ART + LITERACY

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creating positive change

We are a youth organization founded in 2013 at the University of Alberta that uses art to empower youth to take on issues and causes in their local and global communities. All youngsters have the potential to create positive change as “youngstars”. Too often art and youth are deemed to be powerless in creating practical impact in our communities so we challenge ourselves to prove otherwise.





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stars are not only found in the sky

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DEV DUTTA (BOARD MEMBER) - MONDAY, AUGUST 17, 2015




Hope.

Surrounded by the darkness of the night, we look among the hundreds of little, bright stars for hope. But hope is not only found in the sky.

Often what we believe are the weakest, like the little stars in the night sky, have the greatest potential hidden inside of them. We have all heard too often that getting a degree in arts is jobless and hopeless - even a waste of time. Youth on the other hand are seen as immature and inexperienced enough to change the world - still needing to grow-up.

“On the contrary, arts and youth have enormous potential to positively impact our communities."

Art can provide unique perspectives, inspire creative solutions, bring together our communities, and much more. Often we overlook art’s potential by thinking that it is only for the art-minded or that it doesn't have enough practical use; however, we believe everyone can use art to create a tangible impact in making our world better.

Youth bring their passion, dedication, and creativity to solve problems. Sometimes young people are hindered by a lack of experience need a chance to start somewhere to be able to gain experience. They are already working on big and small projects in their communities that are making a positive difference for themselves and future generations.

Our hope and challenge is to creatively bring together arts and youth in ways that creates and inspires solutions for numerous issues in our local and global communities, many of which have been outlined by the United Nations’ in their 2015 Sustainable Development Goals such as increasing poverty, declining health, changing climates, and so on. By combining art with issues and causes we are passionate about, we can all take steps towards creating positive change in our communities no matter what walks of life we come from. We work to turn passions into meaningful experiences and problems into beautiful solutions.

Our hope lies among the billions down on our earth.



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our fragile dreams float so high



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our fragile dreams float so high

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DEV DUTTA (BOARD MEMBER) - MONDAY, AUGUST 17, 2015




Purpose.

Falling effortlessly down on a bed of clouds, our hope turns into a purpose as minutes turn into hours. After all, dreams are created among the clouds.

Arts for YoungSTARS is a result of combining arts and youth. In our name lies the foundation of our purpose. We define it with our mission below.

“the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination with the object or purpose of inspiring, creating, and empowering a young generation of children, young people, youth to be fixed luminous points, who solve issues to better their local and global communities”

Dreaming to bridge the uncertainty that lies between arts and other domains of knowledge (such as Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics or STEM), we want to empower youngsters to become passionate lifelong learners who are comfortable combining various disciplines, causes, issues to create tangible and innovative solutions. We want them to recognize early on in their lives that you do not always have to focus on using one particular discipline to solve an issue, but rather you can fuse strengths from various domains to solve problems and invent solutions.

We created a visual identity that extentuates our purpose. The foreground of our logo is composed of a red youth silhouette reaching out for a white tipped blue tool, with the white tip containing an plus sign and the blue tool, a 5-pointed star. Leaning at an angle to create a stylized letter “A”, our logo represents young people reaching out to the arts as a tool to create positive change in an uncertain world, depicted by a dark grey background.



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represents the tangible change we want to make in the world. The addition sign represents the “positive” component of the change.
symbolizes our trust in arts. It is also a physical representation of the tools used in arts to create artworks such as a painter's brush, a writer’s pen, and so on. The 5-pointed star is reminder of our 5 pillars.
symbolizes our passion for causes. It represents youth reaching out to the arts as a way to create positive change.
represents the uncertainty and initial void that exists



But we mustn't be afraid to bring these gifts with us.





Our mission is to inspire empower create

a young generation of leaders committed to tackling real world issues in their local and global communities with art. Our vision is that all youth everywhere are able to access and use art as a powerful agent in solving issues in the world around them. Our pillars, shown below, define the "STARS" in our name and provide the foundation for all our programs and project.

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*Note: STEAM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, arts (+ design), and mathematics.


will they ever become tall mountains or deep lakes





will they ever become the tall mountains or the deep lakes

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DEV DUTTA (BOARD MEMBER) - MONDAY, AUGUST 17, 2015




Method.

Rising up to see a blurry world in front of us, we are tempted to fall back into the clouds. Suddenly, we remember our purpose so we get to work again.

Art + x = Creating Positive Change
x = causes, issues, fields of study, disciplines, etc.

To create positive change in reality, we use the above formula, which also provides the foundation for building all our programs and projects. Our formula simply combines art creatively with another element to create positive change. Two variables in our formula are constant: art and creating positive change. However by varying what we combine art with, we manipulate variable x. Without restricting ourselves to one particular issue or cause, our members have an opportunity to apply their creativity to issues and causes they care about. This is a way of problem solving that challenges us to think critically with an interdisciplinary mindset. By combining opposite, we often find strengths from each that balance the other’s weaknesses, which leads to synergy.

The marriage of the blue and red on a dark grey platform visually represents a common thread (stream) among all our programs and projects. The blue is the art component and red, the variable component of our programs. The dark grey unities and the addition sign symbol “+” bridges the two contrasting colours and components. For example, Art + Values became the foundation for our After-school Art Program, which uses art activities to promote positive psychosocial development of children in local elementary schools in Edmonton.

We focus on tangible impact using art. Therefore, we measure our impact by collecting data through volunteer and participant surveys at the end of each event, project, and program. Collecting evidence of our impact also helps to plan our programs better for the following year. You may have noticed that we use aspects of sciences, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics (STEAM), which may seem odd, but that’s just the type of interdisciplinary thinking we want to spread to young people.



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The world is our canvas to paint positive change for future generations.
Learn more about our programs that we use to tackle local and global issues below.





learning values

Afterschool Art Program


Exposing children to essential life-long values through arts and crafts at elementary schools.

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mental health awareness

Mindful Art Corners


Raising awareness for mental health on campus through a collection of de-stressing art activities.

Learn more ▸
global child health

Stories by YoungSTARS


Sharing youth stories, culture, and arts from around the world to fundraise for children's health.

Learn more ▸


will they ever take root on our earth





will they ever take root on our earth

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DEV DUTTA (BOARD MEMBER) - MONDAY, AUGUST 17, 2015




Method.

Rising up to see a blurry world in front of us, we are tempted to fall back into the clouds. Suddenly, we remember our purpose so we get to work again.

Art + x = Creating Positive Change
x = causes, issues, fields of study, disciplines, etc.

To create positive change in reality, we use the above formula, which also provides the foundation for building all our programs and projects. Our formula simply combines art creatively with another element to create positive change. Two variables in our formula are constant: art and creating positive change. However by varying what we combine art with, we manipulate variable x. Without restricting ourselves to one particular issue or cause, our members have an opportunity to apply their creativity to issues and causes they care about. This is a way of problem solving that challenges us to think critically with an interdisciplinary mindset. By combining opposite, we often find strengths from each that balance the other’s weaknesses, which leads to synergy.

The marriage of the blue and red on a dark grey platform visually represents a common thread (stream) among all our programs and projects. The blue is the art component and red, the variable component of our programs. The dark grey unities and the addition sign symbol “+” bridges the two contrasting colours and components. For example, Art + Values became the foundation for our After-school Art Program, which uses art activities to promote positive psychosocial development of children in local elementary schools in Edmonton.

We focus on tangible impact using art. Therefore, we measure our impact by collecting data through volunteer and participant surveys at the end of each event, project, and program. Collecting evidence of our impact also helps to plan our programs better for the following year. You may have noticed that we use aspects of sciences, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics (STEAM), which may seem odd, but that’s just the type of interdisciplinary thinking we want to spread to young people.



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Our strength lies in working together.
Thank you to our hard-working community supporters and our entire team of volunteers for making the impossible, possible.



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fear not for stars also dwell here on the ground, as you and I





fear not for stars also dwell here on the ground, as you and I

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DEV DUTTA (BOARD MEMBER) - MONDAY, AUGUST 17, 2015




Method.

Rising up to see a blurry world in front of us, we are tempted to fall back into the clouds. Suddenly, we remember our purpose so we get to work again.

Art + x = Creating Positive Change
x = causes, issues, fields of study, disciplines, etc.

To create positive change in reality, we use the above formula, which also provides the foundation for building all our programs and projects. Our formula simply combines art creatively with another element to create positive change. Two variables in our formula are constant: art and creating positive change. However by varying what we combine art with, we manipulate variable x. Without restricting ourselves to one particular issue or cause, our members have an opportunity to apply their creativity to issues and causes they care about. This is a way of problem solving that challenges us to think critically with an interdisciplinary mindset. By combining opposite, we often find strengths from each that balance the other’s weaknesses, which leads to synergy.

The marriage of the blue and red on a dark grey platform visually represents a common thread (stream) among all our programs and projects. The blue is the art component and red, the variable component of our programs. The dark grey unities and the addition sign symbol “+” bridges the two contrasting colours and components. For example, Art + Values became the foundation for our After-school Art Program, which uses art activities to promote positive psychosocial development of children in local elementary schools in Edmonton.

We focus on tangible impact using art. Therefore, we measure our impact by collecting data through volunteer and participant surveys at the end of each event, project, and program. Collecting evidence of our impact also helps to plan our programs better for the following year. You may have noticed that we use aspects of sciences, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics (STEAM), which may seem odd, but that’s just the type of interdisciplinary thinking we want to spread to young people.



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As we continue on our journey to create positive change, we hope you will join us too.
If you would like to help with this movement
please consider joining our team, sharing your ideas, or just spreading this message on social media.



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Arts for YoungSTARS (AFYS) is an officially registered organization at the University of Alberta.
Official email address: artstars@ualberta.ca.




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Creating positive change with art

Arts for YoungSTARS is a youth organization founded at the University of Alberta in 2013 that uses art to empower youth to take on social issues in our local and global communities. All youngsters have the potential to make a positive difference in their communities, as YoungSTARS. Too often art and youth are deemed to be powerless in creating practical impact in our communities.
We challenge ourselves to prove otherwise.












One commitment. Our communities.

Student Unions' 2016 Community Outreach Award Winner




Mission, Vision, & Pillars

Our mission is to inspire, empower, and create a young generation of leaders committed to tackling real world issues in their local and global communities with art. Our vision is that all youth everywhere are able to access and use art as a powerful agent in solving issues in the world around them.



S

favorite
Support Health


T

flare
Trigger creativity


A

share
Augment networking


R

volume_up
Raise awareness


S

public
Supply opportunities












The world is our canvas to paint positive change for future generations.

Learn more about our programs that we use to tackle local and global issues below.




learning values

After-school Art Program


Exposing children to essential life-long values through arts and crafts at elementary schools.
Learn more ▸



learning values

Mindful Art Corners


Raising awareness for mental health on campus through a collection of monthly art activities.
Learn more ▸



learning values

Stories by YoungSTARS


Sharing youth stories, culture, and arts from around the world to fundraise for children's health.
Learn more ▸





















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