Helping Others to See: Hastings Youth Debut Their Art at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” – Edgar Degas

Last week, youthLEADarts participants from Hastings Elementary in Vancouver celebrated as their exhibition, “Whale Tales: A Call to Action” opened at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at the University of British Columbia. 

The art featured the whale doodles and slogans that youth created during one day youthLEADarts workshops in April and was installed professionally by Derek Tan and his team who also created the opportunity for students to attend the opening. 

Youth thought it was “so cool” to see their artwork in this setting, and again, “so cool” that it will be on display throughout the summer, inspiring visitors not only to see what they created and learned, but to take action themselves and create their own whale doodles at an interactive art station beside the installation. 

They were delighted to experience the positive domino effect that their efforts have achieved, that through their creations, they could ‘make others see’ how important it is to care for our oceans and the creatures in them. 

Drop by the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at the University of British Columbia: 2212 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4 during business hours to view the exhibit or visit for more information about the museum itself.