It's not tunnel vision -- it's tunnel art! On May 1, Graffiti Art Programming unveiled a new show called Decked Out in a very cool space -- in the tunnel under the bridge at The Forks.
The show, created by teenagers, combines art with a passion for skateboarding.
It's all part of a brand new initiative called National Youth Arts Week. Young people all across Canada are expressing their creativity until May 7.
The project was spearheaded by the Arts Network for Children and Youth (ANCY), a national arts service organization in Toronto. Organizers hope young people will use creativity to make a positive change in their communities.
Studio 393 participant (Graffiti Art)
Graffiti Art Programming in Winnipeg has partnered with them for this event. They are collaborating in turn with lots of other arts groups, such as Art City
, Ace Art, Martha Street Studio
, Urban Shaman Gallery
and Cinematheque theatre.
The calendar is chock-a-block full of activities. On May 2, Cinemateque will present a film called Tomboy
, a French drama about a young girl who wants to be a boy.
The Frontier School Division Art Show opened on April 30 at the Manitoba Legislative Building in the Children and Youth Opportunities Department. The show highlights works by 50 youths from 41 schools in Northern Manitoba.
15-year-old Damaris McClinton co-curated the Decked Out
exhibit and she has been enjoying the creative process. She adds, "It makes me feel proud to see what I've done and to see what other people have done."
Activities are also taking place in Brandon and Steinbach.
National Youth Arts Week runs until May 7th.