2022 PuSh Youth Program

Produced in partnership with Solid State Community Industries, the 2022 PuSh Youth Program encompasses the Youth Pass, Youth Cohort, and Youth Assembly.

The Youth Passport provides $5 tickets to select shows for youth 16-24.

The Youth Assembly is a free, 1-day youth conference held during the PuSh Festival, and an opportunity for youth to meet and exchange with artists and arts professionals.

The Youth Cohort is a 3-month program for youth to experience, examine and engage in the professional contemporary performing arts community through workshops and studio visits, discussions, and a variety of shows – like a book club but for the live performing arts! Find out more at pushfestival.ca/youth/youth-cohort

 Program Coordinator

Fiorella Pinillos 

Fiorella is an arts administrator, urbanist and community engagement specialist. Originally from Peru, Fiorella moved to Vancouver to complete a Masters of Urban Studies at SFU.

For over five years, Fiorella has worked to provide access to arts, culture and knowledge to communities that have been traditionally marginalized. Her work with equity seeking communities and her own lived experience as an immigrant, have profoundly shaped her understanding about cultural equity and accessibility.

In the last year, Fiorella has started two cooperatives with Solid State, City in Colour and La Libelula, now she is pleased to continue her work in Surrey coordinating the PuSh Youth Program in partnership with Solid State Community Industries 


Solid State Industries

Solid State starts worker cooperatives with youth (under-35) from racialized migrant backgrounds. We currently have 18 cohorts running with many more in formation.

We have 120+ participants from more than 35 different national backgrounds and 15 staff. Our goal is to build a mutually-supportive network, grounded in Surrey, a cooperative of cooperatives, bound together by a commitment to hospitality and mutual aid.

We believe that the co-op model is highly capacious: it brings people together to work on a common project, build real-world skills, develop lasting bonds, and earn income from a co-op enterprise. Much more than that, we are interested in bringing together youth to work on common projects where they can forge long-term attachments, and develop a sense of belonging and attachment.