MEETING CHANGEMAKERS OF YOUTH ARTS

Published on 23 March 2017

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Noise Interchange: A Youth Arts Symposium is a meeting point for arts managers, educators, programmers and organisations working with youth in the arts. It’s happening this Friday, 24 March 2017 and here are three of its speakers sharing their thoughts on the importance of youth arts.

By Melanie Lee

PROGRAMMING FOR YOUTH: TRICIA WALTON, 58

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Chief Executive of Carclew

“I have been working with youth arts since 1987. At this symposium, I’ll be sharing about Carclew, South Australia’s leading youth arts organisation that delivers arts programmes of all forms and arts funding across the whole state. I hope that participants will understand how our ongoing goal is that children and young people are central to planning and devising creative outcomes.

It seems to me that society does not always afford the same forgiveness to teenagers as it does to children. The curiosity, imagination and collaboration they bring to artmaking and society is often undervalued.

Article 31 of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child states that it is the right of every child to participate fully in cultural and artistic life. It is the role of people like me who work in the youth arts sector to enable youths to engage in the cultural, social and physical landscape of our communities through art.”

THE WORLD I WISH FOR: GRACE CLAPMAN, 34

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Co-founder of The Change School and Director of Agent Grace

“I’ll be sharing my personal experience on how you can create the world you wish to live in by aligning your values with your work and life. I hope that from my talk, participants will review or uncover their values as we rarely pay attention to them.

I think we need to see the world from the youths’ eyes. Conversely, they should also understand the worlds other (older) generations have lived in. There are benefits to learning from different generations.

I strongly believe that being exposed to the arts during your childhood and youth allows you to build up imagination and creative thinking skills. You learn to express yourself in unique ways and explore the world around you.”

DOING MORE WITH LESS: FELIX NG, 34

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Co-founder and Creative Director of Anonymous
Creator and Festival Director of A Design Film Festival and FoodCine.ma

“I’ll be talking about how to create a product that people love with little to no budget.

We live in a time where qualifications, experience and age means nothing if you work harder, adapt faster and perform better than those who came before you.

Youth need the arts as it helps them develop an attitude of constantly needing to observe, analyse, question and appreciate everything around us. The arts show us that there is more to life than the pursuit of wealth and self-interest.”

Noise Interchange: A Youth Arts Symposium will be taking place on Friday, 24 March 2017. Click here if you’d like to register for this event.

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