Youth Empowerment in the Arts Project has successful launch at Mom Festival

It was a successful Mom Festival in Fort St. James but even more so, for organizers whose big drive was to encourage youth.

  • Aug. 31, 2016 9:00 a.m.

Barbara Latkowski

Caledonia Courier

It was a successful Mom Festival in Fort St. James but even more so, for organizers whose big drive was to encourage youth engagement this year.

And that they did as children and youth of various ages took part in free workshops at the festival as part of the Freedom Arts Empowerment Program.

Participants were able to personally take advice and learn from the festival’s performers.

“This is so exciting for us,” festival organizer, Lionel Conant said. “To be able to offer this to local youth is amazing.”

On Aug. 18, Juno and Aboriginal People’s Choice Award winner, George Leach presented his Following Your Dreams Youth Program. The program was offered free to all area youth as part of the new Youth Empowerment in the Arts project.

This was an exciting launch made possible by the collaboration between Fort St. James District, Nak’azdli Whut’en, local and regional arts organizations, local businesses, artists, the public education system and area youth.

The Vancouver Foundation has given a grant in support of the project as well and funds have also been received from Nak’azdli Whut’en, the BC Arts Council Youth Engagement Program and the Community Arts Council of Fort St. James.

Through this project, students will have the opportunity to learn from professional musicians, create their own projects and perform their creations once completed.

This project will also allow Fort St James Secondary students the opportunity to earn elective arts credits towards graduation.

“The project is about community working together,” said Shauna Hesse, grant writer for Fort St. James.

“We are pooling out strengths to give our children the arts education they deserve.”

As for the George Leach workshop, kids were keen and ready to go.

Organizer, Angela Roy, was thrilled with the response.

“It was amazing. We had about 10 kids attend. They learned about singing and song writing, Roy said.

“They were even able to jam with him. It was amazing.”

Youth leadership is vital to the project’s success. A Youth Arts Council will be created.

If you would like to take part, contact: Shauna Hesse at shauna@onesparc.com or Beth Blew at: communication@nakazdli.ca

 

Just Posted

More B.C. ambulance service needed in the North: Hospital chief of staff

Fort St. James physicians talk about the need for easier access to healthcare

Broken axle caused New Hazelton train derailment: TSB

It could happen again without a different way to inspect trains

Cullen remains uncertain about political future

Says he’ll make decision in early March

Terrace resident’s bill banning single-use plastics introduced in Ottawa

MP Nathan Cullen’s presented Ben Korving’s private member’s bill Wednesday

B.C. BUDGET: Surplus $374 million after bailouts of BC Hydro, ICBC

Growth projected stronger in 2020, Finance Minister Carole James says

National Energy Board approves Trans Mountain pipeline again

Next step includes cabinet voting on the controversial expansion

Girl heard saying ‘Help my Dad’ in suspicious radio message on Vancouver Island

Police asking for help following mysterious signals from somewhere between Comox and Sayward

Reports of rashes prompt closure of all Harrison Hot Springs pools

Public pool available after Fraser Health shut down all five mineral pools until further notice

No treatment for highly infectious measles, says doctor

10 cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver as of Friday

Two more measles cases confirmed in Vancouver

It brings the number of total cases within the city connected to the outbreak to ten

B.C. Special Olympics officially underway in Vernon

Athlete’s Oath: “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Vancouver Aquarium wants your help to name a baby killer whale

The public helped name Springer’s first calf, Spirit, and is being asked to help with the second

Guards protest firing of fellow officers charged with assault at B.C. prison

Corrections officers demonstrated in Maple Ridge on Friday afternoon

Skier dies at Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Cause of death for young man has not been released

Most Read