Youth Art Hive with Juvenis Festival

Saturday 1 May 2021
10–11:30 am

Facilitated by Harper Johnston and assisted by Maddison Andrews

Running with Juvenis Festival, this Youth Art Hive invites you to roll the dice and take your chances in this fun and lively group activity. Artmaking is inherently therapeutic so relax and enjoy the creative flow. Kingston’s youth-led, not-for-profit, Youth Arts Festival engages youth 30 and under throughout the Kingston community. The Juvenis Festival generates opportunities for local young artists to showcase their work, as well as educational programming that will allow them to further develop their skills in the arts.


Participants have the option to pick up kits containing:
Mixed media paper, Di, Markers, Paper, Black sharpie, Pencil, Eraser and a Printed PDF
Pickup is at the Spire (82 Sydenham street) Friday 30 April, 10 am–5 pm. If you would like a kit but cannot make this time, please email Kate at contact@bluecanoetheatrical.ca for alternative arrangements.

Participants who do not want an art kit are encouraged to find:
Markers, pens, pencil crayons or paint, 2 dice to roll, Paper, Pencil and eraser, Game PDF emailed to registered participants

This program is made possible through the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario and the Iva Speers Fund for Art Education.


Harper Johnston, BA, B.Ed, MFA, DTATI has over thirty years of experience working as an arts educator with adults, adolescents and children. She is a professional art therapist, a play therapy intern, and is currently completing the requisite hours to become a Registered Psychotherapist. Harper also worked in film for many years as a stills photographer and camera assistant. Her film work, primarily with the C.B.C. and the National Film Board, took her all over the world. Harper has received numerous arts council grants and her photography has been shown across the country. She also has work in the Canada Council’s Art Bank permanent collection. Harper is friendly and enthusiastic and is always happy when called upon to share her creative ideas and studio knowledge.

Maddison Andrews is a MA Candidate in Art History at Queen’s University (Class of 2021). Although Maddison was born in Calgary, she was raised overseas in South Korea, the Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Kingdom. Maddison received her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Art History with a Certificate in International Studies in June 2019. She is currently employed as a Receptionist at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre.

During an internship placement at Agnes, Maddison researched and developed wellness-related programs within the gallery, specifically Art Hive @Agnes. This successful program, which launched in January 2019, is a weekly drop-in program that encourages positive mental health practices through artmaking. Maddison has continued volunteering and working with Art Hive @Agnes, and during the COVID-19 pandemic, she helped transition the program online. These opportunities allowed Maddison to discover her interest in museum and gallery education, which she hopes to pursue after graduation.

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