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ARTASIA 2014: CULTURE FOR KIDS IN THE ARTS

Now in its 15th year, Culture for Kids in the Arts is a registered charitable organization dedicated to providing high-quality arts experiences to children and youth, regardless of their financial circumstances. Designed to promote arts in education, its programming encourages students to expand their learning potential through their natural enjoyment of the performing and visual arts.

CKA’s citywide arts education initiative Artasia involves 500 kids in 17 locations, combining visual arts, environment, education and literacy, engaging children and youth in visual and media arts workshops. During Supercrawl 2014, come experience Artasia's innovative, hands-on creation workshops, reimagining our communities and the everyday materials we find in them. In this imaginative haven, every child's vision and ideas are heard and come to life. This year, the Artasia team helped spark creative work from children in participating community summer programs that addressed themes of repurposing and seeing ways beyond something's initial use. The children's summer-long exploration came together in a sculpture and light installation that communicates their ideas of "secret potential" to viewers. 

As part of Artasia 2014, guest artist Svava Thordis Juliusson has produced a site-responsive, suspended installation incorporating work produced by children over the summer. 

BUILDING A HAMILTON GARDEN WITH THE Y ON WHEELS

Y on Wheels will be helping families enjoy fun family time together while creating a special Hamilton Garden. By the end of the day, Hamilton Garden will be filled with flowers, ladybugs, bumblebees and more — all created from leftover art materials and household items, and “planted” on our garden mural by our community. In the process, Y on Wheels will help children and families discover how easy and fun it is to reuse household items to make beautiful art together. People of all ages are also invited to stop by and “plant a message of hope or a wish for Hamilton” into this special garden. Y on Wheels is a mobile initiative of the YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford that takes YMCA programs and services into the community on demand and free of charge.

DEFINING MOVEMENT DANCE COMPANY

Dancer-choreographers Josh Court and Josh Taylor are co-owners and directors of Defining Movement Dance Company, Hamilton’s first hip-hop dance studio that also specializes in salsa and other Latin dances such as cha-cha, hustle and bachata for youth and adults. They place the emphasis on dance and joyous movement, not competition. DMD empowers its students to explore rhythm and movement creatively to enjoy vitality, confidence and long-term physical health through dance. DMD performed as part of last year’s Supercrawl and return in 2014 with a dynamic hip-hop-focused stage show that will combine live MCs, DJs and producers with hip-hop dance, spoken word and live graffiti art, with performances Saturday and Sunday. 

Since founding the company in 2008, Josh and Josh have appeared, performed and created original choreography for numerous shows and events including the award winning documentary "Boy Dancer" by Dave Wilson, Hamilton Site-Specific Dance Festival, Art Gallery of Hamilton Gala 2012, Supercrawl 2013, medical dance show 'Osler's Overture' with McMaster Family Medicine in 2013 and many more. As arts-educators and choreographers, Josh and Josh operate DMD studio where they teach hip-hop and salsa classes for adults and youth. The pair take pride and joy working in and around the community with elementary schools, high schools, universities, professional companies as well as local charity and youth organizations including: McMaster University, Humber College, Soulpepper Theatre Academy, Sinclair Secondary Dance Company, Art Forms, WAVE after school programs, HARRRP, City Kids and Hamilton Food Share. Court and Taylor are members of the Hamilton Arts Council and also sit on the Dance Theatre Board at the Hamilton Conservatory of Arts, whose goal is to cultivate and promote the growth of dance and the dance community in and around Hamilton. As artists and facilitators, they look to continue their growth in their art forms as well help other do the same.

 

 

EXPRESS YOUR BUTTON! WITH THE HAMILTON REGIONAL INDIAN CENTRE

Stop by the Hamilton Regional Indian Centre’s booth in the Family Zone to Express Your Button — design and create your very own button that you can take home with you to remember your time at Supercrawl 2014. It's fun for all ages (everyone needs a button!) and while you showcase your creativity you can also hang out with Pachi, the colourful and outgoing mascot for the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games!  

 

HAMILTON CHILDREN'S CHOIR

If you’ve ever experienced a performance by the Hamilton Children’s Choir, you already know why they have a reputation for being one of the leading children’s choral programs. Going far beyond technical excellence, the choir consistently dazzles audiences with its focused sound, brilliant repertoire, and captivating stage presence. 

Celebrating 40 years of singing, the Hamilton Children’s Choir has grown to include four choral groups and approximately 150 young singers aged four to 18. Guided by world-renowned artistic director Zimfira Poloz and a talented artistic team, the HCC offers children and youth the experience of musical training, vocal instruction, and world-class performances, along with an unmatched opportunity for personal growth, challenging work and rewarding experiences.

The Hamilton Children’s Choir has become one of the most famous and sought after choirs in the world today. Winning international competitions and being invited to participate in festivals all over the world to perform. The group's noteworthy accomplishments include winning the 2009 “Let the People Sing” Choral Competition in Oslo, Norway (hosted by the European Broadcasting Union, via satellite from Toronto's Glenn Gould Studio). The HCC was also awarded first place in the Children’s Choir category and Best Canadian Performance by Youth at the 2008 CBC National Radio Choral Competition for Amateur Choirs, and received the Cantabile Grand Prize for Best Performing Choir at the 2008 CBC National Radio Gala Competition. In 2012, they were awarded the Grand Prize in the Children's Choir Category at the premier Xinghai International Choir Championships in Guangzhou, China.

Across Canada and around the world, the Hamilton Children's Choir has gathered children and youth together in song, enriching their lives and the lives of those touched by their magnificent music-making.

HAMILTON CONSERVATORY FOR THE ARTS

The Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts is located in a historic building in downtown Hamilton that served as the stately home of the Hamilton Conservatory of Music from 1904 to 1980. Since 1997, the HCA has provided a rich creative environment where artistic instincts are encouraged, professional artistic programming is presented, and the arts are a vehicle to stimulate personal growth. Students of all ages can immerse themselves in over 100 arts programs including music, dance, visual arts, acting and more. As part of Supercrawl 2014, the HCA and its Artistic Director Vitek Wincza invite you to enjoy a variety of performances from the Conservatory's music faculty and students.

HAMILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY: PUPPETEERS & STORYTELLERS

The Hamilton Public Library’s Central Branch moves out onto the street! Join HPL staff for puppet shows and storytelling for the young and young at heart. Spin the library wheel to win great prices and visit interactive displays from Telling Tales Festival to learn more about the event and First Book Canada's display, where you’ll meet Canadian authors with autographed copies of their books. Special guests include Lynne Kittredge-Fox, Ballet Jörgen and Canadian children's authors sponsored by First Book Canada.  

I AM HAMILTON: 3D SELF-PORTRAITS WITH TODAY'S FAMILY

Using recycled materials, children will explore their image and create a 3D replication of themselves. Images of these self-representations will be brought together to create an "I Am Hamilton" collage depicting the diverse types of people that make up our vibrant community. 

INSTRUMENT PETTING ZOO WITH AN INSTRUMENT FOR EVERY CHILD

Members of the non-profit organization An Instrument For Every Child present an instrument playground where children can try out the different instruments offered in the program. (Fingers crossed they don’t fall in love with the drums!) The AIFEC Instrument Petting Zoo is an opportunity for curious prospective musicians and their parents to see, hear, and touch the instruments and learn about the AIFEC program, which offers free instrumental instruction in Hamilton’s inner-city elementary schools. AIFEC’s 30-minute presentations begin at the top of the hour every hour from noon to 4pm on York Boulevard near MacNab Street North.

KIDS GO TO MARKET

As part of Supercrawl 2014, the Hamilton Farmers’ Market will create Kids Go To Market, an interactive environment for younger children to play going to market with a play market environment including market stands, play food, shopping baskets and play wooden money. For older children (or all-ages audiences looking for a quiet activity), the HFM will offer a basket weaving activity using wool and pint-size fruit baskets.

MCMASTER CHILDREN AND YOUTH UNIVERSITY

MCYU will have interactive inquiry-based ‘mini-workshops’ (2 minutes in length) for children and youth to participate in. Our workshops get participants involved in questions about water catchments systems, urban farming, and music and visual art. We are looking forward to bringing fun, interactive learning opportunities to kids in the community!