We know that youth have this reputation of hanging out a lot but when you walk past Studio 393 and you see a group of young people dropping in on dance practises, or creating art exhibits, or just sitting, talking and learning...I think that's really exciting change.
—Jillian Ramsay, Programs Director - Graffiti Art Programming Inc.
Today Downtown BIZ
announced funding for three downtown organizations through its Change for the Better
Graffiti Art Programming Inc received $24,200.towards a unique project that takes 'hanging out at the mall' to a new, creative level.
Graffiti Art Programming Inc.(better known as Graffiti Gallery) is a youth arts centre, with a great reputation for its creative arts programming and community building. It's located at Higgins Avenue and Gomez Street.
Studio 393 participant (Graffiti Art)
Recently Graffiti Art Programming launched a pilot project at Portage Place Mall to reach out to young at-risk mothers and fathers.
Jillian Ramsay is the Programs Director for Graffiti Art
Programming. She's excited that the
pilot project, called Studio 393, will become an actual program. "We know that youth have
this reputation of hanging out a lot but when you walk past Studio 393
and you see a group of young people dropping in on dance practises, or
creating art exhibits, or just sitting, talking and learning...I think
that's really exciting change."
As part of their arts education, participants will develop leadership and job skills. As well, the participants will be employed by Studio 393 to come up with downtown art installations.
Bob Veruela is the Director of Studio 393. He says that "Change for the Better
's support is further justification and recognition of the role that arts can play in the development of youth in our city."
Graffiti Art Programming artist (CBC)
While Studio 393 is ongoing, it will have a public launch during National Youth Arts Week
the week of May 5th.
In additon to Graffiti Art Programming, Siloam Mission
and Red Road Lodge
also received funding for their programs.
The funds were raised through the Change for the Better
program which helps homeless people get off the street and into paid
employment. Last fall they hosted an event that involved CEO's sleeping
on the streets to raise money.