Innovation. Incubation. Collaboration.


Our Programs

Every YAC program is built on the energy and assets of young creatives and leaders. Every program aims to produce better trained, more engaged, and more entrepreneurial youth. Our programs always aim to integrate with community and industry initiatives to create effective bridges for artists and communities to close social and economic gaps.



HUBHFX is a weekly gathering for emerging artists from all genres, culture and backgrounds to network, skill share and collaborate. Visiting artists and industry professionals contribute through workshops and presentations. Artists are connected with opportunities to develop careers & businesses, deepen learning, and lead their communities, and collaborate on regular public performances and art shows.

HUBHFX aims to be a safe, inclusive and supportive space for artists 30 and under from any social, cultural, economic backgrounds. It is always FREE.



A 10-week introduction to business for emerging artists of all types. Artists learn business principles, meet established artists, and present & sell a creative service or product at a pop-up art marketplace, ARTceleration.



EMERGEHFX Festival & Conference presented 2 days nights of emerging artist showcasing and conferencing. This all ages event happens each fall in partnership with Halifax Pop Explosion, NSCC, HopScotch and more.

Programming is carried out with other festivals and partners throughout the year.


Justice, Arts and Youth in Action(JAYA)

The JAYA initiative was founded by YAC, the Michaëlle Jean Foundation and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in 2014. The project provides platforms like exhibitions, youthled community projects, public forums, community artist hubs, and other programming for artists 30 and under using art to address issues of injustice in their community. In particular JAYA aims to support and young leaders addressing injustice faced by Black, Indigenousns, LGBTQIAP2S+ Nova Scotians, and survivors of sexualized Violence.