Located in the heart of Toronto’s Regent Park area, Daniel Spectrum serves as a central community hub focused to youth and the arts community.
Within Daniels Spectrum is the Ada Slaight Youth Arts Mentorship Program which is made possible by The Slaight Family Foundation. This program is geared towards empowering the youth to communicate through various creative mediums, including spoken word, singing, dance, visual art, graphic design, photography and mixed-media art. At the end of each program, the collective presents H.E.A.R.T. which is an acronym for Hungry Eager Artists Rise Together, a live talent showcase that highlights the talents of the youth who’ve completed the program that year.
On Wednesday September 10, 2014, the Ada Slaight Youth Arts Mentorship Program held their second collaborative showcase of H.E.A.R.T. The event featured the youth singing, spittin’ poetry, DJing, and dancing. One of the highlights that caught our attention was a documentary which explored the dilemma young Muslim girls who want to play sports face within and outside of their family settings. There was also a music video, a provocative book reading, and so much more.
Here is a list of the participants of the 2014 Ada Slaight Youth Arts Mentorship Program
- Ahmed Barud
- Isaac Mbikay
- I-Selah Haywood
- Junior Lavagesse
- Khari Richards
- Mandeq Hassan
- Nadia Adow
- Rafi Abdur
- Raima Chakraborty
- Sarah Meng
- Simba Wetu
- Tristan Reid
- Vincentia Amoko
- Program Facilitator: Jermyn Creed
- Program Coordinator: Lisa Smart
- Program Assistant: Elle alconcel
- Managing Director of Daniels Spectrum: Seema Jethalal
The 2015 Ada Slaight Youth Arts Mentorship Program will begin mind January, and will run for 6 months. Click here or visit their website for more details.
About the Slaight Family Foundation
Thanks to the generous five-year contribution from The Slaight Family Foundation, *Artscape is able to provide increased access to the arts and arts-integrated education to positively impact the lives of Regent Park youth. This year, Artscape devoted a portion of the funding to the Ada Slaight Youth Arts Mentorship Program – a 3-phase program aimed at Regent Park youth that involves:
- Distributing free tickets to arts events across the city
- Organizing arts-focused educational workshops and
- Providing one-on-one arts mentorships with industry leaders
Since the second round of this program launched in February 2014, participants have attended a number of artistic and cultural exchanges (e.g., The Ryerson Image Centre, 416 R.I.S.E., Arts & Fashion Week Toronto (F.A.T.), The Design Exchange and many more). In January 2014, Artscape hired Jermyn Creed (Community Youth Mentor and Pathways to Education Social Worker) to lead the 6-month series of workshops for thirteen local youth. The goal of these workshops is to support the critical development of these youth artists, to connect them to professional artists and opportunities across the city, and to explore the realities of working as a professional artist in Toronto. They’ve had workshops with artists such as Kim Crosby, d’bi young, Darren Anthony, Ryan Patterson and Maylee Todd (just to name a few). In July, these youth embarked on a 2-month mentorship with an industry mentor who supported them in the development of an artistic creation. The program culminated with a personalized community showcase of these artistic creations in September 2014 entitled H.E.A.R.T. (Hungry Eagar Artist Rise Together) in Daniels Spectrum’s Ada Slaight Hall.
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