ART STORY | Workshop Stories

On March Break, the Art Gallery of Mississauga and the Mississauga Library System hosted TELL ME A STORY: An Art-Inspired Creative Writing Workshop for Youth. Participants, aged 10 – 19, were asked to choose from a selection of works from the AGM’s Permanent Art Collection, or the AGM’s current exhibition, Lila Lewis Irving: Con Spirito | Retrospective. The AGM provided captions for some of the works, to inspire imaginative storytelling. Participants were given 30 minutes to come up with their stories.

The inspiration for the workshop came from Chris Van Allsburg’s Chronicles of Harris Burdick, which features short stories  inspired by Van Allsburg’s illustrations and created by writers such as Stephen King and Lois Lowry. Thanks to the support of Thomas Allen Ltd, ten of the participants were also given signed copies of Chronicles of Harris Burdick or the original Mysteries of Harris Burdick.

Over the next couple of weeks, keep an eye on this blog for stories from workshop participants. It’s incredible what young people can create in less than an hour! Stories have been scheduled to go live at 1:00 pm EST, with a new visual art-inspired story every day.
We invite you to join us in being inspired by visual art and creating your own Art Stories! If you do — let us know!
Thank you to the Mississauga Library System and Thomas Allen Ltd for the collaboration and support! Keep an eye on our website for further information about all our exciting education outreach initiatives! Summer is coming soon, and we can’t wait to THINK, ENGAGE and INSPIRE with you all!

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