FortWhyte Farms (Jody, Ahmed, Sharon, Elexsis, Ali, Alicia, Nyriee, Mawata, Kayleen, and Nathan) with Natasha Halayda.
Program: Youth WITH ART
Location: FortWhyte Farms, 1961 McCreary Road
Medium: Found materials, cement, wood, upholstery, resin, glass, feathers, paint, macramé, rope and tires
Natasha Halayda is a visual artist and crafter. Her interdisciplinary practice prioritizes message over media, drawing on a range of painting, assemblage, installation, and sculpture. Along with her BFA, she studied art and world history which informs her artmaking and interest in contemplation of the human condition. She has worked extensively as an art instructor for community youth centres including Graffiti Art Programming and Art City, as well as in the schools teaching recycle-build, animation, video, jewellery design, and drawing.
FortWhyte Farms partners with high schools and youth-serving organizations to bring young people into nature to learn about food, farming, health and wellness. FortWhyte Farms bridges communities, creates learning and employment opportunities for youth, and grows healthy food for our community. As a social enterprise, the bottom line goes beyond financial gain to include social and economic benefits that impact the lives of individuals, families, and communities.