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.

Current Youth Program gridlist

Opening Reception: No Future For You

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 6 - 8 pm

The AGO Youth Council will be joined by Toronto-based cartoonist and illustrator Eric Kostiuk Williams this fall. Over several weeks, he’ll bring the Youth Council into his creative practice, culminating in the production of a collaborative comic anthology, made in response to the dynamic Hito Steyerl exhibition now on view at the AGO.

24 Hours, 2019

June 26 - December, 2019

During eight three-hour sessions on Wednesdays in May and June, Tessar led the youth council through a series of process-based exercises on the theme of communication, generating drawings, collages, and paintings.

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 is the place to be for youth ages 14 to 25. Participate in tie dyeing, 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
Don't Let Machines Take Over Your Mind: Coding With Sounds
Thursday, November 7 + December 12, 2019 4 - 6 pm

Join Steamlabs for this 10 week workshop that will introduce you to a variety of technology.  Each week, you will create a project utilizing a different type of technology like laser cutting, 3D printing, electronics, LED lights or coding. As you accumulate more skills week to week, put them all together to make your own original artistic technology creation. 

Youth Events
Opening Reception: No Future For You
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 6 - 8 pm

The AGO Youth Council will be joined by Toronto-based cartoonist and illustrator Eric Kostiuk Williams this fall. Over several weeks, he’ll bring the Youth Council into his creative practice, culminating in the production of a collaborative comic anthology, made in response to the dynamic Hito Steyerl exhibition now on view at the AGO.

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Youth Events
Let's Talk About Grants
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 4 - 6 pm

Join Kevin Reigh, Arts Program Manager of Toronto Arts Council, for a grant-writing workshop that will focus on key successful grant-writing skills and tips, various grants offered by Toronto Arts Council (TAC), navigating TAC’s o

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Youth Events
Vogue Dancing with Kiki Ballroom Dance Alliance
Wednesdays, January 15 - March 4, 2020, 4 - 7 pm

Want to learn how to vogue dance from the legendary vogue pioneer Twysted? These beginner-level workshops will cover the five elements of vogue fem, ending each week with a ball. Kiki’s Lounge encourages anyone who wants their first voguing experience to participate. All are welcome to come regardless of age, sexuality or level.

Youth Events
Photo Club
Thursdays, January 16 - March 5

In response to the Diane Arbus: Photographs, 1956-1971 exhibition, Photo Club is an eight-week program that looks at the relationship between Instagram and portraiture.

Youth Events
Drew A Blank: Illustration Workshop
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 4 - 6 pm

In this six-week program, Blank Canvas will equip youth with necessary skills to help navigate creative industries, build community and themselves to find their unique voice.

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Youth Events
The Spin: DJ Workshop
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 4 - 6 pm

In this six-week program, Blank Canvas will equip youth with necessary skills to help navigate creative industries, build community and themselves to find their unique voice.

Youth Events
The Art of Planning Events
Tuesday, February 4 2020, 4 - 6 pm

In this six-week program, Blank Canvas will equip youth with necessary skills to help navigate creative industries, build community and themselves to find their unique voice.

Youth Events
The Art of Curating with Julie Crooks
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 4 - 6 pm

In this six-week program, Blank Canvas will equip youth with necessary skills to help navigate creative industries, build community and themselves to find their unique voice.

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Youth Events
Work The Room: Networking Event
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 4 - 6 pm

In this six-week program, Blank Canvas will equip youth with necessary skills to help navigate creative industries, build community and themselves to find their unique voice.


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