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Michaëlle Jean Foundation and Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Kick-off 4th Wall: Make the Invisible Visible Challenge Youth + Arts + Justice

June 4, 2014 – Halifax, N.S. – The Michaëlle Jean Foundation and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia have launched the 4th Wall: Make the Invisible Visible Challenge, on the theme youth + arts + justice, with a call for submissions.

Nova Scotian artists aged 15 to 30 years are invited to sign-up for the artistic challenge youth + arts + justice by presenting a portfolio and a proposal for original artwork on the theme. Eight artists will be selected by a jury and their artwork will be presented in a unique exhibition to be unveiled at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia on September 27, 2014. On that same day, the artists, representatives of the Michaëlle Jean Foundation and provincial organizations involved will invite the public to participate in a forum on the power of the arts to promote justice, reduce crime and rehabilitate the incarcerated.   

Winning artists will each be awarded a $1,000 prize and travel to Halifax for the opening. Their artwork will contribute to the national conversation on youth using the arts to promote justice and public safety in Canada. The submission deadline is July 3. Details are available here.

“Across Canada, young people are deploying herculean efforts to promote safe, healthy and inclusive communities for all,” said Michaëlle Jean and Jean-Daniel Lafond. “The arts are their weapon of mass construction, as they spearhead initiatives designed to keep their peers away from the streets, offer healthy alternatives to drugs and gangs, and rehabilitate and reintegrate those who run afoul of the law. The 4th Wall: Youth + Arts + Justice honours these young changemakers’ crucial contribution to social change and to a better quality of life in our country.”

“Youth often feel that their society doesn’t hear their ideas and concerns, but art can give them new ways to express themselves,” said Ray Cronin, director and CEO of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. “We collect the work of young artists, bring artists into schools across the province, offer art education programs, and host events for and with youth. We want to help give youth their voice.”

The 4th Wall: Youth + Arts + Justice is a new initiative that will give a voice to young people in Nova Scotia who want to speak out by using art to address issues of justice, to prevent crime and to enhance community safety. The youth arts challenge aims to give visibility to the province’s youth working for public safety, social justice and rehabilitation in our communities. The project is being made possible through the generous support of TD Bank Group.

More information and submission guidelines »


Media contact:

Nicole Watkins Campbell | Communications Advisor | Art Gallery of Nova Scotia | Office: 902-424-2903 | Cell: 902-222-1691 | watkinni@gov.ns.ca
Peter Flegel | Director of Communications and Programs | Michaëlle Jean Foundation| Office: 613.562.5468 | Cell: 613.897.4001 | pflegel@fmjf.ca 

About the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia:
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.

About the Michaëlle Jean Foundation
: The Fondation 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 centres, rural and Aboriginal communities, as well as northern localities. To learn more visit www.fmjf.ca/