CAFKA is excited to announce the launch of a new Youth Council for Waterloo Region: the Young Contemporaries.

In this pilot program, fine art students from Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute and the University of Waterloo are working towards a collaborative and youth lead project for inclusion in CAFKA’s upcoming biennial exhibition of contemporary art in public spaces this summer.

Youth met for two planning sessions in February to begin brainstorming their collaborative project in response to this year's biennial theme, Stay With Me, and workshops led by artists from Waterloo Region have since been scheduled in response to their interests.

Workshop 1 was facilitated by photography artist Amber Lee Williams, who led the group in a Polaroid emulsion lift, focusing on irreversible transformation of nostalgic material and fueling discussions on memory, identity, and process work. In Workshop 2, students wrote and shared spontaneously written list poems responding to prompts concerning their everyday, facilitated by current AGO X RBC artist-in-residence, Lauren Prousky.

Stay tuned to see how the Young Contemporaries’ project takes shape in the lead-up to CAFKA’s biennial exhibition of contemporary art this summer! 

Contact us if you’d like to explore ways you or your business can support this new and exciting program.


Young Contemporaries is made possible by an initial investment by The Keith and Winifred Shantz Fund for the Arts held at Waterloo Region Community Foundation.