Celebration of the Arts

Every year we host a Celebration of the Arts event to showcase the work that the kids have accomplished while attending our Creative Space, Music Academy, and Players Theatre programs.

Since the Resilience Project began in 2014 more than 500 children have had the opportunity to participate in Art based programming provided through some of our 12 partner agencies including Family & Children’s Services.

These programs provide children in our community with a sense of belonging in their community and with their peers, as they have the opportunity to share their work with others and receive encouragement about their efforts. It is often not easy for any of us to get up in front of an audience and perform, whether it is speaking or performing in other ways. The opportunity to perform is an important component of our Resilience Project.

The Arts programming also provides participants with a sense of security, as they were able to use their artistic skills in a way that fosters a positive outlook on their abilities, as well as learn that it is better to make mistakes than to not try at all.

These important opportunities help children strengthen social competence in their daily lives. Culture and traditions shared through art help children and youth connect to culture and heritage, increasing understanding, acceptance of their culture and others. Lastly, the children are able to continue building their strengths to endure the adversity many of them have experienced and establish a commitment to learning, while spending their time constructively creating.

In years past, other organizations and performers have helped us with this celebration by offering us performances of their own. This year we held the concert virtually, but we still had the support of other artists in our community! The AFRO Cultural Enrichment Drumming Circle performed, Joni Neh Rita played some songs for us and White Owl documented the celebration! We also showcased some of the wonderful art that the kids have made at the Family Centre, played a few electronic songs that the kids have made, and played a few fun theatre games virtually. While we were not able to connect in person to celebrate the accomplishments of the kids, the virtual celebration was a wonderful success!

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