Youth Building Justice and Peace in Nova Scotia ~ Powerful Justice, Art & Youth Event & Exhibition Open Saturday

Youth Building Justice and Peace in Nova Scotia
the Focus of Upcoming Public Forum & Art Exhibition
May 2, 2016, HALIFAX—The Michaëlle Jean Foundation, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and Youth Art Connection are convening the community to a public forum and exhibition opening about empowering youth to use arts-based strategies to advance justice and peace across Nova Scotia, particularly in light of the recent spate of gun violence rocking the province.

Taking place at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia on May 7, the event will feature speeches, performances and a panel discussion with the artists from the latest 4th Wall: Justice, Art & Youth exhibition. The artists were jury selected, and their artwork—addressing Indigenous rights, African Canadian experiences with incarceration, discrimination against LGBTQ Nova Scotians and gender-based violence—will be displayed at the Gallery from May 7 to June 19, 2016.

Co-emceed by former and current poet laureates El Jones and Rebecca Thomas, the public forum will hear remarks from:

  • The Honourable Diana C. Whalen, Minister of Justice and Attorney General
  • The Honourable Tony Ince, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage
  • Marie Wilson, Commissioner, Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada, 2009-2015
  • Quentrel Provo, Founder and CEO, Stop the Violence Spread the Love
  • JRDN, Juno Award-winning artist

Organizers will also take the opportunity to kick off a province-wide consultation, inviting Nova Scotians to submit ideas for a three-year action plan to enhance safety, well-being, reconciliation, and rehabilitation in their communities.

Where: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 1723 Hollis Street, Halifax
When: Saturday, May 7, 2016, 1-4 pm. Doors open at 12:30 pm
Who:  All are welcome to view the exhibition, and to listen and engage in the conversation.

For more information about the exhibition visit: https://www.artgalleryofnovascotia.ca/events-programs/community-partnerships/4th-wall

For more information about the Michaëlle Jean Foundation’s 4th Wall and collective impact programming, please visit: http://www.fmjf.ca/en/programming/collective-impact/

For more information about Youth Art Connection, please visit: http://www.youthartconnection.ca

For more information about the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, please visit: www.artgalleryofnovascotia.ca

For more information:

Peter Flegel
Director of Programs and Communications
Michaëlle Jean Foundation
Telephone: 613.562.5468
Cell: 613.897.4001
Email: pflegel@fmjf.ca

Camille Dubois Crôteau
Communications and Marketing Officer
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Telephone: 902.424.2903
Cell: 902.497.6006
Email: camille.duboiscroteau@novascotia.ca

Ryan Veltmeyer
Co-founder/Executive Director
Youth Art Connection
Telephone: 902.446.8832
Cell: 902.579.4673
Email: rveltmeyer@gmail.com