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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.

Art's Birthday Family Drop In
January 19, 2019, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River, Canada.
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Drop in to NAISA and celebrate Art's 1,000,056th birthday. Kids and Adults of all ages can try out many fun and exciting art-making activities, including exploring the games and puzzles that are part of the anyWare sculpture. Activities are free and suitable for all ages and abilities. And yes, there will be cake!
Electromagnetic Sound Hunt
By Josh Gumiela
February 16 - 18, 2019
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River, Canada.
Admission by donation

In the everyday environment there is a hidden layer of sound that is beyond the range of human hearing. Josh Gumiela will be on hand at NAISA for Family Day weekend in order to reveal this hidden sound layer. He will not only introduce curious listeners of all ages to his artwork Immobile Device but he will also provide listeners with a device that amplifies the electromagnetic activity present in everyday objects like computers, cellphones, and microwaves. For those that wish to stay longer and learn more he can help build a DIY electromagnetic recording device.
Deep Wireless March Break Fun Fair events
March 11 to 17, 2019, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River, Canada.
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NAISA will be open everyday during March Break with family friendly activities and performances that highlight radio and transmission art: be your own radio announcer; tell a story; play a touch board instrument that you create; and listen to artist performances at various times during the afternoon.