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Youth Art Symposium at the Ottawa Art Gallery

Youth Art Symposium at the Ottawa Art Gallery

Published by BARONMAG

The Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) presents YAS! Youth Art Symposium, a three-day event happening in Ottawa from Friday, November 10, to Sunday, November 12, 2017. The symposium is the first of its kind to be organised in Ontario. OAG partnered with 4 public galleries from across the province to produce the event: the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), Museum London (London, ON), Workers Arts & Heritage Centre (Hamilton), and Thunder Bay Art Gallery, as well as the University of Ottawa’s Department of Visual Arts.

“OAG is in an exciting phase of expansion; not only are we soon to open our new building full of innovative programming, we are also embracing the evolving challenges and opportunities of being a 21 century museum. Who better to help shape our new reality but the youth of our time? Young people are not the future, youth are here and now, not just as audience to our programs and exhibitions but as cultural contributors as well.”

– Alexandra Badzak, Ottawa Art Gallery Director and Chief Executive Officer

“As a member of Départ, the Ottawa Art Gallery’s Youth Council, I can say that we are very excited for the Youth Art Symposium (YAS!). We’ve worked really hard since the beginning of the year to plan a fun, unique, and unforgettable conference and party that will really give a chance for youth across Ontario to voice their opinion on art institutions.”

– Candide Uyanze, Ottawa Art Gallery Youth Council Member and YAS! planning consultant

The symposium was designed for youth by youth, and is intended to provide a platform for young people to lead the conversation on how to make art more accessible to youth, and to define for themselves what they need and want from their museums and galleries. The symposium program will include youth-led discussion groups, youth council presentations, artist workshops, and a keynote speech by 18 year-old award-winning director and cinematographer Morgana McKenzie. The symposium will also include a screening of short films co-presented by SAW Video, as well as a free all ages art party co-presented by the NAC, with live DJs, interactive art stations, and creative interventions by the symposium’s artist in residence Naomi Tessler.

YAS! is made possible by funding from the Ontario150 Partnership grant program. The OAG’s youth council Départ is supported by TD.


YAS! Youth Art Symposium 2017

Friday, November 10, 3 PM to 8:30 PM

Saturday, November 11, 9:30 AM to 4 PM

Sunday, November 12, 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Location: University of Ottawa, Desmarais Building, 12th Floor

55 Laurier Ave E, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5

Contact: [email protected]



(for complete schedule, please contact: [email protected])

Friday, November 10, 2017

uOttawa campus, Desmarais Bldg, Floor 12

3:00 – 4:00 PM Registration & Maker Space

4:00 – 4:45 PM Welcome and Keynote Address by film director Morgana McKenzie

4:45 – 6:30 PM Youth Council Presentations

6:30 – 7:30 PM Welcome Dinner

7:30 – 8:30 PM Short Film Screening co-presented by SAW Video and Q&A with Morgana McKenzie

Saturday, November 11, 2017

uOttawa campus, Desmarais Bldg, Floor 12

9:30 – 10:15 AM Breakfast

10:15 – 10:45 AM Workshop with YAS! Artist in Residence Naomi Tessler

11:05 – 1:05 PM Youth-led sessions and sessions for educators

1:05 – 2:00 PM Lunch

2:00 – 3:00 PM Talk Back: Report back on breakout discussions.

3:00 – 4:00 PM Workshop with Naomi Tessler

8:00-11:00 PM

YAS! Party – Co-presented by the NAC

NAC City Room, 1 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5W1

Come and engage in participatory works, listen to live DJs, eat some free food, drink some tasty locally brewed kombucha and have a good time! Interactive art stations created by local arts collective, & YAS! artist in residence Naomi Tessler.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

uOttawa campus, Desmarais Bldg, Floor 12

9:30 – 10:00 AM Breakfast

10:00 – 10:30 AM Workshop with YAS! Artist in residence Naomi Tessler

10:30 – 12:00 PM Panel discussion: Who’s Mentoring Who? Learning as Exchange.

12:00 – 1:00PM Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 PM Wrap-up: Share your impressions

2:00 – 2:15 PM Spoken word performance by Naomi Tessler

2:30 – 3:30 PM Walking Tour: Ottawa Graffiti

Registration is required, Must be 15 – 25 years old to register:

Registration $25 // $20 for uOttawa students

source: Ottawa Art Gallery