Victoria's Youth Art exhibit
The CISV Youth Art exhibit was a community event that took place
in Victoria, British Columbia. Youth from CISV and several community
organizations submitted their art work on the theme of Sustaining Peace. The
art was then be displayed over the course an evening alongside short
descriptions about how the art work reflected the theme.
This event was open to the public, but the emphasis was put on
inviting friends and family of the youth artists and partner
organizations. The event started with a short seated segment that
allowed representatives from the partner organizations to speak about
their experiences regarding the theme, as well as about their
organizations and programs. The rest of the evening was unstructured,
allowing participants to view the art, visit the tables of partner
organizations, and enjoy refreshments.
This project addressed Victoria’s need for more opportunities for
youth to work together in cross-cultural environments. It
also addressed the need for more opportunities for local community
organizations to interact, share skills and build partnerships. There
was also a need for more events in which youth could showcase their
artistic creativity and work.
Luckily, in Victoria, there is a lot of interest and support for
youth participating in visual arts. There is also a great deal of
interest in developing strong cross-cultural awareness in our city.
While there is great of interest in these issues, not many families are
aware of all the organizations that work in these fields in the
community. By bringing together CISV and community organizations,
families had the chance to learn about other organizations, and youth
had a chance to interact and learn from each other. By providing a theme
and an artistic space, not only were the youth given an opportunity to
showcase their work, but everyone was given a common goal and idea to
promote discussion and reflection.
It is our hope that we manage to maintain and strengthen the
partnerships that strated because of this event. Our chapter has
already begun brainstorming about how we can do this and we
will develop another Mosaic project in the new year! I would personally
love to see more opportunities for community organizations and CISV to
work together and to exchange ideas and skills. I imagine a future
Mosaic project in which many local organizations come together to
discuss issues that concern them, provide information about volunteering
and learning opportunities, raise CISV's profile within the non-profit
community and the rest of Victoria, and finally, build community.