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About the Youth Initiative

In December 2007, New Adventures in Sound Art launched its NAISA Youth Education Initiative.

This initiative promotes the creation of new sound art works by youth through collaboration as an outcome to a series of workshops that teach an understanding of basic sound art, electronics, improvisation and composition. Hands-on workshops include assembling an electroacoustic instrument (the NAISAtron created by Rob Cruickshank), making art with sound, making radio and finally the exploration of sound in space. This initiative is targeted toward youth at high schools, arts centers and community centres. Youth learn to create art entirely with Sound, Radio, Electronics, and/or Performance through exploration using technology. If you are a teacher or run a community centre and are interested in being a part of this youth initiative, please contact Nadene at naisa@naisa.ca

As at October 2013, NAISA has created and/or participated in multiple youth residencies in Ottawa, Mississauga, Kingston and Toronto in which youth have learned to create art with sound. Co-presenting and/or collaborators have included MASC in Ottawa, Canterbury High School in Ottawa, CFRC in Kingston, the Royal Conservatory of Music and Theatre Direct in Toronto, as well as the Youth Troopers for Global Awareness and the Mississauga Office of the Arts and Culture in Mississauga.

NAISA gratefully acknowledges the Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario, SOCAN and the Laidlaw Foundation for their financial support of the first three years of its NAISA Youth Education initiative. SOCAN continues to support this initiative through its annual multi-project grant.

NAISA Sound Art Drop In for children 4-12
Open house June 13
June 27 - Aug 2, 2015, Saturdays and Sundays only, 10am-3pm
@ the NAISA Space, 601 Christie St #252
Admission by donation

Join us on Saturdays and Sundays from June 27 to August 2 at the NAISA Space where children big and small can become sound art performers and active listeners both through learning how to craft and shape a performance on the exciting NAISA Sound Bash Installation, and through learning how to better understand our everyday sound environments through listening exercises. Come to the NAISA Space on Saturday June 13th for an Open House and let your children test the programme out for themselves.

From June 27 to August 2, 2015 NAISA’s installation space will include a mini version of the NAISA Sound Bash which will include a selection of everyday objects especially selected for the interesting sounds they make when struck or played, offering you a chance to play with sound and manipulate it live. Using the NAISA Sound Bash Installation and other recycled objects, NAISA has developed a set of workshops that will engage children with sound and performance in a way that will allow them to express their creative voice with accessible materials. Children will learn creative strategies to perform full-scale pieces on the Sound Bash, including thoughtful improvisation, cueing and performer communication, call and response, and discovering and playing with the vast sonic possibilities that are inherent in everyday objects. Children will learn to manipulate sound live and discover the exciting electronic effects that are part of the Sound Bash, including contact microphones with reverb, delay, and pitch shifting. Children will also hear and experience sound art performances based on a story or using a soundscape, such as a the intensive build and decay of a thunderstorm.
NAISA Youth Summer Camp
July 20 - 24, 2015, Mon - Fri 10am-3pm
@ the NAISA Space, 601 Christie St #252
Pre-registration required - go to https://naisa.ca/education/register/
For more information go to http://naisa.ca/education/youth/
Scholarships available (see below for details)
General $75

This sound art camp is for youth aged 12-17 to create art entirely with sound, radio, electronics, and/or performance through exploration according to their own individual interest - through building a NAISAtron (a unique light-responsive mini synthesizer), a micro-transmitter, and working with basic recording and editing software. Art completed during the workshop will be featured on NAISA’s 24/7 web radio. A great introduction for youth who wish to be involved with recording technology, electronic music composition, electronics assembly, or even soldering. All equipment will be provided by NAISA and no experience is necessary. Note: A limited number of scholarships are available. Please contact Nadene at naisa@naisa.ca for more information or to find out about scholarships. Limited spots available. Registration required.