On May 30th, the Canadian Centre of Architecture (CCA) in Montreal generously hosted a Showcase by the 2015 DAREarts Montreal youth artists. Thank you, CCA. The public plus parents, teachers, artists and supporters gathered to laud the work of this dozen young artists.
DAREarts Montreal Coordinator, Sarah Manolson, warmly welcomed everyone. DAREarts Founder, Marilyn Field, reminded everyone of the power of the arts to transform our lives. Northbridge Insurance VP, Jean-Francois Beliveau, inspired us with his own story. DAREarts teachers, Stephen Legari and Mylene Tardif presented certificates of accomplishment to each of the youth artists. Parents expressed their gratitude, including one parent who said DAREarts simply saved her son’s life.
Stephen summarized the program: “Throughout April and May 2015, a group of twelve self-selected youth as last year’s alumni has gathered every week after school at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA). Together, they explored the MMFA’s collections, created art work, laughed together and, most importantly, took up the ‘DARE’ to express their true selves – because that’s what an artist does. The theme of this program was Identity. Our young artists were given the materials to find their own expressions. They did it, through sculpture, photography, animation, painting, drawing, collage and mixed media. They only had 2 hours a week which sometimes included taking a tour through ancient Egypt or visiting Picasso.”
“Our DAREarts team is immensely proud of all the youth. They chose do to this, to make it important. There are lots of other things they could have been doing after school but they made the DAREarts program a priority for themselves and for each other.”
Meet our alumni! Bryce was there every week, even when it was hard. He was often the first to arrive and always helped with the cleanup. He showed real patience when things were challenging, like when our teacher, Stephen spilled paint on his boots. He also worked hard on his art work, often returning after several weeks to add a little more. Joey takes on any art task with a refreshing curiosity and a sense of play that most artists struggle to have. With his subtle, dry sense of humour, he is a creative natural. John’s commitment to urban art along with his talent and his sketchbook is apparent and important. He is a natural leader. Kallee has a strong sense of composition and a unique talent. From the first to the very last day, she showed a great commitment to DAREarts, to herself and to her artwork. Kasandra is awesome. She has both a natural creative flow and a way of making people feel comfortable around her. She arrived every week in a good mood and spread it around. Her impactful artwork reflects an essential ingredient to everything she does: fun.
Marc kept us all laughing! He also has an incredible memory for the history of film and is not afraid to talk to people. Some of his art recalls the expressive work of Jackson Pollock. Martin creates art quickly, spontaneously and has the artist’s integrity to know when something is complete. He introduced us to a whole world of digital art and music. Vito is a warm and gracious young gentleman. He is also a skilled and patient illustrator who brings complexity and concentration to his art work. Roman developed leadership skills and took on important responsibilities. He is an artist committed to expressing himself with a passion for urban art while stretching his skills further. Tori makes art like a plant slowly blossoming. She made this group an important part of her life and worked hard every session, even when confronted with materials she didn’t like. Her voice shines through her work. Zioni is a cool, natural performer who brought a mature and relaxed approach to DAREarts. She dove into any art task and found a way to make it her own.
Special thanks to our young artist and youth mentor, Bianca Gutman, who captured the magic of each week in her photographs.
Special Thanks / Remerciements :
Marva Ballantyne, Jean-Francois Beliveau, Frederic Bohbot, Toby Cayouette, Howard Chackowicz, Frederic Chais, Suzanne Clark, Hawa Conteh, John Devlin, Marc Duguay, Mariana Frandsen, Marilyn Lajeunesse, Monique Macleod, Eric Akbar Manolson, Nathalie Potvin, Alain Turgeon, Barbara White, Sharon Wurst
Northbridge Insurance, Marketwired, Groupe Celebrations Group
Perspectives I, Vezina, Mountainview, Dawson Alternative, Options I
Photos courtesy of Frederic Chais.