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.
If you are interested in participating in DesignTO Youth as a community collaborator or sponsor please contact [email protected].
DesignTO Youth Mission
Connect youth with creative learning opportunities and their local communities. Connect artists and designers with opportunities to engage with new creative communities.
Share the skills and expertise of design professionals. Share the skills and creativity of youth with designers.
Engage youth and designers in community-based arts creation.
Improve the chances of youth pursuing creative sector education or employment and designers’ likelihood of working with new communities.
For 2021-22, DesignTO Youth collaborates with SKETCH Working Arts. Delivered in the form of a six-week residency program plus DesignTO Festival exhibition, youth artists are given opportunities to engage with and discuss civic issues and public space through talks and workshops.
The program features talks with Gallery TPW Executive Director Noa Bronstein, artists Benjamin de Boer, Phat Le, Florence Yee and Arezu Salamzadeh, and planner and community organizer Chiyi Tam, plus an empathy mapping workshop with Urban Minds, a non-profit youth engagement organization.
Youth artwork presented at the DesignTO Festival. January 21 – 30, 2022
The Gallery at Mason Studio
91 Pelham Avenue, Toronto
The 2021-22 DesignTO Youth program organized by DesignTO in partnership with SKETCH Arts. Supported by the City of Toronto (Economic Development & Culture), Pivot Design Group, Spin Master and Shopify.