Updated: Jul 1
In 2010 I was a participant in Saskatoon Community Youth Arts Programming (SCYAP)'s Urban Canvas Project, an 8 month program for at-risk youth, that employs art as a tool to build confidence, overcome issues and improve overall quality of life. SCYAP provided me a safe place to learn foundational artistic skills, work on personal issues, and find ways to heal facets in my life that were impacted by trauma. Creating artwork that I was proud of altered my confidence, and impacted my self-worth, which in turn changed the goals I had and what I believed I was capable of.
In 2015-2016, I taught the Urban Canvas Project, becoming the first and only person who went through the program to later on teach it. It was a truly life changing experience. I love working as a mentor to people from all backgrounds but I have an affinity for troubled youth. I feel the need to become the mentor that I needed when I was younger. For me creating art instilled confidence in myself, which was the first spark of self-worth I encountered in years. SCYAP is located in Saskatoon's core and currently runs a number of programs, more information can be found here.
Bamboo shoots created this video about the Urban Canvas Project in 2016.