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Former Governor General helps out a local graffiti artist

Wednesday, April 30, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASE

MICHAELLE JEAN FOUNDATION

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The Michaëlle Jean Foundation is delighted to announce the first recipients of its new Young Arts Entrepreneur program funding, as Canada prepares to celebrate National Youth Arts Week.

With the generous support of CIBC and BMO, and the collaboration of the Canadian Youth Business Foundation, the program provides start-up capital as well as business and arts mentors to underserved youth seeking to launch an arts-based business over a two-year period.

More than 60 aspiring young business and community leaders from across Canada applied. Cameron Dutchak is among eight youth selected by an expert jury.

Based in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, the young artist has been active within the arts for the past decade doing large-scale graffiti works and commissioned designs on various mediums.

As his business continues to grow, Cameron aims to increase awareness regarding social enterprises and community art while engaging youth in new forms of urban expression.

Cameron’s business project is based upon re-conceptualizing the idea of what graffiti/ street art can mean within a community.

By mentoring at risk and marginalized youth, Cameron's business (CTD Designs) will offer open workshops in various forms of 'street art' as well as create an on-going youth mentored arts program culminating in a public mural.

In addition to receiving start-up capital of $7,500, Cameron will be mentored in business plan development, marketing and other business skills, and receive ongoing mentoring in arts techniques from seasoned professionals.

The Canadian Youth Business Foundation, which helped to design the program, will also be assisting him with additional tools and resources.

The aim of Young Arts Entrepreneur is to provide participants with the tools, experience and connections in the financial world they need to “graduate” to other ongoing opportunities to build their businesses.

“We are delighted by the caliber and diversity of our young arts entrepreneurs whose innovative spirit and determination have the potential to inspire underserved youth all over the country. Their business projects span such a rich variety of artistic disciplines, providing our recipients with a unique opportunity to make a mark in Canada’s creative industries, which bring billions of dollars to our country every year”, said the Rt. Hon. Michaëlle Jean and Monsieur Jean-Daniel Lafond, Co-Founders and Co-Chairs of the Michaëlle Jean Foundation.

About the Michaëlle Jean Foundation

We support youth arts initiatives that transform young lives and revitalize underserved communities across Canada. Through our programs, underprivileged youth are using their creativity to build new solutions to pressing social issues, like poverty, social exclusion and mental health.

In so doing, they are catalyzing innovative community renewal projects, driving Aboriginal cultural resurgence, and kick-starting cutting-edge business ventures, all over the country. For more info: www.fmjf.ca.

About the Canadian Youth Business Foundation

The Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to growing Canada’s economy one young entrepreneur at a time.

We look at character, not collateral, when providing youth aged 18-39 with pre-launch coaching, business resources, low-interest financing of up to $15,000, and industry-leading mentoring to help them launch and sustain successful businesses.

CYBF’s co-financing partner, the Business Development Bank of Canada, leverages CYBF’s application process to provide up to $30,000 in additional support for CYBF entrepreneurs.

Established in 1996, CYBF has been recognized as a global leader in advancing youth entrepreneurship. CYBF is a founding member of the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance, the Canadian member of The Prince’s Youth Business International, and the Canadian host of Global Entrepreneurship Week (being held November 18-24 in 2013).

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(PHOTO: Cameron Dutchak is pictured in Sault Ste. Marie in June, 2013. Donna Hopper/SooToday.com)
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Brietsy 4/30/2014 2:17:52 PM Report

Right on. a program that can help the young artistic people of the Sault, and cut down on the illegal grafiti around? all for it.

I would not mind seeing some new big LEGAL grafiti murals around the city.
ThinkAgain 4/30/2014 2:55:11 PM Report

Encouraging something everyone wants to STOP.

Completely wrong.

And where does kids practice before there art becomes acceptable, every mail box and vacant building in town.
Go to Sault college like all other students, create and sell like all others do.

Did they change the definition

Koss 4/30/2014 3:29:58 PM Report

This young man's business is for commissioned art projects thinkagain. I know it's probably fun to stir the pot behind your computer monitor, but at least try to put some thought behind it next time.
rider_ 4/30/2014 3:38:07 PM Report

great, throw money at what appears to be an already privileged brat ("youth"? the guy looks like he's pushing 30, good lord what is up with all the manchildren in this city. get a real job, your "art" sucks and as an aside i think you may be colour blind) to instruct wannabe thugs in polluting this city with even more filth.

just wonderful.
johnnyc 4/30/2014 4:26:50 PM Report

Good Grief. Why do people feel the need to broadcast their uneducated,ignorant and negative comments online?

I think this is a wonderful accomplishment and a great opportunity for Cam.

Much love and respect
Frio 4/30/2014 5:42:37 PM Report

Unless the person spray painting has obtained permission or has been hired to paint a mural by the owner of the property, it is vandalism..The city is getting covered in unsightly scrawlings and tagging on many buildings, mailboxes, electrical equipment boxes and otherwise clean surfaces degrading the aesthetics around the city into a ghetto look. Why not spend the money on cleaning up the damage already done?
Sam C 4/30/2014 11:08:28 PM Report

This is terrific!! Grafitti are can be stunningly beautiful. Congrats, Cam.
sportsfan17 5/1/2014 4:29:34 AM Report

Graffiti can be a wonderful addition to otherwise boring or dilapidated exteriors on buildings.

If any of you negative Nancys read the article, you'd note it says he does commissioned work (which is a paid job, no different than being paid to build a deck for someone). It also talks about mentoring troubled youth with art, which believe it or not, can resonate with certain kids. Even if it puts a handful of kids back on the right path, it's worth it.

Besides, what are you jokers doing to help your city? Sitting there whining behind your computer monitor? Getting fat munching on some chips? Enjoying the latest episode of mind-numbing reality television? Morons.
Saultzq 5/1/2014 6:49:06 AM Report

VERY GOOD, sportsfan17, I agree 100% on all that you said.
EastSide 5/7/2014 6:40:37 PM Report

Maybe with that money he can stop painting on trains... or maybe they could hold the money over his head until he gave up the rest of his buddies that paint their "tags" on everything all over town... I know for a fact a lot of them know each other... and his "un-commissioned" work is all over this town.
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