Free After Three- Art Gallery of Ontario

Organization Sponsor: Art Gallery of Ontario (Musée des beaux-arts de l’Ontario)


Program Description

The AGO’s Free After Three programming is the place to be for youth ages 14 to 25. Youth can participate in graffiti/aerosol art-making, skateboard building, stop-motion animation and break-dancing workshops. And there are ping pong tables out in the Commons every Friday!
Aerosol Art Workshop with Elicser Elliott and Rob Matejka, Skateboard building with Oasis Skateboard Factory, Break-dancing workshops with Unity Charity,Beatboxing for Absolute Beginners with Chris and Balu, Intermediate Beatboxing.

There's also a CAFE and FREE WIRELESS internet!Ontario High School students with valid ID can visit AGO galleries FREE after 3 pm Tuesday through Friday.

Funding Sources: 

The Lloyd Carr-Harris Foundation, Erricson

Strategies For Sustainability: 

The AGO Council works collectively to initiate programming by youth for youth, including exhibitions, public art projects, large-scale events, field trips and much more. This is a hands-on, fast-paced program that gives participants a chance to work with local and international artists, advocates and activists on projects that reflect the concerns, interests and passions of people between the ages of 14 to 24. The council accepts new members every fall, and applicants are selected after a group interview involving current members of the AGO Youth Council. Time commitment: one year.

Impact Of Program: 

Since September, the program has welcomed more than 400 youth after school through daily art-based workshops in the Weston Family Learning Centre.

Key Elements Towards Success: 

The Weston Family Learning Centre allows visitors to experience the power of art to transform how we understand our world and ourselves. The facility, which opened in October 2011, comprises approximately 35,000 square feet of renovated and new space, and increases the AGO’s ability to provide stellar art education in dedicated spaces for instruction and workshops.

Challenges To Meet Them: 

In accordance with the AGO’s long-standing
commitment to fiscal prudence, the year
was a balanced operation—a challenging task in this
time of economic uncertainty.

Length and Stage of Project: 


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