Lowertown Community Resource Centre
Ottawa Urban Arts, as part of Ottawa's Paint It Up! program, did an Art For Action workshop with some youth from the Lowertown Community Resource Centre. We started with six youth, then nine, and by the time we finished had twelve. We only had nine canvases, so some shared. As usual, once we broke the ice the enthusiasm was amazing, with lots of creative ideas. Most of the pieces were finished that night, but a few went home to be added to.;
Images and ideas they came up with will be used later by OUA for a mural at the nearby field house in Jules Morin Park.
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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