A four-part youth-focused program has been designed (subject to change). We anticipate that there will also be lots of opportunity for informal gatherings and networking for youth delegates throughout the Symposium. We also encourage youth in use of the use of smartphone technology to add texture and depth to their experience and to share it via social media with other Symposium participants, with their home communities, and indeed, with the larger world.

Thursday, 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Meet & Greet: Dinner, A Social Exchange – This will be an initial opportunity for young performing artists from across the province and country to connect and network with fellow SPARC youth participants. Participants will meet over dinner and then attend the Symposium’s evening welcoming reception and Open Stage performances.

Friday, 12:30 -2:00 pm

Open Forum & Lunch: This portion of the youth program will provide an open forum for young performing artists to express and exchange ideas and concerns. This is when we will ‘take a pulse’ of the challenges and advantages for rural youth involved in the performing arts. Participants will be encouraged to seek resolutions and creative problem solving inspirations during their attendance of the rest of SPARC’s programming.

Saturday, 11:15 am – 1:30 pm

Wintergreen – Mobile Workshop, Debrief & Inspirations: Youth have the option of travelling to the Wintergreen location to meet young performing arts professional Ryan Dawson. Ryan will explain his experiences as a youth in a rural community and share the history behind Wintergreen as a performing arts location. Participants will enjoy a catered lunch, and then continue their discussion to reach some consensus on how best to present the youth perspective to the full Symposium.

Sunday, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

After four days of learning, sharing, discussions, presentations and performances all SPARC participants will spend the last 90-minutes bringing it all together and laying the groundwork a network of creators, presenters, producers, and community animators involved in the performing arts in rural communities.

The Youth Caucus will present your perspectives to the assembly, using all resources and skills available to you, with a view to building a foundation for on-going youth engagement in the province-wide network, as it develops.