The City of Thunder Bay is excited to host virtual programming again this year in celebration of National Youth Arts Week, occurring May 1 to May 7 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 12–24 to participate virtually throughout the week with a focus on the wellbeing of our youth. All events are free! 

Visit the Youth Week Thunder Bay website for a full schedule of virtual programming for Youth Week!

Youth Arts Week Virtual Programming Schedule:

Note: Events that require registration will be first come, first served. Registration for these events will close 24 hours prior to the event, so get your spot early! Events that include kits will be available to pickup prior to the event at the Kinsmen Centre, located at 609 James Street North.

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Magical World Diorama
1pm – 3pm

Join Willow Springs Creative Centre as they guide you through using common items (cardboard, paper bags, small stones, markers, paints and glue) to tell your own story using your imagination to create a magical world of our own. Participants will be emailed a Zoom link to access the workshop. 

Monday, May 3, 2021

Painting Rocks Around the City
Available all day

Join CAHEP as they share designs for painting and decorating rocks that you can put in your plants, give as gifts, or hide for someone to find as a surprise! The featured virtual programming can be viewed on the Thunder Bay Culture & Events’ YouTube Channel.

50 art kits available! Register by texting/calling (807) 631-5014 or emailing

Painting with Drag Queens: Classic Beauty vs. Bearded Beast
6pm - 9pm

Express yourself through the art of makeup. Get the inside scoop on how makeup is used in the drag transformation process as dazzling divas, Lolita and Amber Ail paint from start to finish right before your very eyes. They'll also be answering questions and giving out all kinds of makeup tips & tricks. The featured virtual programming can be viewed on Facebook Live: @wigginsproductions.

Willow & Cedar Sign with Etched Metal Accents
7pm – 8:30pm 

An inspirational word can help to lift your spirits, assist you to focus or look at the positive side of life. Together with Willow Springs Creative Centre, create an inspirational sign made from rough local cedar, fresh willow branches and embossed metal accents will be added to the sign. Participants will be emailed a Zoom link to access the workshop. 

Registration is now full. 

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Story Time with TBay Drag Queens
6pm - 7pm

Story Time with Thunder Bay Drag Queens features local drag artists, Lady Fantasia LaPremiere & Mz. Molly Poppinz as they read stories and do activities while fostering acceptance and appreciation of diversity. They will share their personal coming out stories as well as feature a book on gender identity, overcoming adversity, and a Willow comic book. Join them on Facebook Live: @storytimewithtbaydragqueens.

Stone and Copper Amulet
7pm – 8:30pm

Join Willow Springs Creative Centre as participants are guided through creating a beautiful amulet using a smooth Lake Superior stone, copper sheeting and copper wire. The Amulet will be hung on leather or hemp cord for wearing or hanging. Participants will be emailed a Zoom link to access the workshop.

Registration is now full. 


Presenting Sponsor: Acadia Broadcasting Limited – 99.9 The Bay & Country 105

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