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Social Awareness Through Art: The Green Youth Art Showcase

Posted on 19 May 2010 by .

With all the talk of climate change in the air (think of the recent Climate Change Summit at Copenhagen) and the United Nations’ latest decision to mark 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity, it came as no surprise when the Mississauga Arts Council (MAC) decided to keep this year’s theme of their annual youth art showcase event as “biodiversity”. Held at the Art Trax Gallery on 13th May, The Green Youth Art Showcase promised an evening of young talented artists from all over Mississauga.

The evening started with a visual art exhibit from students of West Credit Secondary School that shed light on different creative perspectives of young minds. A result of MAC’s recent initiative called “Biodiversity through Art Project”, the exhibit acted as windows to the artistic talents of West Credit youth. Every painting or photograph explored the diverse ways of representing biodiversity.

Mike Celia opened the “performing arts” part of the show with his own original songs. A singer/songwriter from Mississauga, Celia is already making waves in the local music scene. This part of the evening showcased youth who maintained the evening’s theme and tone through their songs and spoken word. While Shinjini Sur enacted “Today and Tomorrow”, Wali Shah captivated his audience through his ingenious rap. The other participants were equally talented, and even though most of them were in their teens, the maturity behind their works was an unexpected surprise. Fourteen year old Ariel Zaichick, for example, explains the rationale behind her original piece, “I wrote it to show that there is always help in the world. All we need to do is reach out and there is a hand to help you”. Seventeen year old Sahaj Shah, on the other hand, sang a song called “Breathe Again” which was her way to inspire people to want to make a difference in the world. But there was one student who managed to steal the show. Eighteen year old Sean Sroka’s song, performed while playing on his guitar, commanded the loudest applause in the room.

This dress was made by Fauzia Quddus from Glenforest Secondary School, Mississauga.

The real show-stopping event of the evening was, however, the fashion show that introduced Mississauga to the emerging fashion designer Dianne Debarros. MAC’s hope that the fashion show would “add a unique spin” to the evening was justified, as the crowd in the room were left spellbound at Debarros’s ability to create art out of recyclable materials.

In addition to the large turnout, the success of the evening was evident through the glowing, happy faces of the audience. Heather Brissenden, the Communications Co-ordinator at MAC was responsible for this stupendous initiative to bring together an evening of talent through a socially relevant theme. An initiative that is more than just commendable, as the community was exposed to local talent that exists right in its midst.

Author :Sanchari Sur

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