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National Youth Arts Week (NYAW)


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  • National Youth Arts Week
  • National Youth Arts Week
  • Next Up Showcase 2017
    Next Up Showcase 2017

National Youth Arts Week (NYAW) provides an opportunity for young people across Canada to create a celebration of youth-led events showcasing their talents, expressing and exchanging ideas, getting excited about the arts and celebrating their positive contribution to their communities and to Canada! In Cambridge, from May 1 – 7, 2017 our local teens are invited to participate in a week of special events planned to inspire youth in art, drama and music and to energize active involvement in sport, environmental projects, life skills and volunteerism.

Local organizations and schools such as the City of Cambridge, Idea Exchange, Academy Ballet Classique, Cambridge Community Players, Cambridge Symphony Youth Orchestra, Hespeler Village Neighbourhood Association, Langs, Monsignor Doyle Catholic Secondary School, Music Is My Weapon, Preston High School, Region of Waterloo Public Health, St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School, United Way Cambridge and North Dumfries Volunteer Centre, Waterloo Regional Police Service, Youth Unlimited, YMCA Newcomers Youth Theatre Project, YMCA Teen Drop-In Zone and YWCA Cambridge Girls’ Centre have all contributed to make the first week of May full of events that showcase the talents of our teens and encourage an active lifestyle!

Let’s celebrate visual arts! Explore secondary student artwork at Idea Exchange Art + Design, Queen Square Gallery. Generation Yet Unnamed is designed to showcase emerging student artists from the Cambridge community.

This week is also about getting energized with sports and outdoor activities. Stop by a City of Cambridge recreation center for a Teen Swim to splash around with your friends for an hour with the pool to yourselves. Just-for-teens Cycling, Yoga, and Drop-In Sports make for a full week of active fun!

Come grow your skills! Take your job hunt to the next level with a Job Search & Resume Workshop. Want to learn how to code? Now’s your chance with tech programs with a focus on game design.

Let the sweet sound of music be your guide to awesome music events this week like the Next Up Showcase featuring emerging musicians from Waterloo Region at Monigram Coffee Roasters or the Coffee House at the YMCA Teen Drop-In Zone.

Grab your friends and come celebrate together at the Cambridge Youth Awards on May 4 starting at 7:00pm. Show your support for Cambridge youth, be entertained by local young musicians, and take time to celebrate the talent in our community!

The fun doesn’t stop there! Take part in the Change the World Youth Volunteer Challenge to earn volunteers hours, get a certificate, and win prizes!

Believe it or not, there’s even more where that came from! Join the conversation online at #CbridgeTeen and #IEXnyaw.

Click here for full schedule: National Youth Arts Week 2017 events [PDF]