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!
The 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:
- PUSH TO OPEN by Alex Carey
- BAGWATLA by Colin Beans
- IT’S NOT JUST A TREND by Charlotte Conley
- NEW VILLAGE GALLERY by Carrie Poborsa-Cox
- WALKING THE VISION by Chantal Solomon
- CENTRE. ENTER. by Erich Magdzik
- FINDING THE POTENTIAL WITHIN by Hadley Zaborniak
- ZOMBIE WALK by Shane Colclough
- OASIS by Tim Tran