A group shot of the Youth@Large group, a community-based art initiative started by Jeanne Fries with the support of grants from Renaissance Sackville and the Marjory Bell Award for Fine Arts.
This project began with the idea of having getting a group of young people together and using art to explore how they related to their community. By visiting and pitching the project in the local high-school, a group of seven youths between the ages of 12-13 was formed.
Between October 2015 to June 2016 the group took on multiple projects such as a large community map comprised of images taken by the participants, a spray-painted mural, and stop motion animations. These project often dealt with issues and topics the youths were impacted by.
The project culminated in a lantern making workshop in the Jr. High School. On one side of each mural each student portrayed a building they wished to see in their community. These lanterns were then lit by their creators and displayed publicly at the local winter fair.
My most sincere thanks to the smart, creative and hard working members of Youth@Large as well as my ace supporters Katie Finn and Joe Sims. This project would not have been possible without the generous funding from Reanissance Sackville and Mount Allison University.