benefits from the direct involvement of Mme Jean and Jean-Daniel Lafond, co-founders and co-Presidents, an active and determined Board of Directors comprised of leading social and cultural actors, and a devoted and engaged staff. FMJF reflects the spirit of five years of dedicated action in urban centers, rural and Aboriginal communities, as well as northern localities. To learn more visit: http://www.fmjf.ca/

The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is the largest art museum in Atlantic Canada with a mission to engage people with art. With locations in downtown Halifax and Yarmouth, the Gallery houses the Province’s art collection and offers a range of exceptional exhibitions, education and public programming. For information: www.artgalleryofnovascotia.ca

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