Programs

The centre aims to eliminate barriers to creative education. We collaborate with local artists, educators, entrepreneurs, and community partners to offer high calibre creative learning programs.

“I love these programs and all the types of art I learned. I never saw myself doing this, so it made me happy to be able to try all so many different things. It makes me happy to see people who understand me. When I come back, I hope to volunteer and help you make these programs even better!”

—Azeezat, Stop-Motion, Collage, Jewelry Making, BIPOC Drop In

Summer weekly program schedule. 8 Weeks of Free programs.
Detail description of summer programs.

Summer Program Details

All our Programs are:

  • Free
  • Open to Youth between the ages of 12 to 19

Important Note:

Due to the popularity of our summer programs, registration is run as a lottery system rather than first-come, first-served. This means that upon registration, individuals will be entered into a pool. You will be notified of your registration status after the lottery has closed on June 21, 2024. If you have questions about the lottery, you can email info@macpheecentre.ca or call 902 469 2851.

Summer Lottery Registration!

Eight Week Summer Schedule:

 

Week 1: Palifax, July 2 to 5 from 10 AM to 3 PM at the MacPhee Centre for Create Learning. 

Palifax is a summer day program where young participants embark on a journey of self-discovery, creative expression, community advocacy, and amplifying their voices! The Palifax Summer program is for young girls, non-binary or gender diverse youth, ages 11 to 14 in the Halifax Regional Municipality. Join us for this exciting program, where participants will be provided with a safe space to explore their identities through creative activities and connect with others who share similar experiences.

 

Week 2 and 3: NSCC Tech Arts, July 8 to 12 and 15 to 19 from 10 AM to 3 PM at the NSCC Akerley Campus.

The MacPhee Centre and NSCC have teamed up again this summer to bring you a unique summer program in the Technical Arts! Youth will have the opportunity to use their creativity, enthusiasm, and imagination to learn skills and gain hands-on experience in welding, carpentry and cooking.

Please note that this program is two weeks long and will take place at the NSCC Akerley Campus.

Week 4: July Mixed Media Week from 10 AM to 3 PM at the MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning. 

Join us at the MacPhee Centre for a unique week-long program where participants will explore a mix of visual and performing arts. Youth will have opportunities to try out a variety of art forms typically excluded in school, including string art, printmaking, Dreamcatchers, and garden arts. Whether you're a seasoned artist or new to exploring your creativity, our program is open to all experience levels and sure to expand your creativity!

Week 5: Boat School from 9:30 AM to 3 PM at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and the MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning

Are you interested in creating something from scratch? Let's build a boat that can float! The Maritime Museum is joining forces with the MacPhee Centre to bring youth a brand new program in which participants will work together over the course of four days to build a boat from a pile of wood. At the end of the week, we will launch our boats in the water! This program is an opportunity to experience hands-on maritime skills and education and is designed to equip youth with valuable skills and experiences for their future.

Please note that youth will arrive at the MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning each day and then travel to and from the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic (1675 Lower Water Street, Halifax NS).

Week 6: Fashion and Identity from 9:30 AM to 3 PM at NSCAD University

Calling all you fashion dreamers, weavers and innovators! Join us at NSCAD's Fashion studios for a special program where participants will learn how to hack fabric and alter clothing to make unique pieces that express important aspects of their identity. Learn how to design, sew, add new flare with lace, zippers and embellish existing clothing with pockets, patches and screen printing. This program collaborates with NSCAD Art Factory and will take place at the NSCAD Foundation Campus.

Youth will arrive at the MacPhee Centre each day and travel to the NSCAD campus as a group.

 

Week 7: Writer's Fed from 10 AM to 3 PM at the MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning

Do you have a passion for writing and reading? Prepare to unleash your inner writer with our Writers Federation of Nova Scotia Program! Led by a talented group of published authors from Nova Scotia, youth will embark on a week-long journey to explore the art of the written word. Through a series of 5 interactive workshops led by a different local author, participants will learn how to craft compelling stories and poems that captivate readers. This week is designed to expose teens to different ways of accessing their creativity and will provide participants with information they would not learn inside a typical writing classroom. Whether you're a seasoned writer or just starting, this camp offers a unique opportunity to hone your skills and connect with like-minded individuals who share your passion for writing. 

Week 8: August Mixed Media Week from 10 AM to 3 PM at the MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning

Join us at the MacPhee Centre for a unique week-long program where participants will explore a mix of visual and performing arts. Youth will have opportunities to try out a variety of art forms typically excluded in school, including string art, printmaking, Dreamcatchers, and garden arts. Whether you're a seasoned artist or new to exploring your creativity, our program is open to all experience levels and sure to expand your creativity!

Program Philosophy

The MacPhee Centre, inspired by Bill Stickland's "Manchester Bidwell Model," aims to transform youth through quality resources and creative mentorship

By taking youth out of their usual environments, the centre aims to eliminate barriers to creative education. We collaborate with local artists, entrepreneurs, and community partners, to offer high-calibre creative learning programs, showcasing career opportunities and fostering a love for lifelong learning.

“My favourite part about winter programs was jewelry making. Being inspired and having an idea I was excited about making was a great feeling.”

—Dhimahi, Jewelry Making

Close up of a partially painted cyanotype print surrounded by marbles, paint brushes, leaves, a spray bottle, and a foil pan

Youth-Led & Youth-Driven

As an organization committed to empowering youth to access their own creative potential, the MacPhee Centre ensures that youth voice is involved in every aspect at the Centre. From the selection of programs on a termly basis, to the snacks that are served regularly, to the anti-racism action plan that was embedded into the operational plan in 2021, youth are at the core of everything we do.

Safety

Every one deserves to feel safe in their community. The youth, facilitators, and staff collaborate each term to create a set of “standards” that we all aim to follow.

Respect

A huge pillar of our programs is respect: for the self, for one another, and the space. Every individual has a different set of "rules" for themselves. We aim to understand and meet people where they are.

Try

Trying new things is an important part of creating and enjoying art; whether it's starting a new project or making a new friend. We highly encourage everyone to try first, and then pass if they want to.