EAST Youth Programs
EAST is a collaborative program for Scarborough youth between the ages of 16 and 24 who work under the guidance of professional artists, project managers, local social service providers, youth outreach workers, and peer mentors. EAST uses the universal medium of arts and creativity to encourage healthy, innovative forms of self expression; foster a sustainable, enriching relationship with the arts; teach broadly based transferable life skills; provide new and engaging social experiences; help identify future post-secondary and employment directions; and provide direct employment preparation training. All EAST workshops are free and open to all.
EAST Healthy Relationships Through Music is a free music and sexual health program for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) women and women-identifying youth [16-24] in Scarborough. This program will start January, 2020.
*This program is for women and people who self-identify as women. We use an inclusive definition of “woman”, which welcomes trans-women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people.
EAST Mixtape Challenge
Early in 2018, a call for participants was released inviting youth to participate in EAST Mixtape Challenge. Eight youth applied to the program, and from March to July 2018, the youth spent their Mondays at Toronto Public Library—Malvern S.P.O.T. with musicians, songwriters, record producers, audio engineers, and other mentors who helped them develop their skills in writing, recording, and performing music.
Listen to the music created by the youth here. Since the program, EAST Mixtape Challenge youth participants have performed live at Albert Campbell Square for Canada Day and at the opening reception of our 32nd Annual Juried Exhibition.
EAST Urban Music
From May to June 2017, six participants of the EAST Urban Music program were mentored by professional musicians to develop their skills in writing, composing, producing, and performing their own music. Listen to the two new tracks that they created here.
EAST Animating Democracy
EAST Animating Democracy participants worked on creating short films that were premiered at the 5th Annual Scarborough Worldwide Film Festival. They also helped produce the first-ever EAST Youth Forum that brought together thinkers, artists, activists in Scarborough to talk about how the arts can impact and capture social change.