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Youth Arts Ambassadors Program

See below for the 2018 YAAP Call.

In 2016, Ontario Culture Days launched a new initiative - the Youth Arts Ambassadors Program (YAAP). The program focuses on supporting the next generation of community-engaged artists in our province, commissioning four emerging professionals 30 years of age or younger to create new works of art in their home towns. 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.

Keep up with the developments of the Youth Arts Ambassadors’ projects by visiting this page, checking out Culture365, or by following the hashtag #YAAP on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

2018 Call

Ontario Culture Days invites young and emerging professional artists in Ontario to submit proposals to the third annual cohort of the Youth Arts Ambassadors Program (YAAP).  

Would you like to:

If so, we’d like to hear from you!  Tell us how you will explore the potential of community arts to strengthen your own artistic practice and to grow audiences for your work.

Emerging youth artists must meet the following minimum guidelines to be eligible to apply:

Please note: YAAP is contingent upon the receipt of funding still to be announced. The following is a call for submissions of interest

To read the full call, please click here

To apply, fill out an application form.

YAAP is sponsored by TD Bank Group       

photo credits:
Banner from left: Aria Evan's performance two row, Credit: Kevin Jones; Kellen De Vos' paints a mural, Credit: Ashlen Gibbons; Quinn Smallboy’s Drum Circle curated by Patricia Mader, Credit: Joshua Yesno; Tim Porter's Historic Walk of Tweed, Credit: Bill Piton
Bottom: Amber Elisabeth Aasman's community mural, Credit: Aubrey Reeves