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Veronica Abrenica Named Youth Arts Ambassador

Veronica Abrenica Named Youth Arts Ambassador

13 April 2016  

Ontario Culture Days launched an exciting new initiative called the Youth Arts Ambassadors Program (YAAP) aimed at fostering and supporting the next generation of community artists in our province. YAAP commissions five diverse youth artists to create new community arts projects in their respective regions that premiere during the 2016 Culture Days weekend taking place September 30, October 1 and 2, 2016. Vaughan resident, YRAC member and Artrepreneur fellow, Veronica Abrenica was selected to represent York Region and its surrounding areas. 

Veronica is a multi-disciplinary, community based artist. She creates opportunities for organic art happenings to occur connecting people together. Outside her art practice Veronica can be found sweating it out on the mats at the Bravado BJJ Academy in Woodbridge or signing up for her next cycling tour.

Throughout the program, the five Arts Ambassadors will develop their professional practice and receive mentoring on a range of topics related to community arts while connecting with a broad network of arts leaders from across their regions and province. As Arts Ambassadors, they will share their learnings with peers and the wider community and wrap-up the first year of the program by attending the 2017 National Culture Days Congress. 

Being part of the Artrepreneur program and the YAAP collective is a step forward in further developing my own arts initiative with I.AM (Intergenerational Arts Movement). I.AM is a community of artists creating art happenings and celebrations concentrated in Vaughan. We aim to highlight the importance of collaborative art making and happenings outside the Toronto core. Producing art and art happenings in my hometown of Vaughan gives me strength and hope for a stronger arts community within the area. Art accessibility for all! - Veronica Abrenica  

Keep up with developments of the Youth Arts Ambassadors’ projects leading up to the 2016 Culture Days weekend by visiting, checking out Culture365 or by following the hashtag #YAAP on Twitter and Facebook.

For updates on Veronica and other fellows' progress throughout the Artrepreneur program, follow YRAC on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #ArtrepreneurYorkRegion. 

Group photo of I.AM members at the Macdonald House on Vaughan. 

The York Region Arts Council is a non-profit, charitable umbrella organization that serves to advance, promote, represent and connect the arts community across the region.

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