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Youth Programs

AGO Youth programs are free and serve youth ages 14-25. Through a social practice lens, AGO youth programs  focus on building community, making art, claiming institutional space, creating safe and inclusive spaces for youth, hiring emerging artists, partnering with community organizations and advocating for youth presence, values and culture. Programs combine pedagogy, contemporary art practices, community building and popular culture; ranging from drop-ins to year-long commitments. There are several volunteer opportunities for youth throughout the museum.

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Youth programs

Representing a diverse group of youth in Toronto, the AGO Youth Council is run by youth ages 15-24 who are interested in art and the relationship between young people and art institutions. Through a lens of social practice, the program focuses on community building, experiential pedagogy, and contemporary art practices working collectively to initiate programming by youth for youth. Collaborations with artists result in exhibitions, public art projects, interventions, large-scale events, drop-in programs, field trips, walking tours and much more.

The AGO's FREE After Three programming is the place to be for youth ages 14 to 25. Participate in tie dying, sticker making, silk screening, skateboard building, mix tape making, movie screenings and break-dancing workshops. Programs run Fall, Winter and Spring on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in Weston Family Learning Centre.

 


Events for Youth

Youth Events
Free After Three Tuesdays: Tie Dyeing
Tuesday, October 2, 4–6 pm (Ages 14-25)

It’s a tie-dye party and you’re invited! Join Toronto artist Paddy Leung and learn a variety of tie-dying techniques to create a one-of-a-kind addition for your D.I.Y. wardrobe. The first 40 participants will get a free T-shirt (but bring your own item of white 100% cotton clothing just in case)!

Youth Events
Free After Three Wednesdays: Hip Hop Dancing
Wednesdays, October 3–December 5 (Ages 14-25)

Hosted by Caldeira and Catalyst, Unity's Free After Three Hip Hop Dance drop-in program offers weekly, open freestyle workshop sessions and a space for young people to come together and practice their art form with a supportive community and mentors. Open to all levels of experience!

Unity uses Hip Hop to improve the lives of young people creating healthier communities.

Youth Events
Free After Three Thursdays: Urban Indigenous Bundle Building
Thursdays, October 4–December 6 (Ages 14-25)

The Native Youth Resource Centre in partnership with the AGO hosts an Indigenous-led weekly drop-in for Native Resource Centre Youth. This program will create a platform for Indigenous young people to share and preserve personal stories and traditions through art.

This program is for Native Youth Resource Centre participants only.

Youth Events
Free After Three Tuesdays: Pop Art Snack Attack: Session 1
Tuesday, October 9, 4–6 pm (Ages 14-25)

Supersize your favourite snack! In session one, craft master Paddy Leung shows how to construct a papier-mâché form, and she shares some insider secrets. In week two, complete your supersized masterpiece by painting it in a Pop Art style. Now snack time can last forever!

Youth Events
Free After Three Tuesdays: Pop Art Snack Attack: Session 2
Tuesday, October 16, 4–6 pm (Ages 14-25

Supersize your favourite snack! In session one, craft master Paddy Leung shows how to construct a papier-mâché form, and she shares some insider secrets. In week two, complete your supersized masterpiece by painting it in a Pop Art style. Now snack time can last forever!

Youth Events
Free After Three Tuesdays: Zine Party
Tuesday, October 23, 4–6 pm (Ages 14-25)

Get creative at our group zine party! Learn how to make saddle stitch, poster-style and sewn zines. Materials will be provided, including a photocopier, so you can make multiples and swap with friends.

Youth Events
Free After Three Tuesdays: Halloween Runway
Tuesday, October 30, 4–6 pm (Ages 14-25)

Create the D.I.Y. costume of your nightmares! Come on out to this special Halloween-themed workshop with local artists Paddy Leung and Alicia Nauta, and you’ll have the opportunity to design and construct your original costume. Then, showcase your one-of-kind D.I.Y. design at our 2nd Annual Halloween Runway Show! D.I.Y costumes are not required, but always encouraged.

Youth Events
Free After Three Tuesdays: Jean Dreams
Tuesday, November 6, 4–6 pm (Ages 14-25)

Why wait for a new fall wardrobe when you can create one yourself? Bring in old jeans, jackets and denim pieces, and give them an extra added flair. Each piece will be handmade to your liking, using fabric paint, ink pens and patchwork designs. Tired jeans will be given new life, and personalized to the pair of your dreams.

Youth Events
Free After Three Tuesdays: Key Chain Creations
Tuesday, November 13, 4–6 pm (Ages 14-25)

Keep those cluttered keys in a single spot by creating custom key chains. Using a variety of metal loops, air-drying clay and found fabric materials, you can build a work of art that you carry around in your pocket. You’ll never your lose keys again, thanks to this one-of-a-kind lucky charm!

Youth Events
Free After Three Tuesdays: Paper Marbling
Tuesday, November 20, 4–6 pm (Ages 14-25)

Learn how to make your own marbled paper. Marbling is a centuries-old technique, coming out of Central Asia and the Islamic world, that creates beautiful, psychedelic designs. Paint is floated on top of thickened water and swirled, with the paper pressed on top to create a unique design every time.

Youth Events
Free After Three Tuesdays: Screenprinting
Tuesday, November 27, 4–6 pm (Ages 14-25)

Create your own designs and then screenprint them with fabric ink onto tote bags or marbled paper from last week's class. Learn how to print gradients (rainbows!) using your own your designs, and a few already prepared patterned designs.

Youth Events
Free After Three Tuesdays: Postcard Collage
Tuesday, December 4, 4–6 pm (Ages 14-25)

Using old magazines, newspapers and photocopied material, you’ll learn how to deconstruct images into fragments and reassemble them into new and original works. Using materials from artist Alicia Nauta's personal collection, you’ll cut, paste, photocopy and collage to make postcards to keep or send in the mail.


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