Youth Centres Thunder Bay Host Culture Day Art Fest

Drummers from Dennis Franklin Cromarty School at opening of Youth Centre in Thunder Bay
Drummers from Dennis Franklin Cromarty School at opening of Youth Centre in Thunder Bay

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THUNDER BAY – Youth Centres Thunder Bay invites the public to the Youth Art Fest in celebration of Culture Days. The event will be hosted on Friday and Saturday September 27th and 28th. Youth Centres Thunder Bay are located on the west entrance of the Victoriaville Mall, 711 East Victoria Avenue.

The youth at YCTB are delighted to host this event as a part of Culture Days. 

The Youth wanted to be part of this collaborative movement to encourage awareness, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities with the opportunity to showcase their art. “Plus it give the community a chance to come in an check out what happening at the Youth Centre and how it has grown since start since November 1, 2012,” shares Colleen Peters, the Youth Centre Board Chair. 

The event starts on Friday Sep 27th at 4pm with a celebrity paint-off between Councilor Ken Boshcoff and Laura of 91.5 CKPR radio. 

The youth will have their art up for auction along with all the art that Communities Art and Heritage Education Project (CAHEP) has been working with the youth to create. The pieces of art will be on exhibit and some of the youth will have a few of there pieces for sale with 60 percent to the youth who created it and 40 percent going to the Youth Centres Thunder Bay Fundraising Fund.  

The event also includes a Silent Auction and refreshments along with door prizes, and making the evening entertaining with music courtesy of LU Radio till 9pm. 

The Saturday event kicks off at 12 noon and will showcase the body art creations of Volunteer Thunder Bay Face painters group. The body art will be juried along with all the art at 2pm and will end with the auction closing at 3pm. 

Youth Centres Thunder Bay

Youth Centre Thunder Bay, at present, is an 18-month pilot project between the City of Thunder Bay, Wasaya Group Inc., and YCTB board of directors. The youth center which is a pilot project for the City of Thunder Bay has been evolving through the process. It has continued to take shape with their generous and continued financial support. 

The concept is a safe space for youth ages 13 to 18. “We have some organized programs, but are not re-inventing the wheel. Service providers help guide services offered at the centre. Programs like the Get Your Chef On  – Cooking Class in our learning kitchen hosted by Frontier College, and Art Studio Fridays hosted by CAHEP,” comments Peters. “The direction of the YCTB Board is to keep the centre open after the pilot project winds down, and starting to put funds aside now will insure that goal, hence taking opportunities to this fundraise at this event”.  

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