Youth Art Initiative: Walls and Barriers, A Collaborative ProjectInstitute for Contemporary Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum


Competed in
Cycle 2


  • Social Interaction Among 500+ Diverse Youth: Workshops, Facebook, etc.
  • Excellence in Artistic Expression
  • Innovation in Art Education: Unconventional Teaching

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Project Summary:
Walls and Barriers is a large collaborative art project created by young artists from secondary schools and community agencies across the GTA. 500+ young artists will create a public art installation in response to the work of internationally renowned artist El Anatsui. Inspired by Anatsui’s practice and his concept of walls and barriers, each participant will create an individual art response reflecting on the obstacles they encounter in their lives. These works will form a series of moveable walls, and in the process become part of a larger community project.

- 1 Gallery Exhibition at the ROM's Institute for Contemporary Culture
- Student and teacher workshops
- Focus group with youth to build the collaborative community
- Reception with artist El Anatsui and students at the ROM
- Collaborative Urban Research Laboratory (CURL) documentary to capture the creative process and installation of the Walls & Barriers project

How will the $25K be used?

Budget Notes: N/A
$ 8,000 Collaborative Urban Research Laboratory Documentary Film
$ 250 Videography
$ 1,500 Photography
$ 1,000 Graphic Panels
$ 2,550 Exhibition Hardware: Rolling Racks
$ 1,500 Supplies
$ 1,500 Catalogue
$ 5,000 Art Materials
$ 1,000 Miscellaneous
$ 500 Student Workshop
$ 700 Teacher Workshop
$ 1,500 Student Reception with Artist El Anatsui

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