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Youth Arts Initiative

Youth Arts Initiative

Are you between the ages of 16 and 24 and want to get involved in the arts? We are looking for you! Register now for this year's Youth Arts Initiative (YAI) program and gain valuable skills in dancing, deejaying, multimedia, music production, photography, poetry, special events design and decor, steelpan and urban arts. Here's a peek at what you can learn:

Dance – Led by well-known dance professional, Tré Armstrong of A New DAEI Dance School, students will receive instructions in dance techniques and showcase production, including hip-hop, breaking and dancehall, that will enable them to grasp the skills necessary to choreograph and produce a dance routine.
Class day and time: Fridays from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Deejay & Music Production – Training in this stream will be provided by DJ Depot and will enable participants to grasp the skills necessary to professionally mix music, learn various genres and styles of music and how they work together, and how to play to an audience.

Multimedia – Provided by Rogers TV, training will include understanding the basics in roles such as audio camera operator, camera operator, video tape recorder, floor director and graphics operator.
Class day and time: Varies based on schedule.

Special Events Design & Décor – Led by Therese Guidolin, training will include introduction to budgeting, theme creation and interior design boards; understanding lighting and developing backdrops.
Class day and time: Tuesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Creativity Through Poetry – This workshop is led by Josephine Casey, founder of Life’s Poetry Community Empowerment. Students will use poetry to express their emotions, thoughts and feelings through creative writing and learn how to how to recite, characterize and depict poetry.
Class day and time: Mondays from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

C.L.I.C.K; Camera Lenses Inspiring Community – This introductory course in photography and the community is taught by Lawrence Kerr Photography. Students will learn the basics of photography, including how to use a camera, composition and creative expression.
Class day and time: Mondays from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00p.m.

Steel Pan – Under the guidance of Chantel McKnight, students will learn how to play the steel pan and the different instruments that comprise a steel pan orchestra. They will be taught the basic elements of steel pan playing, including proper stick technique, introductory music theory and performance training.
Class day and time: Wednesdays from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Urban Art: Culture & the Environment – In this course being led by well-known artist Reynold Thomas, students will learn the creative process from drafting ideas to the completion of work, while exploring the legitimacy and artistic merit of urban art.
Class day and time: Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Other Benefits

Each participant will develop a portfolio depicting what they have learned in their respective classes. For high school students, the hours spent in the program would qualify for mandatory volunteer hours. Depending on the participants’ performance, they will each be eligible to obtain references.

In addition, each group will showcase what they have learned in a public forum.

For more information on YAI, contact Rhona Lindo, Youth Coordinator at United Achievers Community Services at 905-455-6789, by email at .

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  1 905 455 6789
  1 905 455 6162

36 Queen Street East
Goodison Building - Lower Level
Brampton, Ontario
L6V 1A2
  1 905 455 6789
  1 905 455 6162


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