Art Lab: Teen


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Code Switching: An expanded art platform for youth 

Since the program launched in September, twelve teen artists have been meeting regularly to explore the language of photography in historical and contemporary art, consider the role of the photograph in cultural 16265943 999875370155824 7388817842904049179 nexpression, and the potential of the medium in their individual practices. 
Code Switching operates out of Art Lab in partnership with the Vancouver Island Regional Library. Through workshops led by professional artists, field trips to galleries, and studio explorations, and mentorship, this two-year program offers young people in our community the opportunity to become fluent in the language(s) of contemporary art, engage in meaningful dialogue about art and ideas, explore art making techniques. and experiment with new forms of expression. 
We gratefully acknowledge the support of BC Arts Council for funding this youth engagement initiative. 

Drift: Code Switching Exhibition

Celebrate the work of our teen collective! Since September, this dedicated group has studied contemporary art practices, embarked on excursions, participated in artist-led workshops, and created their own work. This exhibition will feature their process and include diverse examples of their explorations in photography, sculpture, painting, video, and sound art.
Saturday, June 3 & Sunday, June 4, 1 -5 pm
Admission Free 

Natsamat (togetherness) on National Aboriginal Day
Join us for National Aboriginal Day Celebrations hosted by the Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre, Mid Island Metis Nation and the Boys and Girls Club of Central Vancouver Island. Participate in a fun activity and add playful colour as we dream, discover and explore the question what does it mean to live on an island through an Indigenous lens and create a collaborative large scale mural of Vancouver Island. Hul'q'umi'num and language maps of BC will inspire our collective vision, as we imagine a new narrative for Canada 150 and beyond.  
June 21 | 4 - 8pm
Maffeo Sutton Park









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