youth arts against violence


"While violence and war constitute threats to our very existence, the arts express the joy of life itself."   Daisaku Ikeda, President, Soka Gakkai International


"The task of art is enormous…Art should cause violence to be set aside. And it is only art that can accomplish this." Leo Tolstoy


The Youth Arts Against Violence project is designed to increase youths’ self-esteem and self-confidence, and to highlight the positive aspects of youth to the broader community. It provides an opportunity for young people to use the unique and intrinsic qualities of artistic expression as a way to constructively deal with issues of violence in their lives and in the community. 

This youth engagement initiative is a youth-led network that encourages young persons in Peel Region to use artistic expression as a means of promoting non-violence. The project enables youth to become leaders in their communities in initiating cultural and artistic activities related to anti-violence themes, and in doing so, mobilize other youth to unite in becoming proponents of non-violence.


Collaborative Members - This project is being collaboratively run by the following youth serving agencies in Peel Region:

Rapport Youth & Family Services (Lead Organization)

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel

Our Place Peel

YMCA - Peel Youth Village

Program Features - Key activities of the project are:

Each year 20 youth are provided with an opportunity to participate in ongoing leadership training activities.

Each year, at least 250 youth will participate in the project's activities related to the promotion of non-violence through the arts.

Youth leaders will engage at least 1,000 peers in non-violence awareness activities.

A website will be developed and maintained by youth leaders throughout the project's duration.

Community artists will be engaged to provide workshops and training sessions for youth in various techniques related to a number of artistic mediums.

An annual Youth Arts Festival will be held showcasing youth audio, visual, and performance art created through the project's activities.

Funding for this project is generously provided by: