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Youth arts program gets $199,000

An Ottawa art program for kids living on the street has received $199,000 from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

MASC, an artistic program for based out of the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa's Besserer Street drop-in centre, will use the funding for arts programming for "street-involved" and homeless youth over the next three years.

“This program engages youth who have many risk factors and offers much needed support,” said YSB executive director Joanne Lowe, in a release. “The arts allow young people to express their stories, build on their strengths and develop self-esteem.”

Leadership through the Arts, a joint program between the YSB and MASC, offers workshops in slam poetry, drumming, improvisation and visual arts. According to MASC, the OTF funding will expand the program to train youth to organize and promote the arts to their peers.

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