Greater Forest Lawn

YOUTH ARTS ACTION (South) and WHAT FEEDS US are our primary program in GFL. They are both comprised of youth aged 15-18 who act as creative leaders in their community.

Field Trip to the New Gallery

 
 

Last October, YAA headed out on our first field trip of the year to The New Gallery, an artist-run, non-profit centre for contemporary art located in Chinatown.  We attended a talk as a part of the current exhibition 2 works, 3 talks, 6 questions (Eric Moschopedis with Keyede Osuntokun and Bryce Krynski) where we listened to Pam Beebe and Tito Gomez share about creating Dover Kids Club.  Responding to the interests of children in Dover, the club is a grassroots initiative to create safe social spaces for children after school.  We heard about the challenges they have had working with institutions as well as the successes of other partnerships.  I was challenged and inspired by their example of starting exactly where the community was at – in this case engaging kids with stickers.  The club has grown to provide a variety of social and cultural opportunities for the children and adapted to find spaces where they are welcome.  I think we all enjoyed hearing from one of their collaborators, Wakefield Brewster, a spoken word artist.  He dynamically shared some of his art and story of working with Dover Kids Club.  

The talk was set amongst pages of analyzed and highlighted text from The Rise of the Creative Class by Richard Florida and portraits of diverse individuals painted in gold.  Moschopedis’ work explores how people relate to each other and to space, and critiques the use of creativity as an economic driver for a city that Richard Florida proposes in the book at the centre of this show.  Realizing the power art holds in shaping space and changing communities, in both positive and negative ways, we were challenged to consider how our creation of public art affects people and space.  

Check out more about The New Gallery here!  

Youth Arts Action

 
 

YOUTH ARTS ACTION are a group of youth (ages 15-18) who act as creative leaders in the Greater Forest Lawn area. The youth identify and address issues that are relevant to them in the area and then create a series of creative projects to transform these issues in their community. Youth will work with local artists and organizations and will build community leadership and artistic skills while doing so.

We are looking for youth interested in making positive social change in their communities through creative ways starting this September 2015. We will be meeting every Tuesday 4:00pm-6:00pm at our Antyx Youth Arts Hub #205 ­ 4202 17 Ave SE starting September 22, 2015 . Currently, projects include building a digital sound installation and sculpture to be installed in the new natural playground across the street from Greater Forest Lawn High School. Other projects will be generated depending on the issues that the youth want to address. We have also planned a series of field trips to galleries, events and to meet other youth leaders throughout the fall term. There is no registration fee necessary.

ANTYX COMMUNITY ARTS is a creatively unique organization that develops opportunities for youth to use the arts for self-exploration, building community connection and making positive social change. Our mission is to engage youth to empower and transform the communities they live in.

For more information please contact kevin@antyx.org