Inside Scoop

Inside Scoop: Youth Re-envision the Village of Islington

May 13 to Jul 18, 2014

For the first time, Arts Etobicoke presented a public exhibition featuring photography of youth ages 10-18 from the After-School Art Drop-In program.

The exhibit, Inside Scoop - Youth Re-Envision the Village of Islington, was part of the 18th Annual Toronto-wide CONTACT Photography Festival. The youth worked with photographer Katherine Fleitas, taking photos that featured the Village of Islington.

On Friday, May 23, 2014, Arts Etobicoke hosted a reception to celebrate the show. Many of the young photographers were in attendance at the event and took the opportunity to point out their favourite photos and describe their experience in learning photography.

One youth described his initial reluctance to participate in the photography workshops and how eventually he grew to love telling stories through pictures. He said, “I had lots of memories here, and I had a good time which is important to me and I worked hard… I want to say, I am a photographer!”

On Saturday, May 31, 2014, ten of the Drop-In youth went on a field trip to view other CONTACT exhibitions at Queen West area galleries and MOCCA (Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art). They were excited to see how they were a part of this city-wide exhibition.

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