Creative City News: Early Bird Deadline Extension

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Views from the Edge: Periphery, Perspective and the Contemporary City

2017 Creative City Summit Announcements

Announcing our Early-Bird deadline extension and the Youth Panel.

Early Bird Deadline Extension

We have extended the early-bird deadline until Tuesday, August 15th at 11:59pm PST. Registration is available exclusively on:

Save $100 on your registration by registering before the early bird deadline.
Why attend? 
Meeting your colleagues face to face is an essential part of networking, sharing ideas, connecting, and working together to build vital infrastructure for arts and cultural development in Canada.

Member 3+ Registration Package

If you are a CCNC member, and you are registering 3 or more delegates, the registration fee is only $525 each!

Contact the office at or at 604-688-2489.

Introducing the Youth Panel
Justice Art & Youth in Action

Moderator: El Jones

Panelists: Ann Denny, Rebecca Moore, Councillor Lindell Smith, Ryan Veltmeyer
Youth Art Connection was founded in 2012 by Ann Denny and Ryan Veltmeyer. From 2008-2012 they developed YAC’s  approach of engaging youth through facilitating various art-skills and leadership programs in Spryfield, Nova Scotia. Every YAC program is aimed at working with youth to create lasting positive change (personal and community-wide) through activating the power and appeal of various art forms, and the human passion that always accompanies quality art-making.

El Jones, Poet, Professor, Activist

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El Jones is a poet, professor and activist living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She was Halifax’s Municipal Poet from 2013-2015. She is the author of Live From the Afrikan Resistance! published in 2014 by Roseway, an imprint of Fernwood Publishing. In 2015, she was a resident at the International Writing Program at University of Iowa. Her work focuses on social justice issues such as feminism, prison abolition, anti-racism, and decolonization. Since 2016, she has co-hosted a radio show called Black Power Hour on CKDU-FM, an educational program that provides information on Black history and culture aimed at incarcerated people. Listeners from prisons call in to rap and read poetry that they have written, providing a voice to people who rarely get a wide audience. She has taught at Dalhousie University, Acadia University, Nova Scotia Community College, Saint Mary’s University and is the current Nancy’s Chair in Women’s Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University.


Ann Denny, Co-Founder, Youth Arts Connection

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Ann Denny is a vocalist, composer and social entrepreneur who co-founded Youth Art Connection (YAC) in 2012 with Ryan Veltmeyer in Halifax, Nova Scotia. YAC is an award-winning charity that helps a diversity of youth through the power of the arts. Recent projects include the new EMERGE youth-led all-ages festival and conference with Halifax Pop Explosion. In addition to work in Canada, Ann is now collaborating with organizations in Colorado to offer these youth empowerment ideas and practices in the States. Ann has spoken at the XPAND conference and the 2016 Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit in New Jersey. On a typical day, Ann can be found listening to the ideas of creative young people who face barriers in their lives and finding ways to make what they want happen!

Councillor Lindell Smith, Halifax Regional Municipality

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Lindell Smith is a lifelong resident of North End Halifax, and a proud father of a beautiful daughter. He has a proven commitment to working within his community and has dedicated himself to serving it. He is a co-founder of Center Line Studio, a non-profit recording studio for youth who want to express themselves through art and music.  In keeping with his concern for the whole community and its diverse needs, and in response to the rapid growth and changes within his neighbourhood, Lindell, along with other community leaders, started “The One North End Project”.  This group of community leaders from around HRM aims to ensure that all residents benefit from this rapid growth together by encouraging new hiring practices for local businesses and holding community engagement sessions. In November 2016, Lindell was elected as City Councillor for District 8 Halifax Peninsula North.

Ryan Veltmeyer, Co-Founder, Youth Arts Connection

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Ryan Veltmeyer is a professional musician and youth community developer. Before co-founding Youth Art Connection with Ann Denny in 2012, Ryan worked with the Halifax Public Libraries, the HeartWood Centre for Community Youth Development, Arts Express and other organizations to engage youth in leading in their lives and in their community. As Co-founder of Youth Art Connection, Ryan has been able to bring his two great passions together of art and community youth development. Always taking action and innovating to use the power of youth and the arts to address social and economic issues, Ryan has also spoken at various conference and events and participated in national and regional leadership programs including 21 Inc and the Banff Centre for the Arts’ ‘Getting to Maybe’ program for system entrepreneurs. Ryan believes that art, creative activism and the open-mindedness of youth is key to finding new solutions to complex problems.

Photos and Bios to come for:

Hanna Battiste, Jason Bruce, Kate MacDonald, Bria Miller, Rebecca Moore, Jeremy Nichole, Emma Paulson, Abena Tuffour, Corey Wright, The Magic Project, Brave Space Graphic Facilitation


*More information to come. Check the 2017 Summit page for additional information and complete panelist bios. 



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