Think Tank for Youth



Do you like art and creativity? Are you eager to explore themes of gender, identity, and migration through filmmaking? Then join youth from across the Lower Mainland at the Vancouver Art Gallery! You will work with VAG’s curators, Out In Schools’ educators, and The Cinematheque’s artists to investigate an exhibition and creatively respond to it by creating a short video.

The 2019 Think Tank uses the lens of contemporary art to examine contemporary issues and ideas, specifically focused on the exhibition Moving Still: Performative Photography from India. This exhibition explores themes of gender, migration, religion, and identity through videos and photos.

Participants will visit the exhibition, discuss gender and sexuality, and (working in crews) create a video, with extensive professional support and mentorship provided by educators and filmmakers. This is a youth-led project: while the facilitators will give technical assistance and constructive feedback, the creative process will be driven by the youth.

When & Where

The Think Tank takes place on the following dates at the Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street at Robson in downtown Vancouver:
Wednesday, April 24 – 9 am to 3 pm / Thursday, April 25 – 9 am to 5 pm / Friday, April 26 – 9 am to 3 pm Tuesday, April 30 – 7 pm to 8:30 pm (reception and screening of the videos)


The Think Tank is open to 50 students (grade 10/11/12) from Genders & Sexualities Alliance (GSA), and any student (grade 10/11/12) interested in discussing gender, sexuality, identity and related themes. Students should live in the Lower Mainland, and they will work with artists and educators from The Cinematheque, Out in Schools, and Vancouver Art Gallery.

The Cinematheque offers filmmaking training to learners of any age or background. We are committed to supporting and engaging a vibrant film community in British Columbia, and we aim to foster a critical understanding of and an appreciation for the exciting art of filmmaking.

Out In Schools uses film and facilitated group discussion to inform young people, educators and others of the negative impacts of discrimination. Out In Schools creates safe spaces where young people in British Columbia thrive by providing the language and tools for inclusion.

The Think Tank for Youth on Art and Ideas facilitates young people’s interaction with both the Vancouver Art Gallery’s exhibitions and our increasingly complex world through questions, self-reflection and visual responses in a way that encourages students to think creatively and independently.


$20.00 sliding scale per person. A signed release form is required. Lunch and snacks will be provided


Contact your SOGI liaison. For more information contact
Gavin K. Somers, Out In Schools, – 604.844.1615
Michael Fontana, The Cinematheque, – 604.688.8202