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    Newsprint, Acrylic Paint, and Found Objects on Wood
    Ms. Arro's Grade 7 class, January, 2015 (Opening Year)
     
    This installation is a monochromatic grid painting of Anne Frank on an overlay of words from her diary. Anne is surrounded by found objects meant to metaphorically represent the 30 human rights. These human rights are what Anne, and what the students and staff at Anne Frank P.S., stand for.
  • This is _____ brilliant!

    Kate is best known as a poet, perhaps a performance poet or a spoken word artist.

  • 'It's almost as if I'm not thinking about what I'm doing, my breathing changes, my mind just kind of clears and I go to a different place.'
     
    - Sarah DiNardo, Tape Artist
     
    Sarah DiNardo got into tape art at a very young age when she noticed a fascination with playing with Chiquita Banana stickers. She couldn't get enough of the simple act of picking, feeling and exploring what she was holding and was fascinated in playing with it until the sticker lost it's crispness, of course.
     
    To make her work Sarah hand rolls masking tape and makes beautifully intricate structures within found boxes. She says that making these creations is the most calming thing for her and no matter what happens in a day she can achieve relaxation and stillness through her art. 
     
    Sometimes when folks are need kick back and relax they grab a chocolate bar or a skateboard, play music, jump rope or make a smothie. Everyone has at least one 'thing' that they love to do and Sarah's just so happens to be rolling tape. She is so grateful that she discovered what makes her click. She is living proof that it's possible to create unique and original work from something that satisfies her so much.
     
    What are you passionate about? We'd love to know!
  • Jee_young16
    Jee Young is a Korean artist who uses her talent and imagination to transform small spaces.. She turned her tiny studio space (only 3 X 6 m!) in Seoul, Korea into a stunning ever-changing gallery of beautiful fantasy. 
     
    Everything you see in these scenes has been created by the artist herself. Each one took anywhere from two weeks to months of work to create. Once she finishes assembling each studio-scape, she then inserts herself into it and takes only one photograph to represent each creation. 
     
    According to Jee Young, some of these self-portraits represent her response to social repression and the abrogation of rights she experiences in South Korea. Her challenge of the status quo is channeled in these artistic endeavours, allowing her to process everyday challenges and conflicts. 
     
    She says that in the challenging process of creating these scenes, she is able to express her anger positively and turn it into a work of art that represents her desire for positive change and this in turn gives her hope and inspires her to create again.
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    Jee Young is a Korean artist who uses her talent and imagination to transform small spaces.. She turned her tiny studio space (only 3 X 6 m!) in Seoul, Korea into a stunning ever-changing gallery of beautiful fantasy. 
     
    Everything you see in these scenes has been created by the artist herself. Each one took anywhere from two weeks to months of work to create. Once she finishes assembling each studio-scape, she then inserts herself into it and takes only one photograph to represent each creation. 
     
    According to Jee Young, some of these self-portraits represent her response to social repression and the abrogation of rights she experiences in South Korea. Her challenge of the status quo is channeled in these artistic endeavours, allowing her to process everyday challenges and conflicts. 
     
    She says that in the challenging process of creating these scenes, she is able to express her anger positively and turn it into a work of art that represents her desire for positive change and this in turn gives her hope and inspires her to create again.
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    Jee Young is a Korean artist who uses her talent and imagination to transform small spaces.. She turned her tiny studio space (only 3 X 6 m!) in Seoul, Korea into a stunning ever-changing gallery of beautiful fantasy. 
     
    Everything you see in these scenes has been created by the artist herself. Each one took anywhere from two weeks to months of work to create. Once she finishes assembling each studio-scape, she then inserts herself into it and takes only one photograph to represent each creation.
     
    According to Jee Young, some of these self-portraits represent her response to social repression and the abrogation of rights she experiences in South Korea. Her challenge of the status quo is channeled in these artistic endeavours, allowing her to process everyday challenges and conflicts. 
     
    She says that in the challenging process of creating these scenes, she is able to express her anger positively and turn it into a work of art that represents her desire for positive change and this in turn gives her hope and inspires her to create again.
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    Jee Young is a Korean artist who uses her talent and imagination to transform small spaces.. She turned her tiny studio space (only 3 X 6 m!) in Seoul, Korea into a stunning ever-changing gallery of beautiful fantasy. 
     
    Everything you see in these scenes has been created by the artist herself. Each one took anywhere from two weeks to months of work to create. Once she finishes assembling each studio-scape, she then inserts herself into it and takes only one photograph to represent each creation. 
     
    According to Jee Young, some of these self-portraits represent her response to social repression and the abrogation of rights she experiences in South Korea. Her challenge of the status quo is channeled in these artistic endeavours, allowing her to process everyday challenges and conflicts. 
     
    She says that in the challenging process of creating these scenes, she is able to express her anger positively and turn it into a work of art that represents her desire for positive change and this in turn gives her hope and inspires her to create again.
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    Jee Young is a Korean artist who uses her talent and imagination to transform small spaces.. She turned her tiny studio space (only 3 X 6 m!) in Seoul, Korea into a stunning ever-changing gallery of beautiful fantasy. 
     
    Everything you see in these scenes has been created by the artist herself. Each one took anywhere from two weeks to months of work to create. Once she finishes assembling each studio-scape, she then inserts herself into it and takes only one photograph to represent each creation. 
     
    According to Jee Young, some of these self-portraits represent her response to social repression and the abrogation of rights she experiences in South Korea. Her challenge of the status quo is channeled in these artistic endeavours, allowing her to process everyday challenges and conflicts. 
     
    She says that in the challenging process of creating these scenes, she is able to express her anger positively and turn it into a work of art that represents her desire for positive change and this in turn gives her hope and inspires her to create again.
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    Jee Young is a Korean artist who uses her talent and imagination to transform small spaces.. She turned her tiny studio space (only 3 X 6 m!) in Seoul, Korea into a stunning ever-changing gallery of beautiful fantasy. 
     
    Everything you see in these scenes has been created by the artist herself. Each one took anywhere from two weeks to months of work to create. Once she finishes assembling each studio-scape, she then inserts herself into it and takes only one photograph to represent each creation. 
     
    According to Jee Young, some of these self-portraits represent her response to social repression and the abrogation of rights she experiences in South Korea. Her challenge of the status quo is channeled in these artistic endeavours, allowing her to process everyday challenges and conflicts. 
     
    She says that in the challenging process of creating these scenes, she is able to express her anger positively and turn it into a work of art that represents her desire for positive change and this in turn gives her hope and inspires her to create again.
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    Jee Young is a Korean artist who uses her talent and imagination to transform small spaces.. She turned her tiny studio space (only 3 X 6 m!) in Seoul, Korea into a stunning ever-changing gallery of beautiful fantasy. 
     
    Everything you see in these scenes has been created by the artist herself. Each one took anywhere from two weeks to months of work to create. Once she finishes assembling each studio-scape, she then inserts herself into it and takes only one photograph to represent each creation. 
     
    According to Jee Young, some of these self-portraits represent her response to social repression and the abrogation of rights she experiences in South Korea. Her challenge of the status quo is channeled in these artistic endeavours, allowing her to process everyday challenges and conflicts. 
     
    She says that in the challenging process of creating these scenes, she is able to express her anger positively and turn it into a work of art that represents her desire for positive change and this in turn gives her hope and inspires her to create again.
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    Jee Young is a Korean artist who uses her talent and imagination to transform small spaces.. She turned her tiny studio space (only 3 X 6 m!) in Seoul, Korea into a stunning ever-changing gallery of beautiful fantasy. 
     
    Everything you see in these scenes has been created by the artist herself. Each one took anywhere from two weeks to months of work to create. Once she finishes assembling each studio-scape, she then inserts herself into it and takes only one photograph to represent each creation. 
     
    According to Jee Young, some of these self-portraits represent her response to social repression and the abrogation of rights she experiences in South Korea. Her challenge of the status quo is channeled in these artistic endeavours, allowing her to process everyday challenges and conflicts. 
     
    She says that in the challenging process of creating these scenes, she is able to express her anger positively and turn it into a work of art that represents her desire for positive change and this in turn gives her hope and inspires her to create again.
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    Jee Young is a Korean artist who uses her talent and imagination to transform small spaces.. She turned her tiny studio space (only 3 X 6 m!) in Seoul, Korea into a stunning ever-changing gallery of beautiful fantasy. 
     
    Everything you see in these scenes has been created by the artist herself. Each one took anywhere from two weeks to months of work to create. Once she finishes assembling each studio-scape, she then inserts herself into it and takes only one photograph to represent each creation. 
     
    According to Jee Young, some of these self-portraits represent her response to social repression and the abrogation of rights she experiences in South Korea. Her challenge of the status quo is channeled in these artistic endeavours, allowing her to process everyday challenges and conflicts. 
     
    She says that in the challenging process of creating these scenes, she is able to express her anger positively and turn it into a work of art that represents her desire for positive change and this in turn gives her hope and inspires her to create again.
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    Jee Young is a Korean artist who uses her talent and imagination to transform small spaces.. She turned her tiny studio space (only 3 X 6 m!) in Seoul, Korea into a stunning ever-changing gallery of beautiful fantasy. 
     
    Everything you see in these scenes has been created by the artist herself. Each one took anywhere from two weeks to months of work to create. Once she finishes assembling each studio-scape, she then inserts herself into it and takes only one photograph to represent each creation. 
     
    According to Jee Young, some of these self-portraits represent her response to social repression and the abrogation of rights she experiences in South Korea. Her challenge of the status quo is channeled in these artistic endeavours, allowing her to process everyday challenges and conflicts. 
     
    She says that in the challenging process of creating these scenes, she is able to express her anger positively and turn it into a work of art that represents her desire for positive change and this in turn gives her hope and inspires her to create again.
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    Jee Young is a Korean artist who uses her talent and imagination to transform small spaces.. She turned her tiny studio space (only 3 X 6 m!) in Seoul, Korea into a stunning ever-changing gallery of beautiful fantasy. 
     
    Everything you see in these scenes has been created by the artist herself. Each one took anywhere from two weeks to months of work to create. Once she finishes assembling each studio-scape, she then inserts herself into it and takes only one photograph to represent each creation. 
     
    According to Jee Young, some of these self-portraits represent her response to social repression and the abrogation of rights she experiences in South Korea. Her challenge of the status quo is channeled in these artistic endeavours, allowing her to process everyday challenges and conflicts. 
     
    She says that in the challenging process of creating these scenes, she is able to express her anger positively and turn it into a work of art that represents her desire for positive change and this in turn gives her hope and inspires her to create again.
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    Jee Young is a Korean artist who uses her talent and imagination to transform small spaces.. She turned her tiny studio space (only 3 X 6 m!) in Seoul, Korea into a stunning ever-changing gallery of beautiful fantasy. 
     
    Everything you see in these scenes has been created by the artist herself. Each one took anywhere from two weeks to months of work to create. Once she finishes assembling each studio-scape, she then inserts herself into it and takes only one photograph to represent each creation. 
     
    According to Jee Young, some of these self-portraits represent her response to social repression and the abrogation of rights she experiences in South Korea. Her challenge of the status quo is channeled in these artistic endeavours, allowing her to process everyday challenges and conflicts. 
     
    She says that in the challenging process of creating these scenes, she is able to express her anger positively and turn it into a work of art that represents her desire for positive change and this in turn gives her hope and inspires her to create again.
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    Jee Young is a Korean artist who uses her talent and imagination to transform small spaces.. She turned her tiny studio space (only 3 X 6 m!) in Seoul, Korea into a stunning ever-changing gallery of beautiful fantasy. 
     
    Everything you see in these scenes has been created by the artist herself. Each one took anywhere from two weeks to months of work to create. Once she finishes assembling each studio-scape, she then inserts herself into it and takes only one photograph to represent each creation. 
     
    According to Jee Young, some of these self-portraits represent her response to social repression and the abrogation of rights she experiences in South Korea. Her challenge of the status quo is channeled in these artistic endeavours, allowing her to process everyday challenges and conflicts. 
     
    She says that in the challenging process of creating these scenes, she is able to express her anger positively and turn it into a work of art that represents her desire for positive change and this in turn gives her hope and inspires her to create again.
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    Jee Young is a Korean artist who uses her talent and imagination to transform small spaces.. She turned her tiny studio space (only 3 X 6 m!) in Seoul, Korea into a stunning ever-changing gallery of beautiful fantasy. 
     
    Everything you see in these scenes has been created by the artist herself. Each one took anywhere from two weeks to months of work to create. Once she finishes assembling each studio-scape, she then inserts herself into it and takes only one photograph to represent each creation. 
     
    According to Jee Young, some of these self-portraits represent her response to social repression and the abrogation of rights she experiences in South Korea. Her challenge of the status quo is channeled in these artistic endeavours, allowing her to process everyday challenges and conflicts. 
     
    She says that in the challenging process of creating these scenes, she is able to express her anger positively and turn it into a work of art that represents her desire for positive change and this in turn gives her hope and inspires her to create again.
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    Jee Young is a Korean artist who uses her talent and imagination to transform small spaces.. She turned her tiny studio space (only 3 X 6 m!) in Seoul, Korea into a stunning ever-changing gallery of beautiful fantasy. 
     
    Everything you see in these scenes has been created by the artist herself. Each one took anywhere from two weeks to months of work to create. Once she finishes assembling each studio-scape, she then inserts herself into it and takes only one photograph to represent each creation. 
     
    According to Jee Young, some of these self-portraits represent her response to social repression and the abrogation of rights she experiences in South Korea. Her challenge of the status quo is channeled in these artistic endeavours, allowing her to process everyday challenges and conflicts. 
     
    She says that in the challenging process of creating these scenes, she is able to express her anger positively and turn it into a work of art that represents her desire for positive change and this in turn gives her hope and inspires her to create again.
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    Jee Young is a Korean artist who uses her talent and imagination to transform small spaces.. She turned her tiny studio space (only 3 X 6 m!) in Seoul, Korea into a stunning ever-changing gallery of beautiful fantasy.
     
    Everything you see in these scenes has been created by the artist herself. Each one took anywhere from two weeks to months of work to create. Once she finishes assembling each studio-scape, she then inserts herself into it and takes only one photograph to represent each creation.
     
    According to Jee Young, some of these self-portraits represent her response to social repression and the abrogation of rights she experiences in South Korea. Her challenge of the status quo is channeled in these artistic endeavours, allowing her to process everyday challenges and conflicts.
     
    She says that in the challenging process of creating these scenes, she is able to express her anger positively and turn it into a work of art that represents her desire for positive change and this in turn gives her hope and inspires her to create again.
  • Steps to Changing Our World...
     
    1. Watch the video.
    2. Learn about COW.
    3. Love the video.
    4. Get courageous.
    5. Make some art!
    6. Upload it to COW.
    7. Share it!
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  • From a little bit of online research we learned that you’ve been playing piano since you were four, self-taught up to age nine then got lessons. And wrote your first song at age 11. That’s incredible! What drew you to music at such a young age?

    Screen_shot_2013-10-25_at_2.37.31_pmI was a bit of a weird kid, (I still am). I seemed always drawn to things that allowed me to be an individual. It always stemmed from creative outlets — like drawings, poems or songs. I never liked math and science much because it’s so black and white. Your answer is either right or wrong. I discovered art, music and writing had thousands of different shades of gray in an otherwise black and white world. There was no solid ‘right’ or ‘wrong.’ I realized that there’s more to learning than what you get out of right or wrong answers. The more I did my own thing, kids started to look at me differently. They’d notice me for the pictures that I drew and the songs that I’d play, and that was the best feeling in the world. I broke away from the norm, and since, I’ve never gone back. 

    Do you have any role models that you look up to that help you strengthen your craft as a musician?

    There has been a number of adults that have really inspired; from my producer Scott Walsh to radio show host Katherine Dines to singing teacher Trina Langthorne to an endless lists of guitarists, drummers, producers, sound guys, singers, song writers, performers that I’ve met along the way. I have truly met the most amazing collection of people, but there’s one in particular that stands a little taller than the rest. If it weren’t for Leslie Rohonczy, I’m not sure where I’d be with music today. Not only is she a musical genius, she’s a very close friend of my Mom’s. Leslie is a musician, songwriter, artist. She’s amazing. My mom told me that in the early years of college she would follow Leslie all around town to all sorts of different gigs and that “maybe my ovaries were dancing to Leslie’s music, and that’s where you get it from.” Leslie has taught me so much over the past years. I’m so thankful to have her in my life! 

    How would you describe your sound? Who inspires you? Who are your musical influences?

    Although it seems simple, this is one of the hardest questions for me to answer because I’m constantly changing it. At the moment, I’ve fallen deeply attached to 16-year-old singer/song writer Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O’Connor from New Zealand, better known by her stage name, Lorde. I have never been interested in an artist that was younger than me before, (even though it’s only a couple of months) but her entire style/view/lyric concept honestly astounds me and I’d love to meet her someday! Her maturity is far beyond her age and listening to her music almost makes me wish that the rest of the 16 to 17-year-olds would be that cool too. Another major one for me is Lianne La Havas, aged 24 from the United Kingdom (her birthday is a day after mine!) Lianne’s R&B kind of style tangos beautifully alongside her fabulous voice, and I always listen to her stuff when I’m stressed out because it really calms me down. I think she’s really underrated. More people should be discovering her! I could go on forever, but the last name I’m going to through out is Frank Ocean, aged 25. He’s quite big with my age group, but I personally think he holds so much more meaning than some of his audience will ever even understand. Listening to his songs over and over, not only do his solid vocals and stunning lyrics astonish me, but the whole production and sounds sewn together do as well; they build his songs up to be more of an experience than just a mere listen. His album “Channel Orange,” will forever be one of my favorite pieces of art. These three people are currently at the top of my pyramid, and if you haven’t heard of them, you should definitely look them up! 

    As the author and composer of your own music, what does it mean to you to be able to share your story and express yourself?

    Expressing myself is the entire purpose of being an artist. Making a point, sharing opinions, shaking sense, primping feelings — it’s all part of it. The instruments paint the emotions and the lyrics paint the story. As a YouTube artist I can do my music the way I want. I like the luxury of this freedom.

    Even though you’re just starting out, your music video production skills are top notch! We were so impressed in viewing some of your videos. They are fine tuned. For people who are interested in video production would you have any ‘in a nut shell’ tips and tricks that you could provide?

    Videos are actually easier to produce than people think. Just look at how many YouTuber’s base a living off of the stuff they conjure with their lenses? The thing is, you need to be patient and accept the fact that it’s a very long process. Though it is easier than most think, it still takes a lot of work. I have a Canon Rebel for shooting the footage and use iMovie for editing. iMovie was designed to be one of the easiest video editing programs of all; even eight year olds could do it! But the quality of the production and the content is based on individual talent. I can show someone use iMovie, but I cannot show you how to be creative with it. It has to be in you, and I don't think it's something that can be taught. If you’re creative, you can make a masterpiece with anything from the most expensive editing program out there, to something as simple as iMovie. The equipment is just an aid; the person behind the lens and the editing is what makes it good or not. 

    Your beautiful song and music video Stronger has had over 100,000 views on Youtube and has been shared widely across the Internet. You’ve had the courage to share your story with so many young people and have made such a positive impact. Thank you! You’re such an inspiration! Do you feel sharing your story has contribute to a climate where young people can feel empowered to break the silence and get their voice heard?

    Thank-you for the compliment, I appreciate it! I hope it empowers young people to speak out. That was my biggest mistake when going through all the bullying … I never told anyone. I get messages from all kinds of people from all around the world on this song. I was shocked at how much it inspired people to break their own silence.

    You mention in the description of Stronger that it is based on something you went through. Has producing this song and music video changed how you view that experience? How?

    It’s honestly something I don’t even think about anymore. It isn’t worth the brain cells, and neither are the people that caused me all the stress. I’m a changed person, and I’m changing more and more as time goes on. It was a dark chapter in my life, but I’m not going to let it taint the flavor for the rest of the book. It does get better.

    What were some of the practical challenges you faced during the filming of Stronger?

    It was freezing out! The wind kept blowing out the candles and my fingers were so cold I couldn't feel them. My Mom was the one helping me and she complained a lot that her feet and hands were cold too. It was actually shot over quite a few nights, and we had to go out at exactly the same time every night because we wanted the lighting to be dusk, not too bright, not too dark … but it would get dark so fast, and we'd have to wait for the next night. The 3 and a half minute long video doesn’t even do justice to the hours of footage we shot — just to get it right. At the time, I was 15-years-old, and self-image was a major road block for me, (and it still kind of is.) I was very hard on myself during the making of that video, and still to this day, I squirm while watching it because I distinctly trip over all the imperfections. On a lighter note, filming in Algonquin College with my friends was pretty cool. Coincidental I’m currently putting together a portfolio to attend the Media School of Design there next year!

    What kind of advice would you give to young people who would like to get into music? How did you get to where you are now?

    Before anything, it needs to be about the music. For some it's about the popularity they would like to get from music; like lots of views, friends, the ‘image,’ the title, and less about what actually matters — the art. I'd say do what you believe in when it comes to music. Don't write what you think is commercially viable, or think of making money or becoming famous. Very few become famous. Be an artist true to your values. Once you have content, a good recording, a decent video … market yourself. Share it with anyone and everyone who is willing to listen. That’s really all I did. 

    Is there a dominant message that you communicate through your music?

    Not really. The stuff that I have on YouTube to me now is old. It doesn’t reflect who I am anymore. Mynew stuff that I’m now working on is really exciting. I’m almost bursting to be able to share it. I want to make a difference with music, like Stronger did, but even more impactful.

    What do the words equity and inclusion mean to you?

    For me equity and inclusion is about fairness, treating everyone the same way and including everyone — like group things. Respect others the way you’d like to be respected. I know that saying is one of the oldest in the book, but once you focus on it, its actual meaning, you’ll really start considering treating others differently.

    What do you think are some of the challenges facing young people in today’s world?

    The internet for sure. The on-line world is huge, it's always there and it's here to stay. You can't escape it. It's too much part of our daily lives to turn it off. We all need to learn how to manage it. The thing for my generation is that the bad guys aren’t easy to spot anymore; they disguise themselves as the good ones and there are too many anonymous ways to reach into people’s lives. It’s a never ending cycle, and there really isn’t any ‘proper’ way to deal with it. We all just have to deal with it on our own. Be careful is all I can say.

    If you could send a message to teachers about what they could do to support young people, what would you say?

    I don’t think I could possibly say anything that teachers haven’t heard already; they’re right in the center of this ego eco system. In the end it’s up to the individual teacher, and if they don’t think that bullying is an issue, then it won’t be managed as one. That being said, I am so grateful for the teachers that do go the extra mile to protect their students. You’re the ones that keep our heads above the water.

    Do you think young people can make a difference in the world? How?

    Of course we can, we are the difference in the world. We are the future; we are literally the next string of adults, it’s a crazy thought! The future is ours, and our kids and our kid's kids. It's about being aware and doing something, anything to make a difference any way we can. For bullying — that's easy, just be kind, it’s that simple. There are so many other issues. We need to recycle, plant trees, sign our organ donor cards. 

    What’s next for you?

    Screen_shot_2013-10-27_at_9.54.35_pmI’m currently in my last year of high school. Since grade twelve started this September, I’ve gotten myself a part-time job, a license and a car, a whole bunch of new responsibilities. I’m working on a college portfolio too which is super exciting! I'm hoping to get into media and graphic design (I’m pretty sure) but I’d love to continue photography and/or videography, and of course, continue making music. I hope 2014 is good to everyone.

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    These are creative submissions by students in Ontario, expressing their perspectives on diversity, equity, justice and belonging.
     
    OTF and COPA would like to thank the students who shared their feelings and experiences with us so that schools can become safe, strong, and free. Their courage and creativity is greatly appreciated.
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    These are creative submissions by students in Ontario, expressing their perspectives on diversity, equity, justice and belonging. 
     
    OTF and COPA would like to thank the students who shared their feelings and experiences with us so that schools can become safe, strong, and free. Their courage and creativity is greatly appreciated.
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    These are creative submissions by students in Ontario, expressing their perspectives on diversity, equity, justice and belonging. 
     
    OTF and COPA would like to thank the students who shared their feelings and experiences with us so that schools can become safe, strong, and free. Their courage and creativity is greatly appreciated.
  • 09_anonymous
    These are creative submissions by students in Ontario, expressing their perspectives on diversity, equity, justice and belonging. 
     
    OTF and COPA would like to thank the students who shared their feelings and experiences with us so that schools can become safe, strong, and free. Their courage and creativity is greatly appreciated.
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    These are creative submissions by students in Ontario, expressing their perspectives on diversity, equity, justice and belonging. 
     
    OTF and COPA would like to thank the students who shared their feelings and experiences with us so that schools can become safe, strong, and free. Their courage and creativity is greatly appreciated.
  • 05_anonymous
    These are creative submissions by students in Ontario, expressing their perspectives on diversity, equity, justice and belonging. 
     
    OTF and COPA would like to thank the students who shared their feelings and experiences with us so that schools can become safe, strong, and free. Their courage and creativity is greatly appreciated.
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    These are creative submissions by students in Ontario, expressing their perspectives on diversity, equity, justice and belonging. 
     
    OTF and COPA would like to thank the students who shared their feelings and experiences with us so that schools can become safe, strong, and free. Their courage and creativity is greatly appreciated.
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    These are creative submissions by students in Ontario, expressing their perspectives on diversity, equity, justice and belonging. 
     
    OTF and COPA would like to thank the students who shared their feelings and experiences with us so that schools can become safe, strong, and free. Their courage and creativity is greatly appreciated.
  • 04_anonymous
    These are creative submissions by students in Ontario, expressing their perspectives on diversity, equity, justice and belonging. 
     
    OTF and COPA would like to thank the students who shared their feelings and experiences with us so that schools can become safe, strong, and free. Their courage and creativity is greatly appreciated.
  • 03_anonymous
    These are creative submissions by students in Ontario, expressing their perspectives on diversity, equity, justice and belonging. 
     
    OTF and COPA would like to thank the students who shared their feelings and experiences with us so that schools can become safe, strong, and free. Their courage and creativity is greatly appreciated.
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    These are creative submissions by students in Ontario, expressing their perspectives on diversity, equity, justice and belonging. 
     
    OTF and COPA would like to thank the students who shared their feelings and experiences with us so that schools can become safe, strong, and free. Their courage and creativity is greatly appreciated.
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    These are creative submissions by students in Ontario, expressing their perspectives on diversity, equity, justice and belonging. 
     
    OTF and COPA would like to thank the students who shared their feelings and experiences with us so that schools can become safe, strong, and free. Their courage and creativity is greatly appreciated.
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  • Children's viewpoints and adults memories of what it was like to be bullied and how it affects them now form the basis of this unscripted, moving testimonial to the importance of preventing bullying.

  • Older youth and adults with professional expertise share experiences and perspectives on the importance of fostering healthy and equitable learning environments.

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    Several students decided to “Come Together” to focus on creating a book that students, teachers and parents can use both inside and outside the classroom. Their project was to create and develop a book that addresses the three main pillars of the HWDSB – engagement, achievement, and equity. Using different mediums such as comic strips, poetry, stories, articles and interviews, they explored what each of these pillars mean and what they look like in our schools. Every student and teacher at Memorial Stoney Creek received a copy, as well as every principal in the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. This is a series of exerpts from their book 'Come Together'. 
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    Several students decided to “Come Together” to focus on creating a book that students, teachers and parents can use both inside and outside the classroom. Their project was to create and develop a book that addresses the three main pillars of the HWDSB – engagement, achievement, and equity. Using different mediums such as comic strips, poetry, stories, articles and interviews, they explored what each of these pillars mean and what they look like in our schools. Every student and teacher at Memorial Stoney Creek received a copy, as well as every principal in the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. This is a series of exerpts from their book 'Come Together'. 
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    Several students decided to “Come Together” to focus on creating a book that students, teachers and parents can use both inside and outside the classroom. Their project was to create and develop a book that addresses the three main pillars of the HWDSB – engagement, achievement, and equity. Using different mediums such as comic strips, poetry, stories, articles and interviews, they explored what each of these pillars mean and what they look like in our schools. Every student and teacher at Memorial Stoney Creek received a copy, as well as every principal in the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. This is a series of exerpts from their book 'Come Together'. 
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    Several students decided to “Come Together” to focus on creating a book that students, teachers and parents can use both inside and outside the classroom. Their project was to create and develop a book that addresses the three main pillars of the HWDSB – engagement, achievement, and equity. Using different mediums such as comic strips, poetry, stories, articles and interviews, they explored what each of these pillars mean and what they look like in our schools. Every student and teacher at Memorial Stoney Creek received a copy, as well as every principal in the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. This is a series of exerpts from their book 'Come Together'. 
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    Several students decided to “Come Together” to focus on creating a book that students, teachers and parents can use both inside and outside the classroom. Their project was to create and develop a book that addresses the three main pillars of the HWDSB – engagement, achievement, and equity. Using different mediums such as comic strips, poetry, stories, articles and interviews, they explored what each of these pillars mean and what they look like in our schools. Every student and teacher at Memorial Stoney Creek received a copy, as well as every principal in the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. This is a series of exerpts from their book 'Come Together'. 
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    "This project consisted of the founding of a new group at the school, the Social Awareness Committee. An open discussion forum was held to talk about potential changes in the school and how they would implement them. Issues discussed included racism, sexism and homophobia.
     
    This is the new Social Awareness Committee logo and motto that was printed on t-shirts."
     
    - Harrow District High School
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    "This project consisted of the founding of a new group at the school, the Social Awareness Committee. An open discussion forum was held to talk about potential changes in the school and how they would implement them. Issues discussed included racism, sexism and homophobia. 
     
    Here are two t-shirt examples of  the new Social Awareness Committee logo and motto."
     
    - Harrow District Highschool
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    "Our project is an interdisciplinary performance art piece that we produced as a film. Combining student photography, art, drama and dance our piece explores students’ feelings of isolation, being misunderstood and prejudged within the educational system. The title I’m not a Freak captures the frustration some students feel when they are not seen, heard or validated within the educational system."
     
    - Oasis Alternative Arts
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    "Our project is an interdisciplinary performance art piece that we produced as a film. Combining student photography, art, drama and dance our piece explores students’ feelings of isolation, being misunderstood and prejudged within the educational system. The title I’m not a Freak captures the frustration some students feel when they are not seen, heard or validated within the educational system."
     
    - Oasis Alternative Arts
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    "Our project is an interdisciplinary performance art piece that we produced as a film. Combining student photography, art, drama and dance our piece explores students’ feelings of isolation, being misunderstood and prejudged within the educational system. The title I’m not a Freak captures the frustration some students feel when they are not seen, heard or validated within the educational system."
     
    - Oasis Alternative Arts
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    "Our project is an interdisciplinary performance art piece that we produced as a film. Combining student photography, art, drama and dance our piece explores students’ feelings of isolation, being misunderstood and prejudged within the educational system. The title I’m not a Freak captures the frustration some students feel when they are not seen, heard or validated within the educational system."
     
    - Oasis Alternative Arts
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    "Our project is an interdisciplinary performance art piece that we produced as a film. Combining student photography, art, drama and dance our piece explores students’ feelings of isolation, being misunderstood and prejudged within the educational system. The title I’m not a Freak captures the frustration some students feel when they are not seen, heard or validated within the educational system."
     
    - Oasis Alternative Arts
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    "Our project is an interdisciplinary performance art piece that we produced as a film. Combining student photography, art, drama and dance our piece explores students’ feelings of isolation, being misunderstood and prejudged within the educational system. The title I’m not a Freak captures the frustration some students feel when they are not seen, heard or validated within the educational system."
     
    - Oasis Alternative Arts
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    "Our project is an interdisciplinary performance art piece that we produced as a film. Combining student photography, art, drama and dance our piece explores students’ feelings of isolation, being misunderstood and prejudged within the educational system. The title I’m not a Freak captures the frustration some students feel when they are not seen, heard or validated within the educational system."
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    "Our project is an interdisciplinary performance art piece that we produced as a film. Combining student photography, art, drama and dance our piece explores students’ feelings of isolation, being misunderstood and prejudged within the educational system. The title I’m not a Freak captures the frustration some students feel when they are not seen, heard or validated within the educational system."
     
    - Oasis Alternative Arts
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    "Our project is an interdisciplinary performance art piece that we produced as a film. Combining student photography, art, drama and dance our piece explores students’ feelings of isolation, being misunderstood and prejudged within the educational system. The title I’m not a Freak captures the frustration some students feel when they are not seen, heard or validated within the educational system."
     
    - Oasis Alternative Arts
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    "Our project is an interdisciplinary performance art piece that we produced as a film. Combining student photography, art, drama and dance our piece explores students’ feelings of isolation, being misunderstood and prejudged within the educational system. The title I’m not a Freak captures the frustration some students feel when they are not seen, heard or validated within the educational system."
     
    - Oasis Alternative Arts
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    "Our project is an interdisciplinary performance art piece that we produced as a film. Combining student photography, art, drama and dance our piece explores students’ feelings of isolation, being misunderstood and prejudged within the educational system. The title I’m not a Freak captures the frustration some students feel when they are not seen, heard or validated within the educational system."

    - Oasis Alternative Arts
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    "Our project is an interdisciplinary performance art piece that we produced as a film. Combining student photography, art, drama and dance our piece explores students’ feelings of isolation, being misunderstood and prejudged within the educational system. The title I’m not a Freak captures the frustration some students feel when they are not seen, heard or validated within the educational system."
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    "Our project is an interdisciplinary performance art piece that we produced as a film. Combining student photography, art, drama and dance our piece explores students’ feelings of isolation, being misunderstood and prejudged within the educational system. The title I’m not a Freak captures the frustration some students feel when they are not seen, heard or validated within the educational system."
     
    - Oasis Alternative Arts
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    "Our project is an interdisciplinary performance art piece that we produced as a film. Combining student photography, art, drama and dance our piece explores students’ feelings of isolation, being misunderstood and prejudged within the educational system. The title I’m not a Freak captures the frustration some students feel when they are not seen, heard or validated within the educational system."
     
    - Oasis Alternative Arts
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    Students at St. Peter's Highschool from the Knight Lights group and a Religion class worked feverishly to write positive messages and to stick them on every locker.
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    Students at St. Peter's Highschool from the Knight Lights group and a Religion class worked feverishly to write positive messages and to stick them on every locker.
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    Students at St. Peter's Highschool from the Knight Lights group and a Religion class worked feverishly to write positive messages and to stick them on every locker.
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    Knight Lights member Neil Schonert cutting laminated links for their chain of kindness.
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    Project leaders demonstrate how to make skateboards and talk about how they got started with Heels on Wheels. 
     
    "We applied for the grant for $1000 which we got to speak out about female empowerment through skateboarding.  Carly’s spontaneous rhyming schemes found us our name.  We wanted to prove the stereotype wrong, that skateboarding like most sports is considered a male activity.  We want to show that women are just as good, just as equal as men when it comes to skateboarding.
     
    The project was to take the grant to talk to younger girls about the issues and stereotypes they are experiencing at their age.  And how to keep a clear open mind, and think for themselves.  What we did was that we went to Cityview Alternative Public School to talk about these issues and work with grade seven and eight girls.  We put together a three hour workshop with a power point.  We looked at the media around gender and sports and broke down some of the discrimination.  Women are always portrayed as struggling and weak and they are always referred to by their first names, which points to them being weaker, whereas men are always talked about using their family names, showing their strength.  We also looked at skateboard ads which used naked women to sell the boards.  We asked the girls what they thought the ad was for and most had no idea.  We also made buttons and stickers with them to show them ways they could promote themselves outside of school.  The girls also had to put together a skateboard design proposal so we could choose the three girls who would get a chance to design a skateboard with us.
     
    The second half of our project is to design a longboard each.  The grant allowed us to get all the materials we needed for our project and to promote it.  We are doing a series of pin-ups with weird animal heads.  We are using strong powerful animals to show that women are more than just a pretty face.  The finished boards will be displayed in the Oasis Skateboard art show at Harbourfront on February 19th and 20th.
     
    We’d like to continue doing the workshops and seminars in the future.  We’ve already been asked to go to another school and do a workshop with them.  Another idea for the future might be taking girls skateboarding at some of the skateboard parks."
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    Hi, I’m Faline.  I came to this school hoping to graduate finally.  It wasn’t going so well at my old school.  I found this school through a friend and it wasn’t that I didn’t like school I just never found an interest in what they had to offer until I found the Skateboard Factory.  It sounded like a really cool school that I could be successful in….mwahaha! I couldn’t believe I actually found somewhere that excites me and I actually want to get out of bed. I am Faline, I like Tokyo, I like ice cream, I like eating ice cream in Tokyo and Oasis Skateboard Factory rocks my socks.
     
    Yo, I’m Naomi. I came to Oasis not knowing what I’d find. But I ended up finding more than I could possibly imagine. This school has opened up opportunities and got me back on track. I heard about the school from a friend who was a former student of the program and he said it would be a great fit for me because I used to skateboard. Skateboarding was a big part of my life when I was in grade seven and eight which was when I started to have troubles with school and the school system. So the fact that I get to study and work on something I have a connection with, and get credits and money all at the same time, is just pure perfection. It’s music to my ears.
     
    Hi, I’m Carly.  I like Oasis Skateboard Factory because it has made me realize what I want to do for the rest of my life.  Before I came to the Skateboard Factory I didn’t know what I wanted to do.  I like skateboarding, but in the future I’d like to have my own screen printing business.  I also want to make my own comic and action figures and I’d really like to get into making my own movies.  I want to be able to send out subliminal messages in all my stuff, about how I feel about things. 
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    "Our project is an interdisciplinary performance art piece that we produced as a film. Combining student photography, art, drama and dance our piece explores students’ feelings of isolation, being misunderstood and prejudged within the educational system. The title I’m not a Freak captures the frustration some students feel when they are not seen, heard or validated within the educational system."
     
    - Oasis Alternative Arts
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    "Our project is an interdisciplinary performance art piece that we produced as a film. Combining student photography, art, drama and dance our piece explores students’ feelings of isolation, being misunderstood and prejudged within the educational system. The title I’m not a Freak captures the frustration some students feel when they are not seen, heard or validated within the educational system."
     
    - Oasis Alternative Arts
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    "Our project is an interdisciplinary performance art piece that we produced as a film. Combining student photography, art, drama and dance our piece explores students’ feelings of isolation, being misunderstood and prejudged within the educational system. The title I’m not a Freak captures the frustration some students feel when they are not seen, heard or validated within the educational system."
     
    - Oasis Alternative Arts
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    "Our project is an interdisciplinary performance art piece that we produced as a film. Combining student photography, art, drama and dance our piece explores students’ feelings of isolation, being misunderstood and prejudged within the educational system. The title I’m not a Freak captures the frustration some students feel when they are not seen, heard or validated within the educational system."
     
    - Oasis Alternative Arts
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    "Our project is an interdisciplinary performance art piece that we produced as a film. Combining student photography, art, drama and dance our piece explores students’ feelings of isolation, being misunderstood and prejudged within the educational system. The title I’m not a Freak captures the frustration some students feel when they are not seen, heard or validated within the educational system."
     
    - Oasis Alternative Arts
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    This fun little web application uses Google's translation software to show us just how easy it is for meaning to get lost in translation. Just type in a sentence and watch your words get twisted as they are translated into every language on the Internet and then back into the language you started with. We bet the results will surprise you.

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  • To This Day is a project based on a spoken word poem written by Shane Koyczan (shanekoyczan.com) called “To This Day”, to further explore the profound and lasting impact that bullying can have on an individual.

    Schools and families are in desperate need of proper tools to confront this problem. We can give them a starting point... A message that will have a far reaching and long lasting effect in confronting bullying.

    Animators and motion artists brought their unique styles to 20 second segments that will thread into one fluid voice. This collaborative volunteer effort demonstrates what a community of caring individuals are capable of when they come together.

    tothisdayproject.com