OUTREACH is Gallery 44’s award-winning arts program addressing the needs of youth from underserved communities throughout the GTA. OUTREACH inspires youth to develop positive methods of sharing their stories while connecting with their community. Through photography’s uniquely accessible platform, this program eliminates existing barriers to the arts, encouraging knowledge sharing, collaboration, and dialogue.
Through OUTREACH we work in collaboration with several community organizations to offer ongoing analogue and digital photography workshops to youth throughout our city. OUTREACH provides a series of hands-on workshops and discussion groups, through which youth engage in a program they help direct from concept, through the creation and artistic production, concluding in a formal exhibition of their artworks at Gallery 44. One of our main objectives for this essential program is to inspire youth to initiate critical explorations into art-viewing and art-making. We work to create vibrant, innovative spaces for young people and to provide vital adult mentoring and support.
Every year, Gallery 44 awards two participants from the OUTREACH program with the David Barker Maltby Award. The award was founded in memory of Gallery 44 member David Barker Maltby in keeping with his commitment to education, community activism and documentary photography. Award winners, nominated by instructors and selected by a committee, have excelled within the OUTREACH program. Recipients are awarded based on their unique approach to photography and commitment to continuing with their arts practice and receive a membership to Gallery 44 and further mentorship opportunities.