The summer artistic program starts
People of all ages can once again come together in a shady green space on Young Street near Balmoral Street to work on art projects.
Art City re-launched its free drop-in daytime programming on July 5. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., staff and volunteers accompany children, youth and adults in the Art City Outside workshops.
During the first week, the artists tried their hand at soapstone carving, ceramics, natural dye crafts, film photography and drawing. Fridays are dedicated to Aboriginal art programming. The first week ended with a wigwam building exercise.
The studio’s program director, Toby Gillies, is one of the animators on the Art City Outside staff.
“We are having a favorite workshop from last year called forest fodder,” he said. “We will be making art from sticks we find by the river, and we will also be making drawing inks from plants we collect.”
The projects are aimed at people aged six to 16, as they are the main demographic group.
The program has been very popular this season, explained Josh Ruth, general manager of Art City.
“We’re open and free, and those two things are meant to make Art City as accessible as possible,” he said. “The challenge there is that we have limited capacity.”
The organization will welcome two groups of 20 participants throughout the summer, in addition to a pre-registered day camp for young people. The team of volunteers make the program possible, said Ruth.
The drop-in format allows visitors to stay as long as they want. Some families show up at 10 a.m. sharp, and others join in for quick crafts throughout the day.
“We have a lot of participants who stay all day. Because of our healthy eating program – we also serve breakfast and lunch every day – which helps the kids stay engaged,” he said. declared.
Sara Neufeld stopped by Art City Outside on July 6 with her children Nora and Adeline. Neufeld chose to stay and work on the crafts with the girls for the day. Parents and guardians have the option of dropping off young people for the day or participating as well.
Art City is working on ways to deliver programs to neighborhood kids who may not have caregivers who can come to the park to enroll them, Ruth said.
“We are open to all ages and abilities … art is an amazing tool for building community,” he said.
“Everyone has the capacity to create, and we believe that by providing the resources, the tools, the encouragement, the positive and safe environment, everyone can truly benefit from creative self-expression.”
Ruth added that artistic creation breaks down social, language and age barriers.
Art City Outside is the organization’s Manitoba 150 project for this year. Instead of reflecting on a “rather tense and problematic story,” said Ruth, the program encourages artists to create pieces that show their vision for the province’s next 150 years.
“It’s sort of about building the world, it’s sort of about dreaming and it’s sort of looking at the inequalities that still exist in our province and the creative ways we may be able to. be remedied, ”he said.
A schedule of the program is available on Art City’s social media and on its website at www.artcityinc.com
Katlyn Streilein is the journalist / photographer for The Subway.
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