RCA Youth Arts Council

Follow this years Youth Arts Council on Instagram to stay up to date with their endeavors. @rcayouthartscouncil

The Rotary Centre for the Arts is seeking applications from creative and diverse youth from around Kelowna and West Kelowna to join our Youth Council. Designed for students ages 13 - 18 who are looking for both a creative outlet and an opportunity to help their community, the council will help shape youth presence in the Kelowna arts scene in 2024 and into the future. 
The council will meet at the RCA monthly to organize projects and events, brainstorm ideas for implementing youth programming, plan fundraisers, and hang out (snacks provided). Additional meetings may be required as the council approaches important deadlines.

What will teens do as a Youth Council member?

  •  Organize art-related events, programs, and projects in Kelowna. 
  • Meet new people and learn from leaders at the RCA and in the arts community.
  • Learn from mentors in the art community.
  • Share your ideas about RCA art class offerings, performances, and youth events -- have your voice heard!
  • Develop leadership and teamwork skills, which are integral to shaping your future communities. 
  • Gain volunteer hours and experiences you can add to your resume.

The RCA Youth Council will be youth-led, which means you will decide much of what you do over the course of the year. Some project examples include:

  • Host an open-mic poetry night
  • Compile and publish a collection of Kelowna-based youth writing 
  • Curate an art exhibit in one of our galleries
  • Plan a fashion show
  • Create a public outdoor art project or performance
  • Organize a fundraising activity to support future youth projects

Applications for RCA Youth Arts Council close on Aug 16, 2024.

For more questions, contact Kaylyn Hardstaff, Educational Programming Coordinator at the Rotary Centre for the Arts: email: [email protected]; phone: (250) 717-5304 ext. 114.

Youth Arts Council Application Form

RCA Youth Arts Council Member Emily Brolund, City of Kelowna's Arts & Culture Newsletter, June 2024

Each month, the City of Kelowna features a piece from a local creative youth who shares their words and art as part of their Creative Youth Perspective series.

"This past school year, I had the opportunity to help mentor the Rotary Centre for the Arts, Youth Arts Council (YAC). I was a member of this group last year, helping lead a 3-month-long exhibition titled Artists of Kelowna: Recognition and Presence, along with a matching Instagram interview project. 
While mentoring the YAC, I was able to take on a leadership role, which I enjoyed very much. I helped lead meetings and develop schedules and still actively participated in their project. We decided to hold an Art Market Fundraiser, which will be held on June 1. We collaborated with Upstream to fundraise for their project to bring mental health services into middle schools. 
I had so much fun mentoring this year, and I would highly recommend anyone between the ages of 13 and 17 (Grades 8 and 12) to apply to be on the 2024-2025 Youth Arts Council!"