The AMY Project is Artists Mentoring Youth

MISSION STATEMENT:

The AMY Project builds the leadership, confidence, and unique voice of young women and non-binary youth in Toronto and surrounding regions by providing them with performance training, connections to artistic mentors, experience working in a professional theatre, and support towards the early growth of their careers.

AMY understands that inequity in the performing arts industry is rooted in the inequitable systems that shape society: some young people have the privilege of private lessons, outings to the theatre, and regularly seeing people who look like them in starring roles on the screen and the stage; others do not. We aim to interrupt the inequities in performing arts industries by creating supportive, dynamic, and artistically excellent communities with women and non-binary people from a young age.

With the mentorship of professional artists, AMY participants learn to tell their stories with honesty, integrity, and artistic rigor. AMY’s programming is artistically and socially engaging for participants, lead artists, and audiences alike.

The AMY Project operates on four core VALUES:
INCLUSIVITY: All of AMY’s programs operate within an anti-oppression framework. We work to identify and eliminate boundaries to participation.
ARTISTIC EXCELLENCE: AMY has an illustrious roster of artists and strives for artistic excellence at each stage of the program
MENTORSHIP:  AMY is committed to integrating mentorship into all levels and divisions of the organization whenever possible
BUILDING COMMUNITY: AMY strives to create connections and strengthen networks: we connect youth to other youth, artists to the young people in their communities, and artists of divergent disciplines. Through gathering and storytelling AMY connects to a larger community.

MANDATE:

The AMY Project offers free performing arts training programs serving young women and non-binary youth. AMY breaks down barriers to participation by providing meals and transportation; accessible, queer and trans inclusive and anti-racist environments; one-on-one mentorship; and more.

AMY’s regular programming includes: Spring Theatre Creation Program, Summer Performance Intensive, eOne Film Training Program, Performance Poetry Program and the AMY Alumni Program. AMY creates and develops program in response to the artistic and social needs of our community and the greater Toronto community. AMY engages lead artists, program directors, and artistic mentors who come from similar backgrounds – artistically, culturally, and otherwise – as our participants.

AMY creates and delivers programming in partnership with individuals and organizations across the Greater Toronto Area, including arts organizations, community organizations, and individual community-minded professional artists, social workers, teachers, and others invested in AMY’s goals and work.

 

THE LAND WHERE WE LIVE & WORK:

The AMY Project’s activities take place in Tkaronto, on Treaty 13 Territory, which is also the site of the Dish With One Spoon Treaty. AMY is grateful to those who have cared for this land for generations: the Haudenosaunee, the Wendant, the Mississaugas of the New Credit, and many other Indigenous peoples and communities. AMY is committed to fostering artistic work that acknowledges and explores our relationships to the land, in creative communities that build and strengthen our relationships to each other.

 

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