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Phallon first came to UrbanArts when she was thirteen for the SummerArts program. She remembers the impact of having guest artist facilitators bring canvases in for the youth to work on. Since then, her interest in visual arts has continued to grow; “UrbanArts has made me more creative.”

In 2012 Phallon joined the It’s A Girl Thing! Young Women’s Leadership Program and then in 2013 she participated in the Photography Program in partnership with Gallery 44. Her dedication to photography shone through in her work in the darkroom and she remembers the experience of having her photographs shown at Gallery 44 “I felt like a professional. I just thought ‘wow, someday people might want to buy my work.’”

Since the Gallery 44 program, Phallon also participated in UrbanArts’ new Digital Photography Program and chosen to do her school placement at a photography studio.

These experiences have led Phallon to realize that she wants to pursue a career in an artistic field; she has just applied to several Toronto colleges to study Graphic Design and Marketing. “It [UrbanArts] helped me decide what I want to do in college; something in the arts.”