Empowering Black Youth Through the Arts
April 18 and August 30, 2015

Across the GTA (Halton, Peel, York, Durham and Toronto), black youths are leading grassroots initiatives that use the arts to tackle serious issues that affect them. Spoken word, dance, animation, painting, graffiti, photography and video art are but some of the mediums young people are leveraging to effect change. Unfortunately, their drive to make a difference is often overlooked by the wider public, as are the specific challenges they confront.


The Scratch & Mix Project seeks to help amplify their work by using the power of the arts to make the invisible experiences and achievements of black youths visible. With the help of more than 50 grassroots arts and community organizations, the project has inspired young people from across the GTA to create artwork that tells their stories, raises awareness about challenges they face and offer tangible solutions.


The groundbreaking initiative features an interdisciplinary exhibition, a youth solidarity forum and a community-driven youth-action project.  Through these activities, it is offering a new platform for youths to connect directly with the arts community, business, government, academia, law enforcement, social-service agencies and the broader public. Together, they leverage the power of the arts to ignite lasting change in the GTA and beyond.



The Scratch & Mix Project is presented in partnership with: 

  • Facebook - White Circle
  • Instagram - White Circle
  • Twitter - White Circle
  • YouTube - White Circle

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