In 2016, Ontario Culture Days launched a new initiative called the Youth Arts Ambassadors Program (YAAP). The program, aimed at fostering and supporting the next generation of community-engaged artists in our province, commissions four professional artists under 30 to create new works of art in their respective regions. The artworks and corresponding public programs are unveiled over the Culture Days weekend.
As YAAP enters its third year, we are increasing the emphasis on the role of arts ambassadorship. The YAAP artists will be partnered with local host organisations to develop outreach and programming initiatives that directly relate to the needs of their local community. Alongside this relationship-building, Culture Days will provide the artists with educational resources to deepen their understanding of arts advocacy, arts marketing and program development.
Combining networking and professional development will provide the youth artists with a valuable set of resources to reach out to their communities, act as ambassadors for local arts initiatives, and develop a successful YAAP program for the Culture Days weekend.
Keep up with the developments of the Youth Arts Ambassadors’ projects by visiting this page, checking out our blog, Culture365, or by following the hashtag #YAAP on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.