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‘Mentoring Emerging Young Artists’ program for North Shore Secondary Schools

December 08, 2016


The Ferry Building Gallery Friends Society is pleased to announce a $30,000 gift to Artists for Kids for a two-year program entitled 'Mentoring Emerging Young Artists' aimed at students from nine North Shore Secondary Schools. 


The Friends Society Board of Directors made a decision to fund this exciting program from donations that were raised by Ferry Building Gallery Friends Society volunteers and artists over the past 10 years.  


"The Board members strongly believe in art education for emerging artists on the North Shore," said Diane Robinson, Chair of the Society.  "It was a simple decision to partner with Artists for Kids (AFK) for the management and implementation of this project as they have done this kind of programming for more than 20 years."


AFK created a 3-day workshop program in which two selected talented students from each of the North Shore Secondary Schools will work with Fine Arts teachers and local artists. Over two years, this funding will provide artist-led instruction to more than 140 students. In year one, three programs will be funded with Brendan Tang, Erin McSavaney and a photographer who will explore visual literacy through sculpture, drawing and painting, and photography. The first sculpture session started on November 21, 2016.


The culmination of these workshops will be a 3-week exhibition at the Ferry Building Gallery in June to celebrate the learning and the talent that comes from mentorship by professionals in the field.


"We are very grateful for this most generous contribution and for the opportunity to expand our programs and reach more emerging artists in North and West Vancouver," said Yolande Martinello, Director, Artists for Kids.​