Odawa Native Friendship Centre
Ottawa Urban Arts, as part of Ottawa's Paint It Up! program, did an Art For Action workshop with some youth at the Odawa Native Friendship Centre. We had six youth there, and as we've heard before at these, all loved it and wanted to do it again. Like in a week! For this group we were asked to help them learn more about some of the concepts of clans and animals and symbolism from their native culture. Danielle, a native artist from the Kenora area, was a big help in adding this focus. Each youth added their images to their own small canvas. The images they developed will be used by OUA to help design a mural to be done later in the neighbourhood.

The Paint It Up! program provides funding for community groups, property owners, artists, and youth groups to work together to redirect youth into a mural program that covers up unwanted tagging, teaches the youth new skills and ways to express themselves. . In addition, these murals foster a new appreciation within the community of this art form.

Ottawa Urban Arts is a collective of artists, many with roots in local street art and graffiti murals, that can not only do great murals, but that can also mentor and develop aspiring young artists. Our Art For Action program is designed to mentor and redirect youth at risk in a creative environment, while providing hands on training in a variety of styles and media. We encourage youth to define and discuss issues within their community, and make their voice heard through positive forms of artistic expression
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