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Bridging GAAPS: Youth Unlimited


Teens, Be Creative!, Art + Design

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Gabrielle Clermont | January 14, 2022

Calling all high school students! This past year has been hard for everyone. Bridging GAAPS in partnership with Cambridge Art Galleries l Idea Exchange wants to give YOU a platform to share how you are feeling and doing as well as discover new strategies for dealing with stress.

Join a new local artist each month as they share their work and their personal experiences, and lead exercises to unlock your creative potential and productively deal with stress. Submit your work to our digital publication after the workshop and gain volunteer hours!

Psychotherapist Suzanne Trottman will also join us to share free resources available to you and your family to gain mental health support. Receive some solid strategies to immediately implement into your daily life.

Saturday, September 18, 2:00-4:00pm, with visual artist Ken Daley Register Here

Saturday, October 16, 2:00-4:00pm, with singer/songwriter/musician Joni NehRita Register Here

Saturday November 13, 2:00-4:00pm, with dancer Binty Koroma Register Here

Bridging GAAPS is an initiative focused on developing a more inclusive community by using an inclusive approach. Putting on peaceful rallies and running inclusive youth programs are some of the ways founder Pheona 'Phe' has had success in bringing her community together to stand for change. Bridging GAAPS stands for: Giving All A Place To Speak. Find out more on their website at

More about our featured artists:

Ken Daley is an artist/illustrator from Cambridge, Ontario, Canada. His distinctive style expressed the vibrant spirit and culture of the Caribbean and the African diaspora.
Ken’s passion lies with stories that reflect his heritage as the child of immigrants, his connection to the Caribbean, and the richness and expanse of the African Diaspora. He believes that diverse stories are essential to creating a more just, and equitable world, and this is something he is deeply committed to manifesting through his art. As an award-winning illustrator, he is known for his use of bold colours, and authentic details to depict Black Life, in all its iterations. Ken has exhibited his artwork within Canada, the United States and the Caribbean, and can be found in numerous private collections. He has illustrated five published children’s books - Joseph’s Big Ride, Auntie Luce’s Talking Paintings (nominated as one of the best picture books in 2018 by Kirkus Review), A Feast for Joseph, In the Spirit of a Dream, and Jayden’s Impossible Garden. To learn more about Ken and his artwork, please visit: and

Jamaican-Canadian artist Joni NehRita writes songs about unity, hope and social justice. Her jazz-tinged brand of soul is infused with rhythms & sounds from her Afro-Caribbean background. The Toronto Canada native studied jazz vocals & arranging at Humber College. A multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and arranger, she has a gift for writing infectious, well-crafted songs that are deeply personal. NehRita’s a seasoned performer known for her ability to touch an audience and leave them feeling changed. Raji Sohal from CBC 3 Montreal may have put it best, “I can attest that in live performance her voice and stage presence are stellar and come off as endearingly natural.  Joni had me hollering and cheering like I haven’t at an R&B show in a while.” This year NehRita releases her 4th full length album, Love & Protest which is a marked step further toward global roots/world music but keeps her distinctive gift for writing accessible songs that groove in tact.  Love & Protest explores the juxtaposition between love being “the answer” and fire/anger being the fuel to protest, to question, to be the change. The new album finds NehRita switching from keys to guitar as her main instrument and has relies heavily on percussion rhythms found in Caribbean & Brazilian music. Joni is also a music educator & facilitator who has taught workshops in improvisation, performance & vocal technique at Wilfrid Laurier University, Seneca College, Folk Alliance International, The Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival as well as at countless other schools & community events. In February of 2020 she added TEDxED speaker to her list of professional accomplishments. Joni is also regularly called on to participate on panels about music, race & social justice, for adjudication at music festivals/competitions as well as to host and/or moderate events.

My name is Binty Koroma and I am originally from Sierra Leone West Africa.  I came to Canada with my family when I was 10 years old. I have always loved dance, and been dancing since I could walk. When I came to Canada we danced in schools, churches, multicultural festival etc. Right now I'm a mother of 3 beautiful children and the co-founder of Afro-Tribal dance where I teach African dancing to the public.  Afro-Tribal Dance is a not-for-profit organization. Our purpose is to help families in Africa. Through humanitarian assistance and our African dance classes, we hope to help these families by collecting non-perishable food items, clothes, school supplies, hygiene products, and baby supplies. My mission in life is to make the world a better place.