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Girl Guides of Canada - Guides du Canada launches

Canadian Girls Say..., a groundbreaking photography exhibition at the AGO 

Toronto, Ontario - April 29, 2010. Girl Guides of Canada - Guides du Canada (GGC) and the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) are pleased to present a photography exhibition that speaks volumes about what girls care about in their communities.  Canadian Girls Say... officially launches on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at the AGO.

Canadian Girls Say... is a groundbreaking project that empowers Canadian girls to use photography to explore and speak out about what they care about in their communities. Through the project, Girl Guide Members aged 5 to 17 from coast to coast used their ‘photovoices' to express what matters to them. From the hundreds of submissions received, Canadian girls told us they cared about issues ranging from citizenship and culture to health, safety, and the environment. 

"I really enjoyed taking photographs for the Canadian Girls Say project," 13-year old Caroline Davey reflects.  "Photography is a great way to re-experience your community in a positive way."

This family-friendly exhibition located in the AGO's free community gallery, Canadian Girls Say... features some 100 photographs as well as accompanying perspectives from the emerging young photographers. This project celebrates GGC's 100th anniversary of inspiring girl greatness.

"Canadian Girls Say... reflects the cutting-edge and innovative programming that Girl Guides of Canada offers girls today," says Rebecca Tye, Girl Programs Coordinator.  "Continuing in our hundred year tradition, we encourage girls to speak out and become active community leaders through relevant and creative means."

"This project is a wonderful opportunity for the AGO to celebrate the creativity in our community and showcase important ideas and issues through the power of art," says Judy Koke, Deputy Director of Education and Public Programming. 

What:  Official Launch of Canadian Girls Say... a photography exhibition

When:  Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.

Where:  Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Walker Court, 317 Dundas Street West, Toronto

Generously supported by Black Photo Corporation and The Leonard Foundation, Canadian Girls Say... will be showing at the AGO until September 2010. 

About Girl Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada

Since 1910, Girl Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada has been a trailblazing movement advocating for girls and women, while offering them opportunities to discover new interests and develop leadership skills. Throughout its history, Guiding has prepared girls to meet the challenges they face head on. Today's girls can learn about global and cultural awareness, career exploration, science and technology and the arts. They work on environmental projects and explore important issues such as cyber-bullying, self-esteem and body image, and develop the skills needed to speak out and take action on issues that are important to them. Guiding enables girls to be confident, courageous and resourceful, and to make a difference in the world. http://www.girlguides.ca/.

About the AGO

With a permanent collection of more than 79,000 works of art, the Art Gallery of Ontario is among the most distinguished art museums in North America. In 2008, with a stunning new design by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, the AGO opened its doors to the public amid international acclaim. Highlights include Galleria Italia, a gleaming showcase made of wood and glass running the length of an entire city block along the Gallery's façade; and the feature staircase, spiraling up through the roof of Walker Court and into the new contemporary galleries above. From the extensive Group of Seven collection to the dramatic new African art gallery; from the cutting-edge works in the Vivian & David Campbell Centre for Contemporary Art to Peter Paul Rubens' masterpiece The Massacre of The Innocents, a highlight of the celebrated Thomson Collection, there is truly something for everyone at the AGO.

 

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For more information, contact:

Christine Harris

Coordinator, Marketing

Girl Guides of Canada National Office

Tel. (416) 487-5281 ext. 260

E-mail: harrisc@girlguides.ca            

Web site: http://www.girlguides.ca/

 

Antonietta Mirabelli

Manager, Communications

Art Gallery of Ontario

Tel. (416) 979-6660, ext. 454

E-mail: Antonietta_Mirabelli@ago.net

Web site: http://www.ago.net/

 

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