About Power Youth

Power Youth is an outreach program connects local contemporary Artists-in-Residence with youth in priority neighbourhoods providing the youth with new tools for self-expression, and the opportunity to gain skills in creativity, communication and collaboration.

By connecting artists with diverse youth in meaningful engagement, we strive to enrich the lives of our community members and extend cultural understanding beyond The Power Plant's gallery walls. The program aims to help youth gain a better understanding of contemporary art practice and awareness of cultural resources, while giving them an opportunity to discuss issues impacting their lives.

Power Youth provides free contemporary art programming for youth in priority neighbourhoods through partnerships with local community organisations such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada and the Toronto Public Library. We offer youth in these communities a safe, fun and engaging program that is an extension of the Gallery's mandate to engage diverse audiences with contemporary art. Power Youth also aims to meet the goals of these like-minded organizations by educating youth about possible career opportunities in the arts and providing them with capacity building workshops to prepare for their future.

Over the course of continued programming, Power Youth participants visit The Power Plant for guided tours with gallery educators, create their own works of art inspired by contemporary discourse and exhibit their finished productions.





Dasha Shenkman            Ontario Trillium Foundation