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The Adobe Youth Voices program empowers youth in underserved communities around the globe to communicate their ideas, exhibit their potential, and take action. In collaboration with Adobe Youth Voices, TakingITGlobal is delivering this innovative program for youth to engage in hands on media production and share their perspectives on the social issues that affect them.



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Moments of Inclusion at DEEP 2014

On October 16th 2014, TakingITGlobal and AYV had the opportunity to host our Moments of Inclusion Exhibition as part of the Ontario College of Art and Design's DEEP 2014 Conference. The objective of  DEEP 2014: Designing Enabling Economies and Policies Conference, was to engage in tangible in-depth discussions about implementation strategies for digital inclusion of persons with disabilities.

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Art pieces on display included works from TakingITGlobal's Moments of Inclusion Global Gallery Collection. Pieces for this collection were submitted by youth from around the Globe to be part of and exhibited at a Symposium on Overcoming Isolation and Deepening Social Connectedness. In addition to the Moments of Inclusion artwork, the OCAD exhibition also included a number of pieces from the 2013-2014 AYV Collection. Trying to stay on theme our AYV art pieces focused on the concept of experience of inclusion or exclusion. 

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Attendees at the conference and exhibition included persons with disabilities advocates, United Nations affiliated organizations, service providers, experts and academics. During the reception, I had the opportunity of addressing the attendees and saying a few words about TakingITGlobal, AYV and the Moments of Inclusion Exhibition. Participants were extremely interested in learning  more about the art pieces and the stories behind the Moments of Inclusion Collection. 

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A big thank you to DEEP 2014 and OCAD for inviting us to share our pieces and take part in this important conference. 


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Youth Assembly at the United Nations 2014

On August 7th 2014, TakingITGlobal’s AYV Team had the opportunity to attend the Youth Assembly at the United Nations and exhibit our 2014 AYV Collection.  Hosted by the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, the Youth Assembly at the UN brings together youth from around the world to work together and become active participants in the success of the UN Millennium Development Goals. 

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Hosted at the United Nations in New York City, youth delegates had the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussion, sparked by the content of the 20 media pieces that we showcased.  It was truly inspiring to see the youth delegate’s interest in the art pieces and to hear their interpretations of the various images.  

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In addition to sharing the media pieces with youth delegates, we had the unique opportunity to exhibit our artworks to official UN delegates. The delegates were extremely impressed with the artworks and many commented on the importance of programs such as TakingITGlobal and Adobe Youth Voices. 

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Following our exhibition, we were invited to set up our art pieces in the main assembly room were youth delegates were attending a session entitled: Travel + Social Good Present: When Travel Makes Good- A Conversation with Agents of Changes.  Speakers of this session included: Gilad Goren, Founder, Only Six Degrees; Kate Otto, Global Health Consultant; Taylor Conroy, Founder, Change Heroes.
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We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation for allowing us to host an exhibition at the Youth Assembly and for giving us the opportunity to share our AYV pieces with this passionate group of youth from around the world. 


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Voices of LOVE

In August 2014, I had the great privilege of attending Leave Out Violence (LOVE) New York's Summer Showcase. Hosted by the youth of LOVE's Summer Media Program, the showcase brought together family and friends to share in celebrating the youth and their hard work. 

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Photo Essays and paintings were displayed throughout the room and the audience had some time to walk around and enjoy the displays. The showcase also included a screening of one of LOVE's AYV films and a poetry reading by a number of the program’s youth. The film as well as the poetry was extremely personal and moving. The audience was mesmerized by the powerful words shared by the youth. 

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Audience members had an opportunity to take part in the evening's events when the youth facilitated an audience participation activity. Audience members were asked to stand in the center of the room and move either to the right or left based on their agreement or disagreement of a particular statement. Statements included: 'I feel safe walking down my neighborhood'; 'The color of my skin directly defines my success in life'; 'I like it when people comment on my appearance'. The exercise was extremely eye opening and thought provoking but at the same time united the audience in a powerful way. 

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It is always such an exciting opportunity for the AYV team to be able to attend our partner's exhibitions. I was so honored to be able to meet the youth that take part in the AYV program, listen to their stories and share in their success. I big thank you goes out to LOVE New York's AYV educators, Erica Reade and Caryn Moore. Congratulations on a wonderful Summer Showcase! 


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Youth Day 2014

On July 20th 2014 and for the second year in a raw, the AYV team at TakingITGlobal had the opportunity to exhibit some of our media pieces at the Youth Day summer festival. Youth Day is a non-profit summer festival that has been held in Toronto for the last 8 years! This year, the festival featured over 100 live music and dance perfromances on 2 non-stop stages over 12 hours; mostly by young people aged 14 to 29 years old. The event also included live fashion shows and an art gallery.

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The AYV pieces were displayed as part of the Art gallery which included pieces of numerous young artists from Toronto. This event has attracted more than 100,000 visitors since it's inception in 2007, This meant that our pieces and the great work that our partners have been doing with AYV recieved great exposure from the local community in Toronto! 

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We are very proud of the pieces that we exhibited and of our young artists who created these pieces. The messages and the inspiration behind eac piece connected with most of the visitors. 

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Art Fusion Festival

On the 22nd of June 2014, the AYV team at TakingITGlobal had an opportunity to exhibit some of the work that was produced by our amazing youth in the Art Fusion Festival that was held at Evergreen Brickworks in Toronot. This non-profit community art festival is held each year in Toronto and it includes numerous live preformances and live paintings from local artists in Toronto and it attracts nearly 3,000 visitors!

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The AYV team displayed 20 of the amazing work that was produced in the 2013 - 2014 cycle by youth from our different partner sites. The visitors of the exhibition were impressed by the quality of the media pieces and everyone commented on the important messages that were shared by these amazing young people. In fact, a lot of the young people that viewed these pieces shared the sentiments of the artists and their pieces.It confirms that youth around the world share the same dreams, hopes, and ambitions!

In addition to our great exhibit, our Executive Director: Jennifer Corriero had a live session where she painted one piece as the exhibition went on! 

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It was a great opportunity for the AYV team to go out and get the word out about the AYV program and the work that our network of partners do.  We are very proud of the artists that were featured in our first exhibition of the year and we sent huge Kudos to everyone who made this possible! 

We look forward to going again next year!

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