Awesome Arts Vanier

Tuesday, July 5 — Friday, August 26, 2022

AWESOME ARTS VANIER 2022 : This summer, Awesome Arts en folie comes to Vanier for 8 weeks of arts programming for children, youth, and adults! Join us at the brand new outdoor Vanier HUB for music and poetry with Wise Atangana, Videography with Craig Conoley, Bboying and Bgirling with Bboyizm Dance Company, and participate in a community mural led by Jimmy Baptiste and Stephanie Babij supported by the Canadian Mental Health Association. You're also welcome to check out BGC Ottawa's Don McGahan Clubhouse to take part in a Brazilian Carnaval with Luciano Porto, or create a music video with JustJamaal ThePoet. Thanks to generous funding from Ottawa Bilingue (ACFO) and Together Ottawa Ensemble (Compassionate Ottawa), all activities FREE and will culminate with a community showcase at the end of August!

About Awesome Arts en folie:

Awesome Arts en folie brings together participants of all ages to explore issues important to their community through the arts! Held in partnership with community organizations, Awesome Arts offers an exciting series of workshops for different age groups that culminate in a public celebration. Participants express themselves via various art forms such as slam poetry, animation, music, theatre and video, all the while exploring issues important to them and their community.

In November 2017, Awesome Arts was awarded the International Spotlight Award presented by the American National Arts and Humanitites Youth program. Along with 12 exceptional organizations from across the United States, MASC was thrilled receive the United States' highest honour for after-school arts and humanities programs that reach underserved youth.To date, Awesome Arts has been run in a number of communities around Ottawa with a variety of partners. Awesome Arts has provided 814 individual workshops to 1942 children, youth and seniors. Awesome Arts Festivals have featured performances from over 1600 children, youth and seniors and 80 local professional artists to over 7519 Ottawa residents.

Schedule of Events

  • Music and poetry with Wise Atangana, Ages 6 - 12

    Tuesdays 9:30am - 10:30am — Vanier HUB, 267 Marier Avenue (corner of Montreal Road), K1L 5P7

  • Videography with Craig Conoley, Ages 12 - 17

    Tuesdays 1:30pm - 2:30pm — Vanier HUB, 267 Marier Avenue (corner of Montreal Road), K1L 5P7

  • Bboying & Bgirling with Bboyizm Dance Company, Ages 12-17

    Tuesdays 3 - 4pm — Vanier HUB, 267 Marier Avenue (corner of Montreal Road), K1L 5P7

  • Community mural with Jimmy Baptiste and Stephanie Babij : Pick up a paintbrush and make art with your neighbours!

    July 18 - 29 All day, all ages! — Vanier HUB, 267 Marier Avenue (corner of Montreal Road), K1L 5P7

  • Making a music video with JustJamaal ThePoet (English only), Ages 13-18, 10 participants maximum!

    Tuesdays and Wednesdays 6 - 8pm — BGC Ottawa - Don McGahan Clubhouse, 430 McArthur Avenue, Ottawa ON.

  • Brazilian Carnaval with Luciano Porto, Ages 6-12

    August 22-26, 10am-11am — BGC Ottawa - Don McGahan Clubhouse, 430 McArthur Avenue, Ottawa ON.

Why Awesome Arts is awesome

I don’t know where I would have gone in life if it wasn’t for the kind of programming Awesome Arts offered me as a teen. It was my escape route for a lot of the difficulties I was experiencing. I found that it brought me healthier ways to express my frustrations, it gave me a space to laugh and write even if it was once a week. Art is a form of therapy for people like me that didn’t have the opportunity to talk to professionals through rough times. I can honestly say Awesome Arts saved me in a way.

— Akuol Luala, past Awesome Arts participant, former MASC Board Member

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