Urban Arts Programming to showcase over 70 youth arts workshops
Beacon Staff Reporter
As part of celebrating and showcasing cultural diversity, Calgary GlobalFest begins the second year of its Urban Arts Programming at Hull Services this week.
The event will be its first of over 70 workshops to be held at William Roper Hull School, the Radisson Patch Site, and the Hull TransAlta Community Connections Site.
GlobalFest recruited some of Calgary’s finest emcees/rappers, break dancers, beat boxers/vocal percussionists, and graffiti artists to help teach at-risk youth the power of artistic expression, positivity, and their own diversity.
Thanks to the “Calgary 2012: Cultural Capital of Canada” initiative and ConocoPhillips Canada, over 70 workshops will be provided from now until May this year with additional workshops being planned for the Calgary Bridge Foundation For Youth and the City of Calgary’s After-School Program.
Since 2011, GlobalFest’s Urban Arts In/After-School Programming has been working in partnership with Toronto’s UNITY (Urban Non-violent Initiatives Through Youth) Charity.
Urban Arts Programming has created a hip hop program that mentors and employs Calgary-based artists to help teach their message to our very own communities and kids.
According to GlobalFest Youth Forum Coordinator, Andrea Llewellyn, “GlobalFest hopes to reach kids through an art form that is from their world, in their language, and on their terms. Youth from all sorts of diverse cultural, social, and economic backgrounds can learn that art is a way to have their voice heard and connect with one another regardless of where they come from or what they’ve been through.”
For more information, please contact Bryan at 403.569.9679 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dear Beacon readers. Please help us serve you better by filling out this brief survey form. We thank you for your feedback and your commitment to local online news.