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OLI Summer Challenge for Indigenous Youth: a virtual summer program

« The OLI Summer Challenge is a free 10-week virtual summer program that is open to Indigenous youth across Canada. The program offers weekly classes from topics ranging from photography, to technical design to culinary arts and more! The OLI Summer Challenge is designed so that it can be taken at your pace with reflective exercises completed after each class.

All classes will be broadcasted live on our YouTube channel at 3pm EST every Tuesday. The classes will then also be available to be view anytime after throughout the duration of the Summer Challenge.

  • Tuesday, June 16: Photography and Videography
  • Tuesday, June 23: Engineering Challenge
  • Tuesday, June 30: Drama and Improv **
  • Tuesday, July 7: Culinary Arts
  • Tuesday, July 14: Organizational Skills **
  • Tuesday, July 21: Music
  • Tuesday, July 28: Teach Someone Something **
  • Tuesday, August 4: Creative Choreography
  • Tuesday, August 11: Budgeting **
  • Tuesday, August 18: Visual Art

For more information, please visit:

-from Outside Looking In

Call for Applications: If You Ask Me (Workman Arts)

« If You Ask Me (IYAM) is a free program that supports emerging filmmakers with mental health and/or addiction experiences to develop a short film in the company of like-minded peers in a supportive environment. Over the summer, a small group of filmmakers will be selected to engage in workshops led by industry professionals and receive mentorship from IYAM alumni. Workshop topics include: developing a script, production, directing, cinematography, editing, and sound. Filmmakers will have an opportunity to screen their work at the 28th Annual Rendezvous with Madness Festival currently set to run October 15-25, 2020.

This year IYAM will run virtually! Under the current conditions of self-distancing, filmmakers will be asked to push their own creative constraints by adopting strategies for filmmaking from home. Filmmakers will negotiate what it means to explore stories of mental health at this time and how recent global changes will affect a generation of filmmakers. All genre of film are welcome, such as documentary, experimental, fiction, and animation; all devices for filmmaking are welcome, whether it is phone, tablet, or any variety of camera!

Each filmmaker will receive:

  • access to bi-weekly skill-building workshops
  • personalized mentorship
  • a screening opportunity at The Rendezvous with Madness Festival (RWM)
  • a festival pass to attend all RWM events
  • connections with film and festival networks and potential collaborators
  • future leadership opportunities with IYAM and Workman Arts

In order to be eligible for IYAM, you must be:

  • between the ages of 16-25.
  • be available from July to September to attend bi-weekly workshops and RWM.
  • have the ability to join online workshops.

The application form for IYAM 2020 can be found here.
The deadline for applications is June 8th, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST.« 

For more information, please visit:

-from Workman Arts

I Am Prince George Online Filmmaking Program (Reel Youth)

« We may be in self-isolation, but we are in this together. The COVID-19 pandemic is distancing us, so Reel Youth and the Connaught Youth Centre are presenting a fun and creative way to connect with each other, and make films in response to this important time in history.

Community will not be cancelled!

THE I AM PRINCE GEORGE ONLINE FILM PROGRAM is a free online program enabling young people to connect with each other and create strong films. Reel Youth facilitators will lead guided creative writing and filmmaking activities that will capture personal stories and experiences while living through the Covid-19 pandemic. No previous experience is necessary! 

Participants aged 10-14 from Prince George area will be selected, to create their own short film. The strongest films will be distributed through Reel Youth & Connaught Youth Centre’s online media channels and Telus Video-on-Demand streaming service.


THE I AM PRINCE GEORGE ONLINE FILM PROGRAM includes six online sessions (90 mins each) for participants to gather with Reel Youth facilitators over ZOOM and create community through the media arts. You will be introduced to principles of filmmaking, and practice media production skills by shooting and editing an original short video from home. You will need access to a smartphone or a video camera, and a laptop or computer in order to participate. All participants will be provided with a licence for Adobe Rush for editing your film. »

For more information, please visit:

-from Reel Youth

Performing Arts Learning with Prologue

« In this challenging and unpredictable time, we are particularly thinking of the young people, families and educators across Ontario who have been impacted by the Covid-19 crisis. We are moving our artists’ engaging and educational content from your schools to your home! We’ll be uploading videos featuring Prologue artists each week and sharing a range of other resources, links and activities from our fellow organizations. »

For more information, please visit Prologue’s website.

-from Prologue Performing Arts

HOME @ HOME 6-Week Media Creation Series (Hands on Media Education)

« Beginning Monday April 20th 9:00m EST

During this COVID-19 pandemic we need the critical thinking and digital citizenship skills to navigate and evaluate news sites, social media, our online presence, and even our online connections with others. 


You and your kids will be able to verify online information, identify commercial intentions in content, and create media content of your own in safe, responsible and powerful ways. 

  • Dates: Monday April 20th, 27th, May 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th 2020
  • Age: Course is suitable for ages 9+
  • Format: Link to 15-20 minute video will be sent out by email @ 9am each morning of the course, making our education entirely flexible to your schedule. 
  • Cost: Pay What You Can, because we want everyone to have access to Media Education
  • Materials required: internet connection and smart phone, iPad or tablet
  • Registration :
  • Join the Facebook Group to connect with me and others taking the course! »

For more information, please visit:

-from Hands on Media Education

Workshops: Creative Catalyst Series (Partners For Youth Empowerment)


« Studies show that creative expression reduces stress and trauma, increases the immune response, and fosters personal well being and group connection. Creative Catalyst Series features free 90 minute workshops each Tuesday led by PYE facilitators from around the world. Each workshop demonstrates how to use creative expression for your own well being as well as to deepen the impact of any work you may do with groups of youth or adults, online or in person. No previous experience is required to benefit from these workshops.  

Current Offerings:

When: Tuesdays

How long: 90 minutes

Start Time: 9am Seattle / Vancouver | 12am Toronto / Bogota | 3pm Rio de Janeiro | 5pm London | 7pm Cape Town | 10:30pm Bangalore; or, visit a time zone conversion clock to determine the start time in your area.

Register: You need to register to receive the Zoom link. See the list of current offerings below for links and more information.

Platform: Zoom. You will need video and audio capacity.

Format: All of our workshops are experiential and interactive. You’ll have time with the facilitator in the large group and time to reflect in small groups with folks from around the world. »

For more information and to register for these workshops, please visit Partners For Youth Empowerment’s website.

-from Partners For Youth Empowerment

Digital Social Action Program (CANVAS Arts Action Programs)

« At CANVAS, we value providing interactive, arts-based education to young people – even amid COVID-19. At DSAP, participants will create art projects with their peers using simple, household materials. Participants will have access to a Google Classroom where they will find discussion questions, at-home project curricula, and video suggestions for at-home learning. As well, everyone will have the chance to share their art with their peers and engage in an online community. Through generous support by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, this program is entirely free. »

For more information and to register, please visit:

-from CANVAS

Free Virtual Creative Hub (Avenue Road Arts School)

« This special Avenue Road Arts School creative area is a place where people can continue to learn, engage and connect with the Arts School, remotely.

Geared to children, their parents, adults and those who want to continue to create and exercise creativity during these days of social distancing, the Virtual Creative Hub will offer free activity ideas including art lesson plans for kids, creative exercise for teens and adults, resources and creative links and short video demos. Check back often, as we will have daily additions and more content for your creative enjoyment. »

-from Avenue Road Arts School

Sarasvàti Productions presents Songide’ewin

« Songide’ewin, Sôhkitêhêwin, Neljedghile, Shoohkitayhew, Kapiasungitoaluk, Waditaka, Courage. 

Reconciliation comes alive through music, dance, theatre and visual art! Join Sarasvàti Productions for this unique experience that shares the stories of over 70 Indigenous youth and their view of reconciliation. The performance includes an interactive art walk, a stage performance, and the opportunity for dialogue while feasting on traditional food.

Beginning in early 2019, seven local organizations partnered with Sarasvàti Productions and guest artists to offer a creative and supportive space for Indigenous youth. Through these workshops, over 70 youth examined the theme of reconciliation. Sharing stories about how they interact with the world around them and how the world in turn interacts with them.

Now, a team of professional artists has compiled the art and stories the youth have offered into a unique piece of theatre, presented outdoors at The Forks this spring. Utilizing a multi-media performance style including music, dance, drumming, theatre and a promenade, this collaboration brings together youth, elders, artists and audiences to honour the feelings and experiences of Indigenous youth in Winnipeg.

Each performance will include feasts and conversation circles to engage the audience; all are welcome to join in the dialogue.  Please join us in the spirit of Reconciliation and support the voices and stories of Winnipeg’s Indigenous youth!

Dates/Times – May 21 1pm & 7pm; May 22 1pm & 7pm; May 23 7pm; May 24 1pm

Location – The Forks

Tickets – $20 Regular; $15 Student/Senior
204-586-2236 |« 

-submitted by Sarasvàti Productions

Youth Art Enrichment (Dawson City, Yukon)

« Now in its 19th year, Youth Art Enrichment is an annual four-day art program for Yukon youth hosted by the Klondike Institute of Art & Culture (KIAC) in Dawson City.

Artistically-inclined youth aged 14-18 travel from across the Yukon to take part in intensive workshops with a professional artist. Students choose one of three courses to study for the duration of the program, in which they will hone their skills through daily exercises and explore creative ways to express their ideas.

The 2020 course options are A Printmaker’s Primer: Handmade Prints with Meshell Melvin, Act Your Mind: Theatre Creation & Performing Arts with Geneviève Paré, and Tell It Like It Is: Video Journalism & Documentary Filmmaking with APTN’s Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs

To apply & learn more, please visit the Youth Art Enrichment web page.


The ongoing success of the Youth Art Enrichment program is due in large part to the enthusiasm and positive mentorship offered by chaperones. Chaperones are fully immersed in the program and are the primary source of support for YAE participants.

If you are interested in applying as a chaperone for this year’s program please visit the Youth Art Enrichment Chaperone web page for more information and to apply! »

-from Youth Art Enrichment