YOUR COMMUNITY. YOUR TALENTS. YOUR WEEK.
National Youth Arts Week provides an opportunity for young people across Canada to create a celebration of youth led events showcasing their talents, expressing and exchanging ideas, getting excited about the arts and celebrating their positive contribution to their communities and to Canada.
From St. John's, NFLD, to Vancouver, BC, and everywhere in between!
For National Youth Arts Week, Canadian communities will join together to host the largest celebration of the creative expression of children and youth this great country has ever seen.
National Youth Arts Week will take place from May 1 to 7, 2014 and will feature simultaneous youth-driven projects and events from St. John’s to Vancouver. This week provides an opportunity for youth in the Halifax Regional Municipality 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.
The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (AGNS) will hold the official Launch Party to kick-off the beginning of National Youth Arts Week in Nova Scotia. The Launch Party will take place Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at AGNS, 1723 Hollis Street, Halifax. This is a free event, open to the public
The evening will feature a line-up of talented youth performers and will be hosted by LaMeia Reddick and Dj R$ Smooth. To get a taste of the evening here are some of the performers:
Ryan Somers aka R$ Smooth, started DJing at age 14. He has hosted the show “$mooth Groove$" on CKDU since 1998 and loves to help youth learn more about music, DJing and radio.
The “In My Own Voice” (IMOVe) collective is a group of young people who use art as positive outlet to tell their own personal stories. Members of the group will be performing a number of original pieces including hip hop performances and spoken word.
Lily Bateman is a 14 year old poet from Canning, Nova Scotia. She likes to explore youth issues in her poetry. Her message to young people is to be comfortable in your own skin.
Johdeci is an 18 year old rap artist from Nova Scotia. He has already released 3 mix tapes and is currently working on his first album titled Renaissance.
Rebecca Moore is a Mi'kmaq drummer, singer, as well as an amazing jewelry-maker, incorporation traditional Mi'lmaq crafts into modern fashion settings.
Konyon Jallah aka Konyon Cash is a hip-hop/African dancer and rapper, following his dream of performing and becoming an RCMP officer.
Nima Tabatabaei aka Dizzy - a rapper, beat-maker and graphic artist from Halifax, Dizzy recently launched his new album Constitution Year and is a rising force on the Halifax hip-hop scene.
SLIDE SHOW 2013 - Check out photos from our 2013 Launch Party!
For more information about how to get involved and get connected, visit http://youthartsweek.ca/
For further details please contact:
Laura Carmichael, gov.ns.ca 902-424-6314
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. Locally National Youth Arts Week is supported by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Launch Party is in partnership with the Halifax Regional Municipality. www.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/