Let’s Art it Out

Author // Nabeel Syed

Let’s Art it Out

This post is a part of a series that highlights the 2016/2017 recipients of the Youth in Action (YIA) grants.

On February 5, 2017 we met with Jaslin, the sole founder of Art it Out to discuss her motivation for the project, the project itself, and its first event.

About the Founder
Jaslin Bhangoo is in her final year of the fine arts program at McMaster. She shared that growing up her parents enabled her to pursue her passion - something she feels to be quite different than many parents in the South Asian community. She is thankful that her parents never pressured her to pursue careers in areas like medicine and engineering, and always supported her creative passions.

As such, she hopes to help kids unlock their creative talents and passions through her workshops. Jaslin will be heading to Scotland next year for a graduate program in Product Design.

Overview of project

jaslin 1The project will provide youth between the ages of 10-18 a chance to learn art techniques such as painting, drawing, sculpting, and etc. It provides youth an opportunity to experience art outside of their academic and personal lives, possibly unleashing hidden artistic abilities. The overall project consists of 3 workshops, each 3 hours long, once a month starting in February. The first workshop focuses on drawing, the second on painting, the third on sculpting. After the workshops are done, we will showcase the work done by the students in an art exhibit that will be held in May.

Why do you think this project was needed?

Being an individual who was fortunate enough to pursue my passion for fine art for my post secondary education, I believe it is crucial that other youth understand the options that are available to them after they complete their high school education. Many times, due to cultural norms and expectations, youth feel the need to pursue education in prominent fields such as law, sciences, business or social science. The field of arts is many times overlooked or moreover, many individuals are not even aware they are artistically talented and as a result, they never pursue it.

What will be happening at today’s workshop?

Today’s workshop will focus on drawing. The goal is to teach basic techniques to the students that serve as the foundation for drawing. We have a number of objects and students will be instructed on how to sketch them. The first half of the class will be a lesson, followed by the second half which will be application of the skills learned.

Thoughts on working with United Way Peel?

I’m very excited. I am looking forward to meeting new people and building connections. I am also looking forward to attending events organized by other YIA grant recipients.

About the Youth in Action Grants

Youth in Action Grants are a one-time grant opportunity focused on youth-led projects that
offer creative youth-initiated ideas to address community issues in Peel Region. Youth and/or groups of youth between the ages of 14 and 24 are eligible to apply for this grant. Requests can be made for up to $2,000 per project.

In 2016, $15,000 was funded by United Way of Peel Region and distributed to 10 youth-led projects through this granting opportunity.

The grants were developed in 2009 by United Way's Young Leaders Council, a group of volunteers aged 20 to 35 who are committed to creating a legacy of volunteerism and spirited giving within Peel Region.


About the Author

Nabeel Syed

Nabeel Syed

Nabeel Syed is the Communications and Design Executive for the Young Leaders Council of United Way Peel. He also serves as a mentor for Youth In Action Grant Winners. When not volunteering with United Way to alleviate poverty, Nabeel is an Educator for Data Analytics and a Technology Consultant.

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