Vanguard Youth Arts Collective

MISSION: Vanguard Youth Arts Collective are a group of creatively driven youth who act as a voice for an emerging generation of the arts within the Windsor Essex region. We nurture creative development by fostering connections within the community.

VISION: To enrich the artistic culture in our community through youth engagement.

1. Act as a vital resource for young artists.
2. Raise awareness for the importance of artistic endeavours.
3. Promote collaboration between all disciplines of artistic practice.
4. Generate opportunities for young creatives in Windsor Essex.

The Vanguard Youth Arts Collective was initiated by the Arts Council Windsor & Region in 2015.

  • Weekends in the Studio @ AWE


    (2023)  Vanguard Youth Arts Collective hosted a new workshop every Saturday and Sunday for the month of June at Art-Windsor Essex. Each member who hosted a workshop brought their own creative practice to the community in a unique way. 

    This program was supported by funding through Art-Windsor Essex

  • Breaking Waves Workshop & Exhibition


    (2021) In collaboration with local high school students, interdisciplinary artists from the region and ACWR’s Vanguard Youth Arts Collective we were able to host ‘Breaking Waves’. The project consisted of a free full day workshop at Gertrude’s Writing Room, with features by Teajai Travis, Vanessa Shields and Alexei Ungurenasu. Students were let through different activities with each artist that challenged their understanding of storytelling and visual arts. This workshop was followed by an exhibition of the students works at Artspeak Gallery.

    This program was supported by funding through Arts Culture & Heritage Fund


    (2019 – 2020) Vanguard’s 100 Journals Project brings together youth groups from across Windsor-Essex through a sketchbook share. Young artists participating in this project are encouraged to share their lived experiences through written word, imagery, photography and other forms of expression that can be communicated through the sketchbooks. Local artists are hired to deliver culturally relevant instruction.

    Over the course of the project, the 100 sketchbooks will be circulated between Windsor-Essex youth service organizations. Overtime, the sketchbooks will become full with contributions from all the youth participants. This project will culminate in an exhibition at a local art gallery that all the artists and their families are invited to attend. 

    The 100 Journals Project breaks barriers and opens communication between youth through art. We hope that 100 Journals creates safe environments for discussion about belonging, identity, and community.

    Partner Organizations:

    Art by the River

    The MultiCultural Council of Windsor Essex

    YMCA of Southwestern Ontario

    W.E. Trans Support

    Windsor Youth Centre

    Thank-you to Windsor Endowment for the Arts for supporting this project!

  • MESS FEST 2019

    The Mission of Vanguard Youth Arts Collective is to nurture creative development by fostering connections within the community, by acting as a voice for an emerging generation of the arts within Windsor-Essex. MESS FEST is a week of creative workshops, sharing, and fun…including:

    Sunday, October 6
    FREE Foreign Film Flick Fest / @ N9A Studio

    Monday, October 7
    Open Mic Surgery + Sewing Class / @ Phog Lounge

    Tuesday, October 8
    Windsor Sculpture Garden Sketch + Sculpt / @ Ambassador Bridge

    Wednesday, October 9
    Smartphone Fashion Photography + Editing Workshop / @ Full Circle Vintage

    AND Letterpress Poster Workshop

    Thursday, October 10
    BOB ROSS Paint Along / @ Villains Bistro

    Friday, October 11
    Vanguard Exhibit Reception + Journaling Workshop/ @ N9A Studios

    Saturday, October 12
    Category Is: Disco Dance & Drag / @ Villains Bistro


    (OCTOBER 2020) Vanguard Youth Arts Collective was chosen as the featured artists for AGW’s new online programming for Sundays in the Studio. While this initiative normally runs in the gallery every sunday from 1-4pm, during the pandemic the gallery is working with local artists and art educators to bring the program onto a safe, fun, and socially distanced online platform. Check out the following art activities created by four of our members and follow along at home! This program is Sponsored by Anne Safranyos and Family. Partnership with the Art Gallery of Windsor.





Meet the Vanguard Youth Arts Collective:

Abbey Dufault


Bianca Daher

Co-Vice President

Chantal Brouillard




Emma McGee


Grace Taylor


Howl Fyodor


Lou Cox


Meaghan Sweeney

President, Editor for Spot On

Nafeesa Sohail


Raida Farzat


Rebecca Mckenzie


Sandra Jabbour

Co-Vice President

Contact the Vanguard Youth Arts Collective

To contact Vanguard email or call the ACWR office at 519-252-2787