Member since: 2017
WHAT DOES ACWR MEAN TO YOU?
As a member of the Arts Council Windsor & Region’s youth group for the past three years, I have seen firsthand the impact the organization has in our communities. The Vanguard Youth Arts Collective is a group of creatively driven youth, who work collaboratively to promote and increase access to the Arts.
Through Vanguard, I’ve had the opportunity to meet other young people who are passionate about the arts. I’ve been able to develop my leadership and administration skills by planning and developing a variety of workshops, exhibits, and events. Vanguard has grown my network of connections and friends in the Arts community. The ACWR has given me the opportunity to continue to grow as an artist by offering hands on learning experiences that have allowed me to develop new skills. I’ve had the chance to attend workshops on artwork conservation, exhibition installation, beading, graffiti and more.
The Art Speak Gallery is also such a valuable space to exhibit my work. The space allows for experimentation, innovation, and creative expression. As an artist residing and practicing in Essex county, the Arts Council is such a valuable resource that allows me to meet, connect and work with other artists in our region.
ABOUT THE ARTIST – Sophie Hinch is a francophone artist, educator and arts administrator currently residing and practicing in Essex, ON. A University of Windsor graduate (BFA), Sophie enjoys exploring new mediums and incorporates elements of nature, mapping, and biomorphism in her works. Hinch currently works at the Leamington Arts Centre and as an Artist-in-residence for the CSC Providence. She also sits on the Board of Directors as well as the Programming Committee at Artcite Inc., an artist-run centre in Windsor, ON. For the past two years, Sophie has served as president of the Vanguard Youth Arts Collective, a group of creatively driven youth that promote and encourages artistic collaboration in Windsor and Essex County.