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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.

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