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New arts program coming to Kamloops puts the show in the hands of youth

January 12, 2017 - 4:30 PM

KAMLOOPS - A new youth arts program is coming to the Kamloops Art Gallery.

Generation Z is aimed at people 13 to 18 years old to give them a unique opportunity. Emily Hope, the gallery’s education director, says the goal is to help today’s youth express what it is to be a youth in today’s society.

“They are Generation Z,” she says. “The overarching theme of the program will to be to discuss what it is to be of that generation.”

The facilitators of the program, teen intern Emma Thibault and art instructor Anyssa Gill are part of generation Z, which the program is named after. Once the participants have decided on how they want to express themselves, Thibault and Gill will help make it a reality.

“It’s totally self directed,” she says. “It’s not the sort of art program where they receive instructions.”

Once the art is produced, the participants will also be organizing the exhibition to show it off, working on everything from wall colour to how to choose the name of a piece of work. The gallery has set aside the BMO Open Gallery in the TNRD Civic Building at 5 Avenue and Victoria Street to show the finished art from April 8 to July 7.

The program doesn’t require any registration and is free to attend. It’s funded as the last part of a grant the art gallery received.

“We see this also as the culmination of a two year grant we’ve had from the B.C. Arts Council,” Hope says.

The program will be held Monday afternoons from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. starting Jan. 16. For more information contact Hope at

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