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The City of Thunder Bay is excited host virtual programming this year in celebration of National Youth Arts Week, occurring May 1st to May 7th each year! It gives young people across Canada the chance to create a celebration of youth-led events. It showcases their talents and ideas, and gets them excited about the arts and celebrating their involvement in their community. The Recreation and Culture Division, along with other community partners, has arranged different activities for youth ages 12–18 to participate virtually throughout the week with a focus on the wellbeing of our youth. All events are free! Youth Arts week is presented by Ontario Power Generation!

Visit for a full schedule of virtual programming for Youth Week and Youth Arts Week!

Youth Arts Week Virtual Programming Schedule:

Friday, May 1, 2020
LockyerBoys Virtual Concert – 7pm
Kick off Youth Arts Week by tuning into the LockyerBoys as they take the virtual stage with a free concert on our Facebook page! Will and Charlie Lockyer are local brothers who have impressed crowds with their multi instrumental talent and incredible vocal harmonies!

Saturday, May 2, 2020
'ESCAPING LOCKDOWN'! Comic Art – 12pm
Comic book artist Merk will walk you through the creation of a 6-panel story chronicling your fantastical escape from the current COVID-19 lockdown on our Facebook page! Explore some of the aspects of graphic storytelling, drawing approaches and have fun with comics!

Sunday, May 3, 2020
Unicorn Cup-Cake Tutorial – 12:00pm
Jennifer Riley, of CAKE to showing you how to make unicorn themed cup-cakes on our Facebook page!

Monday, May 4, 2020
Self Portrait Art Demo (Part 1) – 12pm
Youth ages 12–18, are welcome to join Kristen Wall of Gallery 33 for an online portrait drawing class on our Facebook page!

Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Self Portrait Art Demo (Part 2) with Live Q&A – 12pm with follow up Q&A at 3pm
Youth ages 12–18, are welcome to join Kristen Wall of Gallery 33 for an online portrait drawing class on our Facebook page! Hang out afterwards at 3:00pm to ask questions and show what you’ve been working on! Email for registration information.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Thunder Bay Museum Hump Day History Talk – 2:30pm
Join the Thunder Bay Museum for a special Hump Day History for National Youth Art Week in focusing on the life and history of Susan Ross, a local painter from Port Arthur! She is well known for her portraits and for capturing the daily lives of First Nations people. In this webinar, you will hear Ross’s life, some of her works of art, and you can participate in a drawing activity at!

Thursday, May 7, 2020
Creative Movement Demo – 12pm
Join Jayal – Youth Navigator of the Youth Inclusion Program, for a fun session exploring movement as a way for grounding and playfulness on our Facebook page! She will offer prompts and visualizations that are inspired by the four elements: water, air, earth, and fire. Everyone is welcome and no experience in dance!

Get Fluid! Make Ink with a Live Q&A – 3pm
Learn how to make inks with coffee and tea. Betty Carpick from the Thunder Bay Art Gallery will show you how to use culinary magic to make your own pigments at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery's Facebook page. Homemade inks are great for drawing, painting, writing, staining, experimenting, and playing! For more information, contact Betty Carpick.

 Youth Arts Week 2020 Programming Schedule

Self Portrait Challenge
Youth can also participate in the week-long Self Portrait Challenge and win prizes! Youth aged 12–24 are invited to submit a photo of your creative self portrait. All mediums are welcome (drawing, cardboard, sculpture, music, photography, use what you have around your home, etc.). Submit a photo of your creation to We'll post the entries to Facebook and Instagram to announce the winners live on Thursday, May 7th.

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Presenting Sponsor: Ontario Power Generation

Volunteer Program Sponsor: Giant Tiger



Signature Sponsors: Porter Airlines, 99.9 The Bay, Country 105, ROCK 94, 91.5 CKPR,

Featured Sponsors: TD Bank

Patron Sponsors: Maverick Entertainment Group, The Waterfront BIA, National Car Rental, Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel & Suites

Contributing Sponsors: Destination Thunder Bay, Club culturel francophone de Thunder Bay, OLG


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