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Wanted: Youth Participation at SPARC 2016

Are you a youth – between the age of 16 and 29? Or, do you know a young performing arts practitioner? Please pass this on and circulate widely!

When we started planning the 2014 Symposium for the Performing Arts in Rural Communities we knew that youth living in rural communities play an important role in making rural communities vibrant and resilient places where performing arts are alive. We felt that it was important for youth to have a significant presence in the event. We were delighted that 25% of our symposium delegates were youth from across the province who were engaged in the performing arts as creators, presenters, producers and community organizers.  See SPARC 2014 Youth Journey from Sticks and Stones Productions on Vimeo at

A recent funding announcement by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and Heritage Canada has made it possible for us to continue our efforts to build the SPARC Network and connect rural performing arts practitioners to develop supportive Network services.

In addition, we are able to cover the costs for youth (ages 16-29) who live, and are engaged in the performing arts in Ontario and beyond, to attend the 2016 symposium.

Hailburton, Ontario
October 27–30, 2016

Although every attempt will be made to assist as many youth as possible, we regret that the Scholarship Fund is limited, and we will not be able to meet all requests. We ask that you make every effort to seek outside funding support before applying to the SPARC Scholarship Fund and ask only for what you really need so that we can assist as many as possible. We reserve the right to offer partial scholarships or to propose alternative arrangements.

The SPARC Organizing Committee is committed to making the Symposium for Performing Arts in Rural Communities accessible to people from settings and communities with limited resources, including youth, volunteers and community-based creators, producers and presenters in the fields of dance, music, theatre and media arts. SPARC is eager to provide opportunities for participants to expand connections, share ideas and be inspired.

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Please consider delivering a workshop! Check out the Call for Proposals at