Going into its seventh year, 'Out of the City' is a 5-day workshop that brings together a diverse group of new Canadian high school student population to experience a week of arts immersion in a rural Ontario setting. Working amongst an outdoor display of Zimbabwean stone sculpture of over thirty artists, each student is given a piece of volcanic rock from Zimbabwe that they will sculpt in the tradition of Shona sculptures, working under the summer sky and using only hand tools.
In addition to stone sculpting, students participate in an extended program of artistic mediums, all designed to foster communication and forge relationship between students. The camp takes place on a beautiful farmland in the small community of Westport, located 35 minutes north of kingston. Students are accommodated onsite, along with the facilitators and youth workers.
Each year we put together a world-class group of artist facilitators to lead the students in workshops that range from visual arts like screen-printing and printing, to language arts like spoken word poetry, and percussion arts like drums, marimba and dance.
Each workshop is designed to foster self-expression, empowerment, and confidence through artistic skills-apprehension and collaborative learning models. Our core values are hard work, personal and interpersonal responsibility, community-based learning, and introspection.
Each workshop day runs from 9.00 am - 4.30 pm. The project budgets full funding for each participant, and offers billeting to ensure accessibility to a truly diverse range of participants. Each participant gets to bring their stone sculpture home.