IMMERSED IN THE ARTS
Opening doors for Children through Creativity & Collaboration
Leaders & educators are discovering that exposing children to the ARTS improves their intellectual growth. Using ART as a tool has been found to heal, calm & awaken hidden creativity & imagination.
Unfortunately this experience is not always available, especially to those attending schools in less affluent areas. A unique, "out of the box", one of kind program has been created through strong partnerships in the area of arts & Education to deal with this issue.
We, the Community Arts Council of Richmond, a registered charity, the Arts Connection, a 20-year arts center with a brand new amazing facility and the principals and teachers from, Richmond based Westwind, and Admiral Seymour, from the DTES, Elementary schools have joined forces to make a difference. By raising funds, applying for grants & donating time and energy. This "Immersed in the Arts - Reach 2 Teach" program began on February 22, 2013!
It bought together students from Westwind's leadership program to mentor and support the students from Admiral Seymour as they enter the Arts Connection together & explore a hands-on ART experience. During their 2 "field trips" each group is exposed to all art disciplines, both visual and performing, are encouraged, praised and introduced to a different type of "school".
Excerpts and photos from the students can be found by going here:
http://www.theartsconnection.org/immersed-in-the-arts-blog-series/ This unprecedented program deserves your donations and attention. We have continued this program through the fall/winter and will and continue this amazing project through ta 3rd session engaging 2 Richmond Schools. However, even with the great support we have received from donors, grants and fundraising, it is an expensive undertaking but one that will benefit everyone connected for years to come.
For information on how you can help us help these students please use the contact us page on this website or
call the Arts Connection at 604-241-0141!
2014 Midsummer Art's Dream 2D Art Exhibition
We are happy to announce that the date has been set for this years, the 3rd ANNUAL Midsummer juried exhibition.
It will be held July 25, 26 & 27 in the annex, again at Thompson Community Center, 5151 Granville St. Richmond BC. It will begin with an opening reception from 6:00 - 8:30 Friday evening and is, of course, free to the pubic to attend.
The deadline for entries is June 27th and the entry form as well as a very important information sheet will be available for download in early March. You can send in your entries as early as possible as that will make the job of the jury much easier than reviewing the work in a hurry. Remember you are mailing the entry form etc. and sometimes the post takes longer than you would expect so please allow enough "travel" time for your entry to arrive.
We want to stress that all who are interested take the time to read the information sheet which contains information VITAL to their participation and a successful show. In 2013 we had over 70 works of art on display and due to the attendance and success of that show we are expecting a greater number of both exhibiting artists/photographers and the viewing public. We also encourage as many artists as possible to bring their own easels for display of their work as this, combined with our grid system, make a much more interesting and professional looking show.
So start your cameras, and get your brushes and paints ready, we want YOU to enter this juried show and as the exhibition space is quite large, we can accommodate more entries than last year. Remember there are 2 peoples choice cash prizes, one for art and one for photography, and if you are a member of the CACR there is no cost to enter.
The cost to enter is a non-refundable $10.00 per work, so if you are entering more than one piece you might want to consider becoming a member, even at the supporting or associate level as a more economical way to enter. We look forward to receiving your completed entry form as soon as they become available or by June 27th, 2014!
VARIETY - THE CHILDREN'S CHARITY HELPS FUND IMMERSED IN THE ARTS
In 2013 the CACR was pleased to accept a grant from Variety - the Children's Charity to purchase art supplies for our Immersed in the Arts - Reach to Teach program!
Bernice Sholten, Variety's Executive Director said " Our mandate at Variety is to provide life-saving, life-changing and life enriching support to children in BC who have special needs." We are thrilled to be able to provide a grant that will help even more students through art therapy
This innovative program, described elsewhere on this site, reaches children who benefit from receiving the experience of being Immersed in all disciplines of ART. The CACR was happy to add Variety to a growing list of sponsors and donors for this "out of the box" program!
At the end of the second Session, we can say that the money was well spent purchasing art supplies and a series of beautiful finished artwork was on display at the wrap up luncheon. Personally this writer was pleasantly surprised at the level of talent shown in this work, once again proving that ART does make a difference in everyone's life!