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Street Art Program for Youth

Detail of 'Daydreams in Entwistle' mural, by AJA Louden & Entwistle youth
Detail of 'Daydreams in Entwistle' mural, by AJA Louden & Entwistle youth

Working within the Painted City the Street Art Program for Youth is designed to provide an urban- art styled experience to youth who are interested in the street art form. Guided by professional lead artists, the program allows up to 12 youths aged 12-17 to participate in a 12-week series of workshops in which they will be taught various street art techniques and collectively design a large-scale, site-specific work that engages the local community in the design and making of the artwork. This program is offered in partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary.

The goals of the program are to create a safe and legitimate artistic exploration that provides guidance and creates a sense of community among the artists. Working with the local community will assist the young artists in developing respect for community members and public space, while creating an artwork that can be celebrated and enjoyed for years to come.

The program consists of a program lead who designs and implements the course, educates the youth registered in the program about the history and practices of street art, and acts as the liaison between the Public Art Program, the Boys and Girls Club and the lead artists. Two lead artists are chosen each year to join the youth toward the end of the program and help them design and implement their street artwork.

Both the program lead and lead artists are chosen by a standard seven-member City selection panel consisting of three community members, three local artists and one City representative. Youth will be required to register for the program and registration for the 2016 program will begin in the spring. Follow us on and Twitter @YYCArtsCulture to receive more registration information.

Two sessions of the program are offered annually with two sites chosen for the artworks. If you have a potential location you would like to have used as a site in the future, please email Battistella Developments Inc. has generously gifted the former Orange Lofts sales centre in East Village to the Street Art Program for Youth to use as practice walls for both sessions in 2016.

Program Lead

Alberta artist AJA Louden is the program lead for the 2016 program. AJA is the owner of “Louden Laboratories” and runs the “Aerosol Academy” program around the province.

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'Flowers for Aeron', by AJA Louden

61 Avenue S.W.

Professional artist, Dan Bergeron will lead participants in the first site mural in 2016, which will be located along the 61 Avenue S.W. corridor between Chinook Centre and Chinook CTrain station.

Thomson Family Park

Professional artist Sergey Ryutin lead youth for the second project in 2016, a mural located in Thomson Family Park.