Power Youth

The Power Youth outreach program connects local contemporary artists-in-residence with youth in priority neighbourhoods providing youth with new tools for self-expression and the opportunity to gain skills in creativity, communication and collaboration. By connecting artists with diverse youth in meaningful engagement, we strive to enrich the lives of our community members and extend cultural understanding beyond the gallery walls.

This Winter 2019 Power Youth enages with 3 Artists-in-Residence at 4 locations.

Urban Art & Music Development with Gene One

Boys & Girls Clubs of Weston-Mount Dennis
Humber Clubhouse
121 Humber Blvd. S.
Mondays, 6-8 PM

Boys & Girls Clubs of Lawrence Heights
155 Neptune Dr.
Wednesdays, 6-8 PM

On Monday and Wednesday evenings, youth at the Humber Clubhouse, Boys & Girls Clubs of Weston-Mount Dennis, and 155 Neptune Drive, Boys and Girls Clubs of Lawrence Heights, will work with their selected Artist-in-Residence, Hip Hop artist, Grivanni Binger, aka Gene One. With his multi-talented background, Gene One will help youth learn two aspects of Hip Hop culture: beat-production and graffiti. Youth will gain practical skills in design and production, while also engaging in discussion about the politics of art.

Gene One is a Hip Hop artist from Toronto who has developed numerous skills in Urban Arts and Music, specifically graffiti and rapping. He began working in communities through murals, shows and commissioned works, and has provided beat making and graffiti art programs for organizations including Toronto Public Library, University of Toronto, Right to Play, The Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth, Native Child and Family Services of Toronto, Unity Charity, Vibe Arts, Sketch, and Just BGRAPHIC.

Wearable Art with Asia Clarke

Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club
Spruce Clubhouse
101 Spruce St.
Tuesdays, 4-6PM

On Tuesday evenings, youth at the Spruce Clubhouse in Regent Park will work with jewelry artist Asia Clarke to produce wearable art and learn about entrepreneurship. Clarke will empower youth to create cultural accessories and artifacts in order to inform their identity. Youth will learn about the erasure of the history of marginalized communities and learn how artifacts are an important resistance to colonialism. The program also aims to provide youth with entrepreneurial skills and tools should they wish to start a business and/or sell their artwork in the future.

Asia Clarke is a Toronto-based eco-conscious jewelry maker who sees her work as modern cultural artifacts. Her brand, Wild Moon Jewelry, aims at encouraging the manifestation of inner beauty into positive social change. Currently pursuing a Master of Design at OCAD University, she aspires to grow her arts and entrepreneurship programming on an international scale. Most recently, Clarke is an ambassador for the new Artscape Daniels Launchpad, helping to shape the direction of the arts hub.

Lego Art with Ekow Nimako

Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Clubs
TP Loblaws at St. Mary’s Catholic School
20 Portugal Sq.
Wednesdays, 4-6PM

On Wednesday evenings, youth from TP Loblaws Clubhouse at St. Mary’s Catholic School will work with former Artist-in-Residence Ekow Nimako. As young people are seldom consulted about urban planning, Nimako will provide Power Youth with an opportunity to build their own futuristic, accessible, inclusive and sustainable community using Lego.

Since last leading Power Youth programs, Building Beyond and Building the Block, Ekow Nimako has continued to work as a program facilitator exploring afrofuturism with children and youthHe has also made a name for himself in Toronto by creating large-scale sculptures from Lego including public displays at Nuit Blanche (2018), the Brain Project (2016) and Scotiabank Nuit Blanche (2015).