Hi! This is Alicia! I generally don’t consider myself a very creative person, but here I am one of four volunteers on the new Creative Youth Council at the Steinbach Arts Council. How then did I get here? Well. During fall registration, I was signing up for Creative Cooking classes and was approached by Cindi, the director at SAC, to volunteer for a new initiative to get youth and young adults more involved at the Arts Centre. I said yes! We had a slow start but this past February it really took off. We decided on the name Creative Youth Council (CYC) because we will be working together with the Steinbach Arts Council to reach creative youth in Steinbach and area. The goal of the CYC is to bring together creative youth and young adults to share and grow as artists. To do this, we have created a core of enthusiastic and community-oriented individuals, whom I now also consider good friends.

The Creative Youth Council core consists of; me - I’ve been in SAC programs like dance and art as a child and now work at a local Credit Union; Lindsay Banman - student and Student Council member at the University of Manitoba; Jaylyn Loewen - student at the SRSS and finalist at this year’s Southeast Manitoba Piano competition; and Amanda Bordun - employee at GoldenWest Radio and contestant in Miss Universe Canada 2012. The funny thing about the core of CYC is that the four of us don’t consider ourselves too creative, but we all really enjoy leading and volunteering. We look forward to organizing events where youth and young adults can get together to paint or draw or just jam (term for having fun while making music!). I am also very excited about the upcoming Battle of the Bands concert on June 1st! Battle of the Bands is an emerging artist showdown which we are hosting together with GoldenWest Radio and Mix 96, to share the talent of local youth bands and musicians with the community. For more information or if you want to be involved in the CYC, please visit our Facebook page! http://www.facebook.com/CreativeYouthCouncil

Submitted by Alicia Loewen, Creative Youth Council member

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About the Steinbach Arts Council

The Steinbach Arts Council, an umbrella organization for performing and visual arts groups, enriches the lives of our community through development of local artists and musicians and exposure to professional art forms. The Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre is a home for all these groups and their programs. It’s purpose is to create an environment where all arts disciplines can work together under one roof and share their resources and their talents with each other, and the entire Arts Community!

For more info, visit steinbachartscouncil.ca.