Hamil­ton projects land $152,900 in Tril­lium grants

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - TEVIAH MORO tmoro@thes­pec.com 905-526-3264 | @Te­vi­ahMoro

A bud­ding project that aims to help Hamil­ton youth build job skills through the arts has re­ceived $75,000 in seed money from the On­tario Tril­lium Foun­da­tion.

Burling­ton MPP Eleanor McMa­hon an­nounced the grant for Cen­tre (3) for Print and Me­dia Arts’ Shift project dur­ing a news con­fer­ence at the James Street North stu­dio Tues­day.

“Bravo, be­cause you’re re­ally giv­ing these young peo­ple an im­por­tant start in their lives,” McMa­hon said.

The Min­is­ter of Tourism, Cul­ture and Sport also an­nounced $77,900 in Tril­lium fund­ing for two Mis­sion Ser­vices projects.

One called HOSTS, which en­cour­ages low-in­come youth ages 1115 to pur­sue post-sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion, re­ceived $17,900.

An­other $60,000 went to­ward hir­ing a co­or­di­na­tor to help iso­lated peo­ple in com­mu­ni­ties vol­un­teer and con­nect with oth­ers.

Cen­tre (3)’s Shift project is in­spired by a project called Art­works, which aimed to help adults de­velop “soft skills” through art-based work­shops.

Shift takes a page from that pro­gram but adapts for younger job seek­ers, said Colina Maxwell, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor and co-founder of Cen­tre (3).

“We don’t know how to com­mu­ni­cate. We never learned that in school,” Maxwell said. “So we’re try­ing to use the arts to de­velop those soft skills.”

That in­cludes cre­ativ­ity, team­build­ing, con­flict res­o­lu­tion and lead­er­ship skills.

Molly Cray­ford, a grad­u­ate of a sim­i­lar Cen­tre (3) pro­gram, said she stepped out of her com­fort zone by tak­ing part in an im­prov class.

“I ben­e­fited. I en­joyed it,” said Cray­ford, 20.

The Hamil­ton grants are among 90 across On­tario worth $4.5 mil­lion, McMa­hon noted.

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