The Summer of Love at the Winter Garden
ArtsBrookfield has a history of supporting the arts at the Winter Garden Atrium and Brookfield Place, which have hosted ballets, concerts, and even a performance by the Big Apple Circus. This summer, a team of nineteen CAW Youth Apprentices and three Teaching Artists took up residence at the Winter Garden for a different sort of performance art. These young artists were commissioned to create four large canvasses for our long-standing supporter, RBC Capital Markets. They executed the paintings on the second-floor balcony overlooking the food court, where passersby were encouraged to ask questions and observe the paintings progress.
Anything But Boring
A focus group of RBC team members told our Youth Apprentices that they wanted art that would reflect RBC's core values of:
- diversity and inclusion
- accountability and integrity.
What they didn’t want was anything boring. Tenjin Ikeda, a member of the RBC focus group and a professional print-maker, challenged our Youth Apprentices to design something unexpected.
A Groovy Thing Going On
The Youth Apprentices took the advice of their RBC clients to heart and began brainstorming ideas. The team, which included a mix of veteran painters and first-timers, had great chemistry, which fostered both fast friendships and an openness to new ideas. They turned their workspace, a vacant storefront scheduled for renovations, into an artist studio and covered the walls with sketches, color comps, and Post-It notes. When inspiration flagged, they would recharge with twenty minutes of dancing before returning to work with renewed energy.
Youth Apprentice Gallery
Below is a small selection of the dizzying output of art by our Youth Apprentices which preceded and informed the final design.