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Attendees at the 2015 International Unconference did not have words to describe the talent which was showcased by the youth artists through their Statement Art Presentations. Mary Clark, Co-founder of the Get to Know Program, described the Youth Statement Art Presentations as one of the most "Inspirational days of her life".
The Unconference provides youth with a platform to voice their concerns about various environmental issues through mediums of their choice. Participants highlighted various issues including shark finning, Orangutan conservation, water security and more. The artists used their own unique way to showcase the issue they were passionate about. Presentations included mediums such as spoken word, interpretive dance, poetry and many more.
The 5th annual Get to Know International Unconference was generously sponsored by Dow Canada, Shaw, Rotary District 5360 and Vancouver Rotary Club. Without the support of these sponsors, the International Unconference would not have been possible.
At a young age, the Get to Know Program inspires youth to pursue their passion for the outdoors and to learn the names of their wild neighbours through the creative arts. For contestant, Kathleen Murray, the Contest went beyond that and now has helped her find a meaningful career which she is also passionate about.
Since participating with the Get to Know program in 2009 and then again in 2011, Kathleen Murray is now on her way to becoming an outdoor education teacher in Ontario. "I think the program definitely influenced my career choice" says Murray. She continues by highlighting that "The trips I went on with the Get to Know Contest created some spectacular memories. Getting the opportunity to visit Jasper and Vancouver Island with Parks Canada truly inspired me to explore more of Canada."
Murray acknowledged that the program made her realize that she was not alone in her love for nature. The program helped her connect with other across Canada who shared this passion for nature, wildlife and the outdoors. She recalls one of her greatest experiences was meeting Robert Bateman, founder of the Get to Know Program and how it was him who inspired her to paint wildlife and to pursue her career in education.
To learn more about Murray's artistic endeavours you can visit her website.
Kathleen's Get to Know Contest Entry
Get to Know hosted a booth at the Kokanee Salmon Festival this past weekend in Kelowna at Mission Creek Regional Park. Youth had the opportunity to create nature inspired art at our booth with art supplies that were provide by Intraline, our event sponsor! Intraline also generously donated prizes which youth had an opportunity to win at the event.
Check out some of these creative, nature-inspired entries that were created at the event!