Director, producer and actor focused on producing youth-run creative events for participants ages 13-30 aimed at developing their practical skills. Mike is the founder of Blue Canoe Productions, a youth-run theatre company in Kingston, and the Juvenis Festival, a youth arts festival that got its start this past May 2016.
Blue Canoe is a youth run theatre company and a non-profit organization. The company was founded on December 13, 2006 by a group of High School Students from Regi, a High School in Kingston. It was incorporated in November 2011 as a non-profit organization in Ontario. The goal of Blue Canoe is to create opportunities for youth in Kingston, Ontario who are between the ages of 13-30 to explore their interest in theatre and the arts. Every production has youth in each of the roles on a production, which helps young people to explore the arts by participating on stage, off stage, in design, production, direction, producing and event planning.
Recently Blue Canoe has expanded to offering opportunities in other areas in the arts with programs such as the Viva Voce, a partnership with the Kingston Frontenac Public Library. This is a storytelling coffeehouse for youth to tell their stories in a variety of ways.
2016 YAAP Artist Rihkee Strapp continues their great work in skill sharing and development with the return of Make A Living Making Art with a special online webinar: "Finding Funding 101" that will support artists and community members on how to attract clients, and obtain funding outside of the Algoma District. March 30th, from 7pm - 8pm. Webinar and event link: goo.gl/blaVHa Supported by Social Entrepreneurship Evolution de l'entrepreneuriat social's Youth Changemakers Social Entrepreneurship Event Grant.
Culture Days is . . . performing at the Open Mic Acoustic Blend Cafe at the Milton Centre for the Arts (MCA).
JOB OPPS l Great opportunities from our colleagues at Culture Days | Fête de la culture! They are hiring 2 contract positions - Bilingual Communications Manager and Digital Projects Coordinator. Details: http://bit.ly/2m0EGOW
Join AOE Arts Council | Conseil des arts AOE for two days of discussions and hands-on workshops in community engaged arts practice Mar 31 & Apr 1. Early bird registration is open until Friday.
Encouraging meaningful interaction between guests to cultural institutions and your front line staff and volunteers is one of the most effective tools to increase visitor satisfaction! Check out this data from the national Awareness, Attitudes and Useage Study: http://bit.ly/2lze04g