Come SAIL away with us! Launched in the summer of 2017, SAIL, an acronym for Student Art Innovation Lab, is an arts initiative spearheaded by faculty and students from the University of Waterloo’s Fine Arts and Theatre & Performance. Set-up like an old-fashioned book mobile, SAIL travels around Waterloo Region delivering pop-up art labs for children and youth. It’s all about jumping in feet first: young artists get to make a lot of art, learning valuable creative literacy skills, and UW students get the chance to find out what it takes to make successful, community-based arts programming.
Housed in a restored, vintage Airstream trailer, which serves as both innovation lab and mobile art gallery, our offerings in 2017 included mask making, giant robots, exquisite corpse relief-cut printing, stop-motion animation, poetic pennants for your bicycle, silkscreen printed animal hats, backyard botanical collages, plus a DIY vinyl sign-making workshop.
The program functions as a stand-alone at festivals, or as an enhancement to existing programs. In our inaugural year, we partnered with the library, several community centres, OPEN STREETS, Waterloo’s Campfire, the Clay and Glass Gallery, Idea Exchange, a summer camp in Stratford and the YMCA. Programs are offered free of charge due to the generous support of the Chalmers Family Arts and Culture Experience Award, and The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation Musagetes Fund.