DesignTO Youth

Established in 2019, DesignTO Youth is a program that provides youth with access to creative disciplines and professionals. The program works with local artists and designers and community collaborators like schools, non-profit organizations, and community groups that are already actively engaging with youth.

Working together, we craft a program that teaches art and design skills through hands-on workshops, talks, studio tours, and mentorship. Youth work together with their mentors to create work that will be presented at the DesignTO Festival each January.

For 2019-20, DesignTO Youth’s community collaborator is Oasis Skateboard Factory, a Toronto District School Board alternative school program where students earn high school credits by creating their own brand, and running a skateboard business and design studio.

For 2020-21, DesignTO Youth collaborates with SKETCH Working Arts to offer a six-week residency program focused on public space and public art. Keen observations and critical conversations about public spaces nurtured the youths’ imagining of ideal futures, and re-imagining of cities, spaces and homes.

If you are interested in participating in DesignTO Youth as a community collaborator, mentor, youth, or sponsor please contact [email protected]


DesignTO Youth is supported by the City of Toronto, Economic Development, and Shopify.