Art Ignites is a youth-oriented program at Art Vancouver, an International Art Fair. Open to secondary students in the Lower Mainland and beyond, the purpose is to spark creativity and observation in youth. Each student is provided a booklet with interactive activities for them to participate during the fair. These activities are aimed at advancing their imagination, becoming more observant to their surroundings, and sparking curiosity. Art Ignites’ mission is to provide opportunities for youth to connect and engage with art. We hope to advance critical thinking skills and strengthen leadership qualities.
To connect youth through the art community and encourage creativity.
Beyond Art Vancouver, Art Ignites strives to provide creative opportunities for self-expression through different mediums. By attending an international art fair, youth are able to broaden their understanding of art and culture through connecting with artists.
One event we plan to host is the Art Masters Jr., an outlet for emerging artists to gain traction in Vancouver’s art community. Eight students must create a piece in one hour based on a surprise box of supplies and theme, both given on the day of. The audience then votes on the piece that best represents the theme.
We are also working to create a YouTube channel, newsletter, and youth-run website. In addition to these online resources, we want to provide various workshops that teach youth how to use art as a form of therapy and how to view the world through a unique lens.