What’s the Wave Runners Program?

The Wave Runners Program is a 6-month initiative (July – December) in Scarborough that aims to provide youth aged 15-24 with resources, mentorship, and entrepreneurial skills to learn photography or music.

Youth will have the choice between focussing on photography or music. During the program, an artist who has industry experience will mentor each group. We will meet once a week on Saturdays, where the youth photographers will have the opportunity to improve their skills with a camera while the musicians will learn about production and recording in our studio. We will also have local artists come in to speak about their experiences in the industry, and to host workshops.


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Some of our past participants making magic in the studio.

What we’ll be doing::

  • Consistently producing work

  • Getting more Instagram followers!

  • Collaborating with other artists

  • Receiving mentorship from other artists

  • Learning business skills (ex. grant writing, making a resume, Instagram marketing)

  • Having regular workshops to practice our skills

  • Organizing an arts event at a gallery to showcase our work

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Hard at work!

Who we’re looking for:

  • Youth aged 15-24

  • Committed to attending sessions every Saturday afternoon for 6 months from July to December

  • A passion to learn more about photography or music, no matter the skill level

  • Interested in the business side of the creative industry

  • Self-motivated to create content in their free time

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Our performance space.

Our colourful programming room.


When and where?

We’re in Scarborough! Sessions will take place on Saturdays from 1 pm – 4 pm in the newly renovated SPOT at Malvern Public Library. We will start on July 13th, and end in December. We have access to an amazing list of resources for producing digital media content, including:

  • Access to iMacs and Macbooks with Adobe Photoshop

  • A professional recording studio with a recording booth

  • DSLR cameras

  • Video microphones/lavaliers

  • Lighting equipment

  • Seamless paper backdrops and backdrop stands

  • Dance studio

  • Green screen

One of our iMacs with Adobe Photoshop.

One of our iMacs with Adobe Photoshop.

All smiles with our past participants.

All smiles with our past participants.

 

OUR SUPPORTERS

Funding for The Wave Runners Program has been provided by the City of Toronto through Toronto Arts Council and ArtReach Toronto.

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Space and resources provided by the Toronto Public Library.