Youth Presenting Art 2018
The 8th Annual StArt YPA Festival
August 13 - 18, 2018
StArt Youth Presenting Art looks at the connection between the Arts and community.
We are creating an environment where residents from Scarborough's diverse communities can come together,
be engaged and celebrate the talents of Scarborough's young emerging artists. The festival will provide youth with a platform from which they will be able to express themselves and truly speak to their community.
ALL StArt YPA FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES ARE FREE!
Workshops will be provided in the following disciplines Acting, Singing, Dance, Music Production,
Fine Arts, Photography, Theatre Production, and Business for the Art
Participating artists & volunteers will receive a copy of the 2018 StArt YPA chapbook (magazine).
It will feature the works of this year’s fine arts, photography and spoken word artists.
SuiteLife Arts for Youth created its new youth-led initiative "StArt Youth Presenting Art" in 2010.
This project brought a committed team of "SuiteLife" alumni together with the purpose of creating
and implementing the first annual StArt Youth Presenting Art workshops & festival.
The StArt Youth Presenting Art team is comprised of young people whose belief in community
involvement propels us to create artistic opportunities for our peers.
We strive to give young emerging artists in Scarborough alternative outlets to express themselves in various
artistic fields. We aid in providing them a platform where their works are accessible to their communities.
Festival Assistant Manager
Cherise Solomon started dancing at 14 and is now a dancer for City Dance Corps Pre-Professional Training Program and The Girl’s Club. Cherise currently attends Ryerson University studying New Media.
PR & Marketing Manager
Melicia has performed as a spoken word artist at community events and in local venues such as Young Peoples Theatre, the Rex Jazz & Blues Bar and the Trane Studio. To further her outreach, she became a member of StArt Youth Presenting Art.
As a SuiteLife Arts for Youth alumni, Travoy has been teaching within the program since 2008. He also enjoys helping young people in their endeavours in the LGBTQ scene. StArtYPA satisfies his passion for bringing different communities together.
Melissa is currently part of the band Löbu and a visual artist herself. She started out with SuiteLife Arts for Youth 10 years ago and as a way to give back, she joined the StArt YPA team.
Lead Gallery Coordinator & Graphic Designer
Osvaldo has performed and/or displayed installations in many venues including Harbourfront Centre and the Salsa Conference in Toronto. He is looking forward to continue creating an interactive environment for Scarborough art scene through StArt YPA.
Assistant Social Media Coordinator
The highlights of MimiStar 10+ years professional artistry career include being an official ballroom Latin dance, yoga and fitness instructor at Seneca College since 2013, York University since 2012 and president of Toronto Yoga Centre since 2010 and owner of MimiStar&co.
Marketing Assistant & Copywriter
Veronica Almeida is an avid arts supporter. She also holds a Hon. Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, from Ryerson University and is now pursuing her Ontario Graduate Certificate in Forensic Practice, at Humber College.
New Team Members
Festival Manager &
Artist, designer, and art educator.
Emerging young maker experienced in creative workshop facilitation and community art programing.
Student and Artist
Terra is a student artist currently studying at Mary Ward Catholic Secondary School, despite her age she has presented her work in multiply venues like Nuit Blanche.
Lead Social Media Coordinator
Jhanelle Porter is an event planner and social media enthusiast who loves Hip Hop and the art of Spoken Word. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration (Hospitality) from George Brown College.
Fatin Noor is 16 years old and has been a dancer since grade 5, having tried many different genres from Indian classical, to Hip hop, to K-Hip Hop and Stomp. She continues to explore different dance styles to broaden her knowledge.
Shout Out to Past Team Members
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