Outreach and Partnerships
Part of the Guelph Jazz Festival's mission is to make our performances accessible to the broadest possible audience through our annual festival and a year-round program that includes concerts, special events and educational programs. Educational programs are designed and delivered through number of partnerships, where improvising artists are placed in direct and meaningful contact with the community.
Jazz in the Community
Building Creativity and Community through Improvisation is a partnership with Guelph Youth Dance Training Program, Onward Willow and Sonic Playground. Working within a community that is recognized as having special needs, be they economic, social and/or emotional, artists provide an opportunity for children to be exposed to a creative and improvisational approach to learning dance and music in a series of workshops. Artists are able to expand their concepts of what these art forms mean and show them how art can play an important role in their own lives. These workshops culminate in a community performance.