Atelier 19 shines the spotlight on its know-how on the occasion of its 18th anniversary. For the first time since its founding in 2001, the organization presents an annual exhibition to highlight the creativity of young people who collaborate in its various programs. Art lovers will have the opportunity to have a glimpse of the projects of the organization until April 28 at the cultural center France-Arbor.
After having made collective works in different public spaces, Atelier 19 wishes to showcase the creations of the young people who participate in its programs.
Using different media, nearly 300 works of art, created as much by young people from primary, secondary and young adults in professional reintegration, will be exhibited.
From pottery to mosaic, different types of art are represented. “It’s a good way for the general public to get a glimpse of what we are doing at Atelier 19,” says the agency’s Executive Director, Francine Charland. The majority of our projects are represented in this exhibition. ”
The primary mission of Atelier 19 is to enable young people to blossom through art. Some programs allow elementary school children in adaptation classes to learn to express themselves through different artistic mediums. The organization has also developed projects for teenagers and young adults at Carrefour jeunesse Emploi.
“Young people learn, receive, but also learn to give and transmit by getting involved in their community,” says Ms. Charland.
For Wanda Mitchell, Atelier 19 has given a new impetus to his life. After dealing with depression a few years ago, Wanda Mitchell joined Atelier 19 two months ago and feels like a fish in the water. “I always knew that art was very important to me, but beyond that, I was able to experiment with other media like mosaic. Art is good because it helps to express itself. There are people who speak very little when they come here and are slowly learning to open up. Me, I feel comfortable talking to the volunteers of the Workshop when I have a bad day, “said the young artist in a vibrant testimony delivered during the opening.
“If we have been able to survive for 18 years, it is because we are also entrepreneurs,” says Francine Charland.
Like her colleagues, the executive director of the organization had to be resourceful in securing funding for the organization over the years. Atelier 19 intends to continue its mosaic bench initiative sold to companies. These benches are made every Tuesday during the summer and allow dozens of young people to have a first contact with this medium. Four of these benches and forty of these mosaics are also part of the exhibition.
Francine Charland would now like to develop partnerships with companies in the region in a format similar to the organization’s relationship with the Caisse Desjardins, which hosts a new work each year.
Mrs Charland hopes that the exhibition will serve as a showcase for this purpose.
Atelier 19, which has been supported by the City of Granby for several years, will be able to further develop its projects thanks to the financial participation of the two other levels of government.
Francine Charland was looking forward to receiving a grant of $ 24,000 granted in the last days by the Ministry of Culture. “This is a project that will be realized at HLM Carré Joyeux [rue Saint-Jacques] where we will intervene with art workshops for a year,” she adds.
Atelier 19 will also benefit from a federal program to offer jobs to graduating college or university in art, which will provide assistance this summer.