The Youth Elevating Youth are really onto something! Imagine – a youth-led arts organization based in the artistic hub of Owen Sound, founded by a group of young adults with the clear vision.

Well, thanks to some key people, a little organization, and some funding, it’s now a reality and the vision they have is to highlight inclusive local artistic opportunities.

And they’ve got some serious workshops planned as part of a series funded by Supporting Performing Arts in Rural Communities (SPARC). The workshops were designed to provide knowledge and skill building opportunities focused around both personal and community arts and are open to the public at no charge. Yup, that’s right – free!

The first of the five scheduled workshops took place on the evening of October 22nd. ‘Mindfulness + Intuitive Arts’ explored self awareness and clarity of creative processes at Tone Studio. Members of the YEY collective Maxine Iharosy (yoga, movement, and mindfulness teacher) and Skye Cormier (local abstract painter and photographer) led people of all ages in an intimate setting.

‘The workshop was a thought-provoking journey of unrestrained creativity and self exploration,” said Skye. “I am happy to be part of such a dynamic group of people helping to bring diverse and youthful arts, passion, and awareness to the community.”

The Laidlaw Foundation will lead a Grant Writing Workshop on November 2nd at 1pm at OPSEU (1717 2nd Ave E #100). This will provide practical knowledge to those interested in furthering artistic or community endeavors that might require funding or seed money.

Sheatre colleagues Warren Bain and Lauren Best are facilitating ‘Theater for Conversation’ November 12th at 7pm. This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to techniques for interactive and improvisational theatre for community based dialogue. Joan Chandler, also of Sheatre, will join ranks with Best in ‘Inspiring Arts Engagement’ on November 18th at 1pm, which will explore workshop planning. This invites arts facilitators of all experience levels to join in collaborative knowledge building and experimental arts-based learning.

All of YEY’s workshops can be found at their Facebook page.

To register to attend any of the upcoming workshops or become involved with YEY, please email