Guelph Arts Council Announces Deadline for Youth Opportunities Award

Artist Ron Baird mentors Our Lady of Lourdes students welding metal sculpture

Artist Ron Baird mentors Our Lady of Lourdes students from visual arts and manufacturing classes, welding a metal sculpture they designed together. Our Lady of Lourdes received the GAC Youth Opportunities Award in 2017, alongside Artsy Activists. (Photo by Marion Reidel)

Guelph, ON – October 25, 2018 – Guelph Arts Council is pleased to announce the deadline for the Youth Opportunities Award, which is made possible through the GAC Youth Opportunities Fund at The Guelph Community Foundation. The 2018 application deadline is Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 5:00 pm (paper application) or 11:59 pm (online application). The award’s terms of reference and application instructions are posted at Apply online here.

Local artists, not-for-profit groups, and youth are eligible to apply for programs that initiate, enhance or expand opportunities for children and youth under age 25 to experience or become engaged in the arts in Guelph or Wellington County. Local youth are particularly encouraged to apply.

Guelph Arts Council’s Youth Fund was established through the financial success of Youth in Performance presentations that GAC sponsored between 1980 and 1990. Additions to the fund were made over the years, and in 2005 Guelph Arts Council turned over the capital of the fund to The Guelph Community Foundation to create the GAC Youth Opportunities Fund. Since 2009, with revenue generated by the fund, GAC has supported arts opportunities for youth.

The amount of the award(s) varies annually. For 2018, up to $500 may be available for awarding to one or more applicants. To review the applications and select the award recipient(s) each year, Guelph Arts Council appoints a volunteer award jury composed of community representatives, including arts professionals and youth. The awards are announced by the end of the year.

The 2017 Youth Opportunities Award was shared by two applicants who offered opportunities for Guelph and Wellington County children and youth to become engaged in the arts: the youth-led group Artsy Activists, and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic High School. Our Lady of Lourdes received support for a unique and powerful opportunity for collaboration between manufacturing and visual arts students to create a found-metal sculpture. The Artsy Activists received assistance in establishing a discussion, art, and action-based collective for youth, including but not limited to LGBTQ2S+, female-identified, Indigenous, immigrant and youth of colour.

For more information about the Youth Opportunities Award and Guelph Arts Council, please visit, phone 519-836-3280, email [email protected], or drop by 10C Shared Space, 42 Carden Street, Guelph.

About Guelph Arts Council:
For forty years, Guelph Arts Council has been dedicated to supporting, stimulating and promoting arts and culture in Guelph. Guelph Arts Council is funded in part by The Guelph Community Foundation and City of Guelph. We also acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario, and our annual sponsor Meridian.

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