MAY 25, 2014 - PMAA and YNC sections DELETED from SRRA.CA website

UPDATE: ON MAY 25TH, the youth logged on to the SRRA.CA Website to see that the Palisades Media Arts Academy and Youth ‘N’ Charge SECTIONS OF THE WEBSITE WERE DELETED… what a feeling to have something you loved so much be ERASED… as if it didn’t even matter that it ever existed at all……..


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UPDATE: ON MAY 21ST, a second email was sent to the ED of the SRRA, asking for dialogue and a meeting with the youth. We STILL have NO RESPONSE.

“Dear Ms. Payne

I am writing on behalf of the youth of the Palisades Media Arts Academy Program at Youth ‘N’ Charge Studio. As you know, the studio was closed on April 30th, and yet we are still unaware of the current situation regarding the studio. We conducted a rally in front of the studio on Friday May 9th to which we invited you through email, but unfortunately you were not able to make it. Did you manage to receive the email? Was there a reason you were not able to meet with us? This email is a follow up to the aforementioned and our aim is the same as before, we are simply seeking clarification and discourse in regards to the studio closure. As youth and participants of PMAA, the YNC studio and the PMAA program was something very dear to our hearts, it was an integral space from which we could create and be inspired free from any negative influences in a safe environment among friends. Some of us only found out via a sign posted on the studio door… we are at a loss as to what happened. We feel that our space was yanked away from us without any explanation as to the causes. All we wish to gain here is some insight into the matter and how we can become involved in efforts to revive the studio and its program. Help us as youth to understand the reasons a space that is supposed to be a part of a youth driven and youth-led initiative was taken from us without any notice, communication or opportunity to remedy the situation or furthermore what we can do as leaders of tomorrow to help get the studio up and running again in as little time as possible.

We hope that you will be able to help us in gaining further insight into the matter and help us in turn to get the studio up and running smoothly. I will be acting as a liaison for the group so if there is any correspondence on your behalf we kindly ask that you respond to or you can reach me directly at 647 439 8320 We thank you for your time and consideration in the matter.”

May 21, 2014 – The Torontoist publishes an article: “Artists Shut Out of Popular Community Program An arts program in the Jane and Finch area has apparently closed without notice—and participants don’t know why.”

The youth of PMAA and YNC gathered to raise awareness about the studio closure on May 9th, 2014 outside of 15 San Romanoway, the location of Youth ‘N’ Charge, where the Palisades Media Arts Academy took place

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Flier from a rally that took place May 9th, 2014 to raise awareness about the YNC/PMAA Studio closure. The Executive Director and Board of Directors of SRRA were invited to come to help us gain clarity around the closure, but no one came nor responded to our invitation.10271593_1409119576040246_886368801251608328_n

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UPDATE: ON MAY 8TH, an email was sent to the Executive Director and the Chair of the Board of Directors of the San Romanoway Revitalization Association, an invitation for them to attend our upcoming rally and address the youth themselves and open up a dialogue… we received NO RESPONSE, and no one from SRRA came to speak with the youth… here’s the email that was sent:

“Dear Ms Stephnie Payne and Mr Kevin Green,

I am student/participant from the youth studio, writing to you on behalf of the youth of the Palisades Media Arts Program at Youth ‘N’ Charge Studio. We were very disappointed to see that the studio was shut down as of Wednesday last week. This is an important space for many youth such as myself. Creative expression is core to who I am and the studio provided me with a space where I could come to create and make music that means alot to me.

The youth have become aware that there have been some issues around funding regarding the youth studio and programs. We would like to request a meeting with the youth, yourselves, and the board of directors to gain some clarity around what has happened, why the studio is closed, and how we can move forward to support the re-opening and continuation of a much needed space for youth in the community.

A group of youth have come together to rally support on Friday this week for the cause of re-opening the studio. We have also started a petition that speak to some of our concerns around the studio closure and hopes for moving forward.

We would like to invite you to our gathering this Friday outside the PMAA Studio to hear our concerns, and help us come to a deeper understanding of the situation at hand. This space and the programming it provieded means alot to us and we want to see it grow and meet its potential.

We hope that you will join us this Friday May 9, and please help us extend the invitation to the rest of the board of directors.
Please reply all let us (the youth) know if you will be able to make it to the gathering, and also when we might be able to set up a time to meet with the board.

Thank you very much for your time,

Nathan Baya”

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