Owari Kids announces partnership with The Hub Collective (St Vincent & The Grenadines) and Youth Art Connect (Canada) to develop our first collaborative Afro-centric Creative Workshop.
Owari Kids is overjoyed to announce our first global collaborative project with youth organisations The Hub Collective (St Vincent & The Grenadines) and Youth Art Connect (Nova Scotia, Canada). The Owari Kids Creative Workshop is a pilot project which aims to generate children's content based on African/Caribbean stories, lore and mythologies. Through virtual workshops led by our multi-disciplinary team, participants will co-create works that acknowledge the power of sharing personal stories informed by our history and culture while looking deeply at our connected identities.
Our core goal with this collaboration mirrors the mission and vision with our partners. They too, want to bring more dynamic content to the children, youth and public of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Canada with the hopes that we can reignite the power of our culture, storytelling and memories. With this partnership, The Hub Collective also solidifies our first collaboration with a non-profit youth organisation located on the African continent. Together with Youth Art Connection in Canada, we are working together to reframe blackness and identity while interrogating the global lack of cross-cultural exchange.
The three-week workshop, which started on November 20th, brings together six creative
youth from Canada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Ghana to gain a deeper understanding of each other and generate multimedia pieces for young children. The sessions involve collaborative research, ideation, rapid prototyping and testing with an audience.
Some of the creative outcomes and objectives for this pilot project include diversifying the world of kids content, building more profound and more nuanced cultural awareness, cross-continental links and relationships, and the creation of a marketable product that can be added to the participant's respective portfolios.
For an overview of the participants see here – We will be generating more in-depth bios of the team as the days go by.
All three organisations strongly believe that creative outputs have the power to rebuild a positive image of who we are and what we are capable of; not just for others to see but within ourselves. The critical place to start is with children and youth. We continue to be excited by the organic connections that are opening to us. Collaborating directly with Africa and the African diaspora will open new channels of intel, exchange and remembering to our Vincentian creative communities.
Aligning with sister/brother institutions globally to increase our youth's creative potential and development is essential to the growth and expansion of our philosophy. We believe that every creative act places a positive affirmation into the world, promoting conscious and lively change within the creator and their environment.