Posted on August 29th, by BEN in Past Programs, Recent News. 2 comments

About EAST Animating Democracy
The EAST Animating Democracy Project invites Scarborough youth aged 16 to 24 who are interested in using photojournalism or videography to investigate important Scarborough issues through well-told and engaging stories that support civic engagement to participate in this enriching year-long program!

Whether you want to document urban decay, youth-on-youth violence, food awareness/safety, isolated seniors, transit issues, youth unemployment/homelessness, or one of a host of other issues in your community, we encourage you to look at your neighbourhood with fresh eyes and an informed objectively and tell your compelling story.

EAST Animating Democracy is funded by the Kiwanis Club of Toronto, the Toronto Foundation, the Johansen-Larsen Foundation, the George Lunan Foundation, and the J.P. Bickell Foundation, with additional support from the City of Toronto and the Ontario Arts Council. Partners include the Toronto International Film Festival, Trinity Square Video, VIBE Arts, Woodgreen Rites of Passage, and R.I.S.E. Edutainment.

Check out the photos on Facebook!

Millenial Mind: Future of art and social engagement safe in the hands of our young artists (Priya Ramanujam for Scarborough Mirror. 28 April 2016)
Snapd Scarborough. Photos by Nathaniel Rockwood.


Applications are now open for the 2017 EAST Animating Democracy!
Do you want to explore your passion through lens? Apply today!



May 2016: EAST Animating Democracy will showcase their films at the Fox Theatre on June 7 as part of the 4th Annual Scarborough Worldwide Film Festival! In addition, an exhibition of the youth’s photographs and film posters will be exhibited at the Bluffs Gallery with an opening reception on June 6. 


EAST Animating Democracy Youth Forum — April 15
April 2016:
How can youth inspire social change through the arts? The EAST Animating Democracy program explores this question at the first ever EAST Animating Democracy Youth Forum on April 15! With guests Randell Adjei, SPIN El Poeta, Joan Lillian Wilson, Gilad Cohen and more. More information here.

March 2016: After introductory workshops that focused on the basics of filming and how to focus on a clear theme for their stories, EAST Animating Democracy is moving forward with sessions about film production. The youth participants are eager to face their biggest challenge yet: making a film on a small budget.

To offer advice, we brought in industry professionals including cinematographer Mikhail Petrenko and South African filmmakers Nadine Cloete and Kurt Orderson, who spoke about their journeys as filmmakers and offered practical advice to the youth.

The participants also went to Trinity Square Video to learn about and get hands-on experience with post-production, including editing and Photoshop. The group is slowly starting to film, but there are still lots to learn and we are excited to see what this group of youth participants will produce.



2 responses to “EAST ANIMATING DEMOCRACY 2016”

  1. […] Scarborough Arts’ EAST Animating Democracy is a year-long intensive program that invites Scarborough youth aged 16 to 24 to investigate […]

  2. […] the pieces. All proceeds from this event will go towards our youth and children’s programs (EAST and […]

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