Previous Guelph Arts Council Youth Opportunities Award Recipients

2009 – John F. Ross Student Aalyieh Afshar for mounting a youth art show

2010 – Guelph Little Theatre and Season Singers for youth to learn soundboard technology

         – Wesley Bates for a youth graphic short story project in Wellington County

2011 – Guelph Spoken Word for a youth workshop series in conjunction with youth poetry slams at Guelph Public Library

2012 – Children’s Art Collective (Melissa Mazar and Carolyn Meili) for a Grade 3    children’s self-portrait show at Art on the Street

2013 – no award

2014 – Nathan Gatten, in partnership with portrait artist Meredith Blackmore, for a series of free “Try-It” workshops targeted to youth 14 to 24 years

         – Children’s Art Factory (Melissa Mazar) for a collaborative project that will see Guelph youth engaged in the creation of a piece of “meaningful public art

         – Guelph Film Festival for a workshop for teens focusing on using accessible smart phone and tablet technology to create “innovative, ‘guerilla-style” documentary films

2015 – Shera Mekhail for Creation Station, an inclusive space for diverse youth to express and connect with the community and each other through meaningful art experiences

2016 – Jessica Jang for her Print Power Project, a free community-based weekend-long learning experience for youth aged 14 to 19

        – Shelldale Better Beginnings, Better Futures for a new art program for girls in Grades 7 to 12 in the Onward Willow neighbourhood area of high-density housing and a large immigrant and refugee population

2017 – Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic High School, for a collaboration between manufacturing and visual arts students to create a found-metal sculpture

         – Artsy Activist Group, to establish a discussion, art, and action-based collective for youth, aged 14 to 19, including but not limited to LGBTQ2S+, female-identified, Indigenous, immigrant and youth of colour


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