RE-create is a drop-in art studio for youth artists in Hamilton’s core, offering free arts programming to youth who might not otherwise have access to such opportunities.
RE-create Outreach Art Studio
RE-create welcomes youth artists who identify as experiencing marginalization and barriers in their day to day life, whether that is weathering the storms of mental health issues, living independently at a young age, or experiencing precarious housing or income. RE-create’s studio space, which is shared with a number of other youth-serving arts organizations, is a safe and accepting place for youth to come and discover their creative, expressive side through the arts.
Our space and our programming are a blank canvas for youth to fill, with a variety of art supplies and programs available to youth artists, as well as the freedom for youth artists to lead workshops and teach their peers. Artistic growth and learning in studio is supported by a team of caring and talented volunteers who are also artists themselves. Our drop-in studio times (listed below) are the beating heart of RE-create, but there are lots of other opportunities to participate in extra programming. We have a Mentorship Program that connects youth artists with mentors, as well as more focused, specific programs that explore the intersection of modalities like writing, mindfulness, or identity with the arts. Drop by studio time to learn more about these programs, which are always changing!
The Recreate studio space is located at the Gasworks: 141 Park Street North.
The studio is open during these times:
Tuesday 7 pm – 9 pm
Wednesday 1 pm – 3 pm
Thursday 4 pm-6 pm
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, RE-create can only accommodate a maximum of 10 youth per studio time. All youth will be requested to wear a mask and sanitize hands upon entry.
A RE-create mentorship program for youth artists ages 16 -24.
Having a mentor helps youth artists consider their creative lives as a whole: mentors enable youth to make decisions about their art making, health, employment, education and community in a way that empowers them to move towards their creative goals.
If you are interested in learning more about the Mentorship Program, contact Megarrah.
Recreate has become a second home, a place I look forward to going too, and a place I’ve grown in such a short period of time.
I haven’t left my house in months. It just feels good to be around people and to get a chance to talk to people, you don’t know what a big deal this is for me.
Betty Brouwer, RE-create Artistic Director
Megarrah Buxton, RE-create Studio Coordinator