YMP 2014: What is your vision for change in the Comox Valley?

Over twelve weeks a team of Comox Valley Youth were immersed in learning digital media-making and employability skills through the Comox Valley Art Gallery, resulting in a series of original videos which express a vision for change in the Comox Valley. 

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FILM SERIES   Comox Valley Art GalleryThe Youth Media Project (YMP), sponsored by the Comox Valley Art Gallery through the Government of Canada’s Skills Link Program provided a range of new skills training for this year’s participants, some who faced real barriers to employment. This second project began early in 2014 and ended May 30th, with a successful screening at the Lower Filberg Centre. It assisted youth in developing life and employability skills through group-based learning. The YMP featured workshops with guest media-makers as well as from the project partners: The Wachiay Friendship Center, Imagine Comox Valley and the Creative Employment Access Society, to name but a few.

Throughout the project youth received training in digital video production, graphic design and animation through the Comox Valley Art Gallery’s media lab, and engaged with key community leaders in discussions surrounding social justice, cultural heritage and community participation. The participants then created group-based video projects that express unique visions of change within the Comox Valley. Alongside the video, participants developed an employment action-plan and resume/portfolio. By completing the program activities youth reportedly experienced reduced barriers to employment and increased ability to enter and participate in the labour market.

Imagine Comox Valley was delighted to play a role in this process and was deeply impressed with the quality of the productions and the social comments they made. The participants had a look at the high standards set in 2013, and raised them with a combination of community involvement, practical use for the media created, and by incorporating innovative and creative elements from group dance to animation. Have a look at the links below to view the videos on Youtube:

  1. AN ARTIST IS SOMEBODY WHO MAKES ART by Nathan Hamilton
  2. CROSS COURTENAY BY BIKE by Kelsey Watts
  3. THE DOG SLEDDING EXPERIENCE by Raven Mills
  4. FAMILIAL TOUCH by Joshua Vandale
  5. JEEP CHURCH by Jesse Polito
  6. KARMA COMES BACK by Marisa Schorno
  7. PANELS by Andy Bayrak
  8. THE PHAGOCYTIC DISCIPLINE by Cameron Masterton
  9. TREES by Annie Becker

Group efforts:

  1. BUT ENOUGH ART, EAT by Team Alpha
  2. ROADSIDE MANNER by Team Omega

Alternatively you can show the Comox Valley Art Gallery some online love by viewing the entire playlist of videos on their Youtube Channel.

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Announcing the 2014 CVAG Youth Media Project!

Youth Media Project – Call for Applications

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MAKE VIDEOS & GET PAID!

Youth Media Project is a program for community action through media involving 9 participants between the ages of 16 – 30. For 12 weeks youth work as a team to create videos expressing their visions for change in the Comox Valley, and are connected with job placements in the Valley. The project welcomes all youth, including immigrant youth, Aboriginal youth, street-involved youth and others who face barriers to employment.

TO APPLY YOU MUST BE:

  • Interested in art & video
  • Between the ages of 16 and 30
  • Not attending school full-time
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Not on EI
  • Experiencing barriers to employment

PARTICIPANTS RECEIVE

  • Full-time minimum wage employment (9 weeks in-class + 3 weeks job placement)
  • Experience in video production, graphic design & web development
  • Consultations in career development

Apply Now – Applications accepted up to February 28, 2014

Info Session: Thursday, February 27 @ 5:30pm @ Comox Valley Art Gallery (snacks provided)

Application Submission:

  1. A letter of application describing your reasons for applying, your work and school experience and how this
  2. project is important to your future
  3. Suggested: support material such as a resume, art work (photographs, writing, videos, etc.)

Email your application to: director@comoxvalleyartgallery.com

Or drop off your application to: COMOX VALLEY ART GALLERY, 580 Duncan Ave., Courtenay, BC, V9N 2M7

Questions? Call 250-338-6211. Space is limited – apply today

PROGRAM BEGINS: March 10, 2014 – This is a full-time 12-week program, Monday to Friday, 9:00am-3:30pm.

This project is funded by the Government of Canada & BC Creative Communities

Partners: Wachiay Friendship Centre, Creative Employment Access Society, Imagine Comox Valley, Lake Trail Neighbourhood Connections.

YMP Intro: How do you imagine the future of the Comox Valley?

Over eight weeks a team of Comox Valley Youth were immersed in learning digital media-making and employability skills at the Comox Valley Art Gallery, resulting in nine original videos which dare to imagine a bold and original future for the Comox Valley. Issues as diverse as sustainability, accessibility, street art and play were examined - and no video screening would be complete without Zombies!

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Comox Valley Art GallerylogoThe Youth Media Project (YMP), sponsored by the Comox Valley Art Gallery through the Government of Canada’s Skills Link Program provided a range of new skills training for nine youth who faced barriers to employment. This pilot project began January 28, 2013 and ended March 22, 2013. It assisted youth in developing life and employability skills through group-based learning. The YMP featured workshops with guest media-makers as well as from the project partners: The Wachiay Friendship Center, Imagine Comox Valley and the Creative Employment Access Society.

Throughout the project youth received training in digital video production, graphic design and animation through the Comox Valley Art Gallery’s media lab, and engaged with key community leaders in discussions surrounding social justice, cultural heritage and community participation. The participants then created group-based video projects that express unique visions of change within the Comox Valley. Alongside the video, participants developed an employment action-plan and resume/portfolio. By completing the program activities youth reportedly experienced reduced barriers to employment and increased ability to enter and participate in the labour market.

Imagine Comox Valley was delighted to play a role in this process and was deeply impressed with the quality of the productions and the social comments they made. Have a look at the links below to view the videos here on our website:

  1. PUSH TO OPEN by Alex Carey
  2. BAGWATLA by Colin Beans
  3. IT’S NOT JUST A TREND by Charlotte Conley
  4. NEW VILLAGE GALLERY by Carrie Poborsa-Cox
  5. WALKING THE VISION by Chantal Solomon
  6. CENTRE. ENTER. by Erich Magdzik
  7. FINDING THE POTENTIAL WITHIN by Hadley Zaborniak
  8. ZOMBIE WALK by Shane Colclough
  9. OASIS by Tim Tran

Alternatively you can show the Comox Valley Art Gallery some online love by viewing the entire playlist of videos on their Youtube Channel.