Justice in Nova Scotia to be Discussed at Upcoming Public Forum

(January 21, 2015, Halifax) Youth Art Connection is convening a Public Forum to address justice in Nova Scotia, through the prism of poetry, writing and visual art, in partnership with the Michaëlle Jean Foundation and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.
Taking place at the Art Gallery on January 24, the event will feature an intergenerational panel of professional writers, poets and hip hop artists, performances and a public debate. Participants will discuss the ways in which the written and spoken word can be used to address such matters as restorative justice, inmate rehabilitation, the Indian Residential Schools and gender-based violence.

The public forum is presented as part of the 4th Wall: Justice, Art and Youth Exhibition, which is spearheaded by the Michaëlle Jean Foundation and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Sponsored by TD Bank Group and Fred and Elizabeth Fountain, the exhibition features the artwork of 71 Nova Scotian artists, aged 15 to 30, who share their unique perspectives on justice in Canada.

Their artwork was selected through a rigorous competition process, which saw youth from across the province submit proposals on the theme justice, art and youth. The exhibition is on view through January 25, 2015, at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Youth Art Connection is a collaborative community partner for this exhibition.

Where: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 1723 Hollis Street, Halifax
When: Saturday January 24th, 1-3pm
Who: All are welcome to view the exhibition, and listen and engage with the panelists.

“Featuring the work of young artists/activists in Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, one of Nova Scotia’s main cultural institutions, has given a voice to young people and their communities in an unprecedented way. It is a great example of how Nova Scotians can work together across sectors to make positive community change,” says Ryan Veltmeyer, Executive Director of Youth Art Connection. “With an organization like the Michaëlle Jean Foundation leading on activities at a national level, we have a further opportunity to align our efforts with organizations across the country.”

Speakers include Rebecca Thomas (spoken word artist), Chris Benjamin (author), Shevy Price (hip hop artist), Jon Tattrie (author), Rebecca Moore (artist and public speaker), Savvy Simon (public speaker, activist, entrepreneur), Alyssa Flint (spoken word artist), Peter Flegel (Director of Programs and Communications at the Michaëlle Jean Foundation), and Dale Sheppard (Curator of Education and Public Programs at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia).

For more information about the exhibition visit

For more information about Youth Art Connection, please visit: http://www.youthartconnection.ca.

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For more information about the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, please visit: www.artgalleryofnovascotia.ca.

Contact person: Ryan Veltmeyer | 902-579-4673 | youthartconnection@gmail.com