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Villaways Youth Make Short Films

In June, youth from our Up & Rooted Program in Villaways took a field trip to the National Film Board to create their own stop motion animation short films. Accompanied by acclaimed film maker Charles Officer youth spent the day learning the ins and outs of film-making including scripting, storyboarding and animation. The kids created their very own short film using a variety of materials and professional animation equipment! Choosing between either clay or paper-cut out methods they were able to accomplish a 10 second film during their workshop.

When asked what the workshop experience was like, one of the participants Rebekah Kelly exclaimed that ”It was awesome!“ Thank you NFB and all involved for this great opportunity. You can  watch all the short films here.

We’re Hiring! & Updates On Summer Programs

Building Bikes in Lawrence Heights

This summer Art Starts was happy to be able to run another session of our popular “A Bicycle Built For You!” program that ran in Lawrence Heights from June to July. Six youth met weekly at the PACT Community Garden behind John Polanyi Collegiate to complete a bike-building workshop. Instructed by bike enthusiast, Ali Hall, the youth worked to assemble their own BMX bikes using parts from Haro Bikes. The bikes were each customized with each participant’s own spray-paint jobs and decals, spelling out unique nicknames and identities.


Art Starts Program Manager Armin helps Malachi show off his new handlebars.

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Newsletter: Celebrating our Spring Showcase

An afternoon of art, performance and play!

This past weekend we threw a party to celebrate the all art works produced by our communities this spring. We had interactive arts opportunities including a graffiti wall and banners produced by our Villaways neighbourhood which displayed inspirational quotes while asking viewers to add their own contributions. We were floored by the live performance from both the Lawrence Heights all girls step crew and a poignant historic piece by kids and youth from the Glendower community. Although not present on Sunday we were also treated to a video performance from our seniors African Dance program Movin’ Up who worked diligently with artist Lua Shayenne to keep up a healthy active lifestyle. After a fun (and competitive!) raffle draw for prizes donated from generous companies like A&WLids,The Body ShopBooster JuiceOld NavyDavid’s TeaPresident’s Choice and Deserres we capped off the afternoon with a great organization called The Hand Eye Society who brought equally fun and exciting game called Johann Sebastian Joust that everyone went nuts over! Click here for a few photos from the celebration and stay tuned for more about our upcoming summer programs and events in the next newsletter.

Thanks to all our particpants, guests, staff and volunteers for making the event so special. A special thanks to our sponsors FortinosThe Real Canadian SuperstoreACE Bakery, and Michel’s Baguette for all the delicious food provided for the event.

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