Need Help Getting Started?

Iqaluit, Nunavut

If you've never been part of anything like NYAW before but want to get involved, fret not! It's much easier than you think, and we've got the tools to help.

Feeling hesitant?

Does the prospect of creating an event seem overwhelming? No worries! Here are some:

 

IDEAS AND TOOLKITS

 

Here are some tips to keep in mind during your journey of event creation: 

1) Don't bite off more than you can chew:

One bite at a time, of course! If the idea of planning an event seems overwhelming, just break it down into smaller tasks. Like anything, you'll realize how manageable it really is once you deconstruct it.

2) Bigger isn't better:

Keep in mind that NYAW is an event that simply wants to showcase the work of youth artists and organizers. If you are just one person who can get two of your friends together to present paintings, music, poetry, dance or whatever, that's great! If you are a small organization with a small event in mind, that's great too! The whole point of NYAW is to creatively engage and celebrate young Canadian artists. Become involved in your community by leading or participating in an event or be involved in one of the simultaneous events taking place across the country. Play music on Music Monday or dance on Sharing Dance on Sunday; if you participate, it's a win.

3) There's nothing to lose, but so much to gain:

You've heard it before and you'll hear it again: you have nothing to lose by trying. What's the worst that could happen? Your event turns out to be small? Like we've said, that's okay.  Either way, you'll gain experience in having organized an event, be able to say you were proactive in persuing your interest or cause, you'll have connected with others who share your interests and gain community support, and you will have participated with thousands of other Canadians in celebrating National Youth Arts Week. Not too shabby, eh?