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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 events at Intersection
New Music Marathon and Musicircus in the Marketplace
presented by Contact Contemporary Music

September 6, 2014, 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Yonge-Dundas Square
Visit the NAISA table from 2 to 8 pm at Yonge-Dundas Square and enjoy interactive fun with sound using NAISAtrons and laptop performance tools.
NAISA Cultures Days Activities
Sound Sculpture by Hopkins Duffield, 10am - 3pm
September 27, 2014 to September 28, 2014
@ the NAISA Space, 601 Christie St #252
Hive, by Hopkins Duffield, is a sound sculpture that explores convergences between technology and nature using wasp architectures created from found and fabricated parts.
NAISA Cultures Days Activities
SOUNDwalk led by Susan Aaron, begins 1PM
September 27, 2014, 1:00 pm
@ the NAISA Space, 601 Christie St #252
NAISA celebrates Culture Days with a SOUNDwalk at 1pm. In a SOUNDwalk, the listening “audience” moves through a place and the environment “performs.” Join us for at 1pm for a SOUNDwalk led by Susan Aaron, exploring sound environments in the area of the Artscape Wychwood Barns and ending at Nordheimer Ravine. Participants should be sure to wear appropriate footwear and clothing for any weather condition.
NAISA Youth Summer Camp
July 7 - 11, 2014. Mon - Fri 10am-3pm
@ the NAISA Space, 601 Christie St #252
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 - by building a NAISAtron, a micro-transmitter, or working with basic recording and editing software. All equipment provided and no experience is necessary. Limited spots available. Registration required.