Arts for Children and Youth employs more than 71 professional artists and 39 Youth Arts Assistants for our Outreach and Professional Development programs in schools and in community sites across Toronto. To become involved as an artist, please contact Erin at (416) 929-9314 ext. 111.
Many of the professional artists on our roster live and work in the communities in which our programs are conducted. They reflect the diversity of the communities in which we work, as well as the diversity of arts disciplines that our programs involve.
AFCY artists are selected based on their past experiences in the field of arts education, their professional body of work and their ability to communicate with marginalized populations, especially with children and youth.
We recognize that in order to operate high quality and meaningful arts educational programs, our artists must wear two hats. They must possess artistic merit and harbour a positive creative energy that celebrates them as artists, and as well, be seen as educators who demonstrate pedagogical skills. Artists who need support in any of these two areas are given opportunities to develop skills through our mentorship program as Youth Arts Assistants.
Click here to see profiles of our Professional Artists.
YOUTH ARTS ASSISTANTS
AFCY engages emerging and developing artists from the communities in which we work, to place them in AFCY programs in schools and community organizations in their own neighbourhoods, as AFCY Youth Arts Assistants. These artists receive artistic and pedagogical skills while assisting in the facilitation of our programs and working hands-on with the professional artist, program participants and community partners.
Click here to see profiles of our Youth Arts Assistants.