Programming for Inner City Youth - Studio 101

Studio 101 is an ECCS program dedicated to supporting diverse and engaging artistic experiences for Vancouver’s inner city youth.

Many Eastside schools are designated as inner-city and have limited exposure to professional artists and arts experiences beyond the classroom. Studio 101 brings school children into participating Eastside Culture Crawl artist studio spaces for free, hands on workshops. For many participants, it is their first time connecting with professional artists. The program provides students insights into the various phases of the creative process, while promoting creative confidence and fostering an appreciation of the visual arts.

In 2019, Britannia Elementary, Seymour Elementary and X'Pey Elementary students from grades 4–7 will visit Eastside Crawl artist studios to create photographic works, textile arts and mixed media items. Students from Strathcona Elementary will also participate in animation workshops in collaboration with Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society, an artist-run production and exhibition centre that supports independent filmmakers and media artists. All students are also given a guided tour of the Vancouver Art Gallery to enrich their understnading of, and exposure to, the visual arts.

Studio 101 is coordinated by Matthew Holmstrom, Grace Lee & Erin Frizzell.

The program was conceived in 2007 by long-time Crawl artists Mira Malatestinic, Richard Tetrault and Kathryn Youngs, and is proudly supported by the ECCS, Opus Art Supplies, Vancouver Art Gallery, Meghan Ellis, Ruth Scheuing, Cineworks and Sappho New Paradigm.