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#TBT: TYES x AVNU x ArtReach x RISE Youth Arts Town Hall

This event, held on January 19, 2016, was hosted by Paulina O'Kieffe, spoken word artist and Director of ArtReach, and Randell Adjei, spoken word artist and founder of RISE Edutainment, with special guest Councillor John Filion, Mayor's Advocate for the Arts. We were also joined by special guest Andrea Raymond-Wong, Community Cultural Coordinator, Arts Services, Toronto Arts & Culture. The Town Hall was an opportunity for youth artists and arts groups to learn more about the City of Toronto's arts initiatives and to discuss issues impacting the youth arts community.

The event was organized by the Toronto Youth Equity Strategy (TYES), AVNU (a collaborative providing workshops, mentoring and network opportunities made up of: ArtReach, Toronto Youth Cabinet, GYC, Neighbourhood Arts Network, Nia Centre for the Arts, Manifesto, Sketch, and Schools Without Borders), and RISE Edutainment.

Check out event photos here!

ArtReach was born out of conversations like this one- now it’s our turn to host discussions for the next generation of youth artists. Talk about coming full circle.

You can help invest in a young person’s full circle by donating to our $20 to 20 Campaign. Head to to learn how.


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