Introducing the 2022–23 AWE Teen Arts Council!

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We have officially selected the members of our second-ever Teen Arts Council — a group of creative youth who work to develop engaging arts opportunities in Windsor-Essex for teens, by teens. Keep reading to learn more about the 10 members of the upcoming AWE Teen Arts Council, beginning in September of 2022!

Can’t wait until September? Come see artworks from members of our upcoming AWE Teen Arts Council in the AWE Teen Art Display, on now until August 23!

1) Abigail Weaver

Grade: 10

5 words to describe me:
Determined, loyal, knowledgeable, introverted, curious

If I could create a program/exhibition, I would:
Create a space where everyone is welcome and accepted.

2) Florence Matthews

Grade: 9

5 words to describe me:
Sincere, imaginative, curious, trustworthy, fearless

If I could create a program/exhibition, I would:
Create a class teaching gesture drawing — I took a similar class at Disney World with Todd Bright (Bright Animation) a few years ago, and it improved how I drew the human body.

3) Emily Mills

Grade: 12

5 words to describe me:
Creative, optimistic, innovative, hard-working, curious

If I could create a program/exhibition, I would:
Create something related to surrealism or semi-realism. I love to create things that make people have to look at the picture a second time, or to catch them off guard.

4) Elle Reid

Grade: 12

5 words to describe me:
Creative, positive, supportive, hard-working and confident

If I could create a program/exhibition, I would:
Create a program/exhibition featuring abstract photography using the resources around you to create abstract ideas and concepts.

5) Hala Abu Rashid

Grade: 12

5 words to describe me:
Creative, loyal, stubborn, kind, energetic

If I could create a program/exhibition, I would:
Open a safe expression art facility; where all artists are free to express their creative side without any fear of judgment. I would also be interested in opening a cultural museum, diversity being the key to success.

6) Ashley Bi

Grade: 12

5 words to describe me:
Friendly, adaptable, responsible, collaborative, thoughtful

If I could create a program/exhibition, I would:
Develop a workshop where participants work together to create a unique piece. Each participant is given their own canvas (or something similar) and has a time limit to draw whatever. Once that time limit is reached, they each pass their canvas to someone else, and the timer is restarted. The new person then adds something of their own to the drawing until the time limit is reached again, and then passes the canvas to another person. In this way, each canvas is passed around and drawn on until it makes a full circle and is returned back to the starting participant, who now has in their hands a piece worked on equally by everyone.

7) Amberyne Ahmadzai

Grade: 12

5 words to describe me:
Calm, understanding, loyal, positive, altruistic

If I could create a program/exhibition, I would:
Have a workshop that takes people through different types of reading genres and materials. This will help them better understand what type of reading they enjoy so they can further develop it, and also create things like poems or short stories.

8) Divya Kumar

Grade: 12

5 words to describe me:
Wholehearted, diligent, adventurous, supportive, and organized

If I could create a program/exhibition, I would:
Develop a workshop where you can design and customize clothing. People could bring their old clothes and personalize them; this allows for the clothes to get repurposed in an entertaining and engaging manner instead of ending up as waste. Providing different materials for people to use, like patches of fabric, fabric paint, or embroidery thread, is a great way people can explore their creativity as they have to freedom to create what they want.

9) Tatjana Visekruna

Grade: 12

5 words to describe me:
Open-minded, attentive, ambitious, patient, adaptable

If I could create a program/exhibition, I would be interested in:
Trying ceramics and pottery. I would be interested in learning and teaching myself more about it and also painting or drawing on the finished pieces. I believe there can be endless possibilities in the shapes you could make and the type of story you could tell with what you paint or draw on the finished piece.

10) Norhan El-Gammal

Grade: 11

5 words to describe me:
Friendly, creative, sweet, social and a reliable person

If I could create a program/exhibition, I would:
Create a watercolor workshop because I love to watercolor. I have many brilliant artworks at home that I am proud of. I also attend watercolor classes which give me enough experience to develop a workshop or even an exhibition.

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