Local youth can make some pretty cool stuff - and love sharing some of their creations with you.

In honour of National Youth Week each year, we team up with several partner groups to present Young@rt, formally celebrating the artwork of some of our community's most talented youth.

This annual talent showcase features some of the area's best artists, who express themselves through visual art, music, dance and digital-storytelling.

You will be moved and inspired by the abundance of talent in the room.

To learn more about this event, please contact us at 519-741-2596.

Thank you to our partners who help make Young@rt possible include:

When: Thursday, May 9
Where: Waterloo Region Museum (10 Huron Rd, Kitchener)
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Cost: FREE

Doors open at 6pm, program runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Art displays, music and dance performances.

Artwork will also be displayed at the O-Gallery (44 Gaukel St, Kitchener) from May 12 - June 14.

Youth are invited to create their art display at the centres below. Please call to register. 

  • Country Hills, April 1 from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (519-741-2596)
  • Centreville, April 23 from 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (519-741-2490)

Artist Bios

The City of Kitchener welcomes the 2019 Artist in Residence, Mary Neil: a community musician and founder of KW Junk Music which hosts participatory music making with handmade instruments from recycled items. Her passion for music is grounded in community building, sustainable practices and inclusive collaboration.

During her yearlong residency, Mary will create opportunities through workshop and events, for the community to make instruments, create unique musical compositions and to experiment. No musical experience is necessary to participate, just a willingness to explore, have fun and make new friends!

She hopes to incorporate these instruments on a music wall that will also link to the community compositions so everybody can enjoy music making!

Guest Artist – Jason Wojcik

The inspirational magic of colour transformed into abstract art, displayed on canvas as an extension of my creative, fluent imagination... this, my new adventure in acrylic paint pouring!

I became aware of this new technique in the winter of 2019 and decided to do my own research.  I came up with my own formulas and ingredients and bolder techniques which produces a more cellular and linear experience. I use a high quality acrylic artist paint rather than a crafters paint which gives me a deeper and more enriched finish product. I am inspired by the vast variety of different sized cells that are crisply carved by an underlying mysterious smoky linear colour leaving your imagination guessing how it all came to be. Many of my finished methods can be viewed on Instagram under the title "Articise". Studies have proven that an individual becomes more creative in the state of fatigue or tiredness! This is why I exercise before I do my art pours... to allow my creative juices to flow and hence the title "Articise".

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