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 "Reach 2 Teach" program began on February 22, 2013!
It brings 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
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 are planning to continue this amazing project through this semester and beginning again in the fall semester. 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!
2013 Annual General Meeting
Will take place Thursday November 21st at 7:00 PM. The Arts Connection as graciously offered us the space to hold this VITAL meeting. The Arts Connection beautiful new facility is now located at #5 - 12491 #2 Road in Richmond, just a couple of blocks south of Moncton St. on #2 road. It is an industrial type complex, so just drive in, look for the sign and there is lots of free parking.
Members and non-members are invited to attend this important meeting, where you become current with our activities during the past year as well as some of what we have planned for 2014. We need as many members as possible to attend, because the count taken at this AGM is used by several granting bodies to determine interest.
So please join us, there will be refreshments and some lovely door prizes to be given away. In addition the election of the Board of Directors will take place. Nominations will be accepted from the floor, or you can contact us directly if you wish to put your name forward for either an executive position of if you are interested in just sitting on the board, we welcome you to step forward.
A FUNTASTIC, ARTASTIC DAY FOR KIDS
Was held for our 2013 Culture Days event at Thompson Community Center from 11 - 5 and despite the horrible weather over 200 people turned out to take part in the "hands on" free activities.
They could "Play with Clay", make a mask, colour a card, have fun making shapes with Playdough or paint a bug on a rock. Once dry, they could take their new piece of art home with them.
Judging by the amount of supplies we went through it looks like most of the children had a try at everything! We even ran out of rocks and cards shortly before the days' end. The number is double last year and the fact that those who came, stayed for some time, tells us that it was a SUCCESS! We were even planning what new activities we can introduce for next year before the day was over.
Thanks is due to the City of Richmond, the Province of BC and Thompson Community Center, as well as all the volunteers who helped make the day a fun and inspiring one. We sincerely hope that everyone who participated had as much fun as the smiles on their faces indicated.
VARIETY - THE CHILDREN'S CHARITY HELPS FUND IMMERSED IN THE ARTS
The CACR is 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 says " 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 will benefit from receiving the experience of being Immersed in all disciplines of ART. The CACR is happy to add Variety to a growing list of sponsors and donors for this "out of the box" program!
2013 Grand Prix of Art
Once again the CACR was involved as a partner in this very popular event held in Steveston and at Britannia Heritage Shipyards, bunk house September 21 - 29th.
The "plein air" painting contest took place in and around Steveston on September 21st and the work remained on display until the 29th to tie it in to Culture Days.
We were happy to partner with Phoenix Art Workshop organizer Mark Glavina and donated the coveted people's choice award as well as the 2nd and third place juried winners.
More artists than last year participated, helping to make this years' even the best ever! So much hard work, by so many volunteers under the guidance of Mark, goes into ensuring that this event is such an exciting event for participants and the public alike.
We would like to thank the City of Richmond and the Province of BC for grant funding to allow us to support this fun and unique event!