The Scratch & Mix Project

The 4th Wall Scratch & Mix Project: Empowering Black Youth Through the Arts is an interdisciplinary grassroots arts and research project. It uses the arts to make the invisible experiences of Black youth visible by raising awareness about and developing solutions to the challenges and opportunities faced in the Greater Toronto Area. Discover what the artists have to say.

The project includes:

  • A GTA-wide Arts Competition inviting youth (aged 14-30) to submit proposals for artwork on the theme “Empowering the Black Community.” Ten jury-selected finalists will develop their work with seasoned mentors, visit a groundbreaking Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibition at the AGO, receive $1,000 each and see their artwork displayed in a special AGO showcase.
  • A Paid Internship Opportunity at the AGO for one student familiar with the GTA’s Black community who will conduct research, develop materials and help with project planning for the initiative. The application deadline has passed.
  • A Scratch & Mix Project Exhibition, which will be on view at the AGO from April 18 to August 31, 2015;
  • A Youth Solidarity Forum, on April 18, 2015, at the AGO, with over 100 community members, youth, artists, and representatives of a variety of sectors such as health, business, urban planning, justice and community engagement. They identified lasting solutions to issues of concern, which can be implemented through a youth-driven community action project and can inform the Environics Institute’s ongoing research on the Black community.

Listen to Melana Roberts, AGO youth intern, speak about the project on CBC radio:

The Scratch & Mix Project is the latest edition of the Michaëlle Jean Foundation’s national program, 4th Wall: Make the Invisible Visible, which empowers marginalized youth to make their invisible experiences visible by showcasing their talents, experiences and transformative ideas in leading art galleries and museums across Canada.

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