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MOCA Youth Council

Creative Youth

Creative Youth is a space for young creatives to explore and interact with the Museum behind the scenes.

Applications for MOCA’s Creative Youth Spring Session are now open! Apply Here

Applications close on February 11, 2024 at 11:59 pm. 

Learn more about opportunities and workshops for youth by following us on Instagram or signing up for the MOCA newsletter.

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What is Creative Youth?

Creative Youth is a three-month long series of workshops and creative sessions for youth (ages 14–18) to transform their emerging community arts passion into practice. Participants will learn about programme production, community arts building facilitation, curation, and artistic professional development skills while meeting with artists and arts practitioners at the Museum, participating in events, and also engaging in their own creative media arts work. There are two sessions of Creative Youth per year, one in the spring and one in the fall.

Towards the end of the series, members will co-produce a programme of their own design, which can range from workshops to exhibitions to performances.

In developing their programme, members of Creative Youth will have the opportunity to respond to MOCA’s exhibitions and to broader social issues. Members are also given the opportunity to meet exhibiting artists and MOCA partners in order to explore the inner workings of arts institutions, with the aim of empowering young artists to step into the role of arts leaders within their own communities.

20 participants will be chosen to participate in the upcoming session of Creative Youth. Participants will each receive an honorarium of $250, subject to programme completion.

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Session Timeline

Spring sessions run from March 26–June 25, 2024.

Creative Youth sessions are held weekly on Tuesday evenings from 5–6 pm at the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto located at 158 Sterling Road.

This programme will be offered twice a year in the spring and fall, coinciding with school semesters. Youth must apply for each semester separately.

FAQ

  • Get experience in a real arts environment 
  • Begin to establish your professional artist networks
  • Build your résumé, portfolio, or school applications, including reference letter support

All youth between the ages of 14–18 are welcome and encouraged to apply to MOCA’s Creative Youth.  No experience is necessary — simply come with an enthusiasm and interest in the arts. 

  • Learn in creative and art-based ways
  • Support from MOCA staff and partners in your learning
  • Develop a network of youth artists and youth arts leaders
  • Become an effective leader, learning about community-engaged work in the Museum, both in practice and in theory
  • Plan and implement a community programme that will serve your creative interests at MOCA

There will be 14 sessions in total running on a weekly basis from March–June 2024, as well as the opportunity to produce a collaborative programme of your creation. Full attendance is expected for all participants.

We do recognize that capacity can vary, that life gets busy, and that attending all sessions may not be possible. Participants should communicate absences in advance where possible.

Absences that have not been communicated to Creative Youth staff leaders may result in a decrease of honorarium.

20 youths will be selected to participate in each Creative Youth cohort.

An honorarium of up to $250 is available for participating youth (depending on commitment to the Youth Council).

We are looking for a diverse group of youth across ages, disciplines, interests, and communities. We are also looking for youth who have a keen interest in the contemporary arts, and if that interest has been demonstrated before through previous leadership experience, all the better!

That being said, previous experience in art creation, arts administration, or creative community building is not required.

Additional opportunities are available throughout the year for emerging youth artists and youth with a keen interest in contemporary art. Creative Youth happens twice a year coinciding with school semesters. Visit our Instagram or sign up for our monthly newsletter to stay up to date with upcoming deadlines and opportunities!

Creative Youth encourages applications from young arts enthusiasts of all skill levels and identities, including but not limited to: 2S, queer, trans, and questioning youth; Black, Indigenous, and youth of colour; youth who live with disabilities; youth who live with mental illness, physical illness, neurodivergence, and those with other accessibility needs. Please find more information regarding accessibility at MOCA here.