Our youth have been hard at work making a graffiti mural that will be unveiled on Friday August 10th! We'd love to invite the community down to join us for music, BBQ, artist talk, and youth-let artist talks!
The Antyx team is thrilled to welcome Jasen Canul to our summer squad. You may recognize Jasen from his previous work with us through Youth Voices, and he has been instrumental in organizing Culture Shock for the past two years! He was kind enough to participate in our welcome Q&A so everyone can get to know him better...
If your personality were a film, what genre would it be?
Spy Kids 3
What is the best part of your life?
McDonald’s dollar drink days.
What are you passionate about and why?
Dance is usually an outlet that brings me a lot of joy. The why is probable the hardest part to answer about that question. At first it was simply because it fun and made me happy when I did, but as I start to progress in this art form I realize that there was a bigger picture.
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?
8 hours of sleep
What do you want to be when you grow up?
What do you like most about working with Antyx Community Arts?
I like how this job is a more social and active as oppose to a depressing desk job. It also feels gratifying that my job is working toward giving back to the community (which I didn’t know you could get paid for that when I was younger LOL). It’s also nice to be working and collaborating with youth. I don’t really see myself as an adult so having exposure to another youth’s creative mind is definitely a super cool and funny experience.
Hey there, I’m Leah! I’m 23 years old, and I’m a second-year Social Work student at Mount Royal University. I’ve been volunteering with youth for about five years now as a youth mentor; working with teenagers has proven to be a fun and rewarding use of my time, and I’m not sure that I’ll ever get tired of it. I love to paint in my free time - I’ve been painting watercolour portraits for about a year or so now, but I’ve recently taken up oil painting as well. If you see me around, please come up and say hi! (:
What is the best part of your life?
I think the best part of my life in this current season is how much creative freedom I have right now. I’m in this weird space between graduating from school and starting my career, which can be a little daunting, but I also appreciate that I’ll never have this time back. I don’t have too many responsibilities tying me down yet, so I have the time to explore different inspirations and spend time with friends who push me to test my boundaries in all my endeavours.
What do you think about when you’re alone in your car?
I actually space out a lot while I’m driving on my own (which is super dangerous, I know!), and I usually find myself thinking about conversations I had earlier, or things I need to do. I also take the rare opportunity to sing along loudly with my music, since my less than mediocre singing skills don’t afford me a lot of other chances to do so elsewhere.
What would you most like to learn and why?
I would love to learn how to speak Japanese! Growing up, my parents hosted a lot of Japanese students who came to Canada to learn English, and getting to know them made me very interested in Japanese culture. I’d love to go to Japan one day, and hopefully know a decent bit of the language so I don’t get lost or overwhelmed while I’m there.
What is your favourite colour?
If I was forced to pick I’d say purple, but I love anything vibrant and intense and bright. Pretty much anything that draws my attention!
What do you look forward to most while working with Antyx Community Arts?
I am so excited to be working with Antyx because it incorporates two things I enjoy immensely: art and working with youth! I’m looking forward to seeing all the things I can learn in these areas, and experiencing new things that I may not be exposed to in other organizations. I’m really hoping to not only hone my social work skills, but to be a meaningful impact on these teenagers’ lives, and I believe Antyx is the right place to do that.
Youth Arts Action Team North, along with many community helpers, has just completed 4 new hanging mobile sculptures for the Genesis Centre and surrounding communities.
Join us for a community celebration and tour of the work!
WHEN: Saturday April 21st
TIME: 1PM - 3PM
WHERE: The Genesis Centre (7555 Falconridge Blvd NE, Calgary)
Check out our Facebook event for more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2159429264301970/
Summer, Winter, Fall and Spring.
Dreams, Perseverance, Diversity, and Mental Health.
Find out more about the process and themes imbedded into these creations and join us in celebration all of the hard hard work that has gone into this project!
For the past couple of weeks, our youth have been spending their spring break creating exciting animations and videos at the Antyx Digital Storytelling spring camp!
Come check out their creations on Thursday, April 19th. It's sure to be a fun night, celebrating the hard work and creativity of these innovative young people.
WHEN: April 19th, 7:00-8:30PM
WHERE: McHugh House (1515 Centre St. SW)