DAREarts Foundation Inc. for Children

DAREarts Foundation Inc. for Children

June 04, 2009 09:37 ET

Inner City Kids Are Taking Up Arms

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 4, 2009) - On Friday, June 5th, 7:00 pm, at the Walmer Centre, 188 Lowther Ave., DAREarts kids will present their artistic alternative to guns and gangs. One hundred and fifty kids from 30 Toronto District schools in high risk areas of Toronto will take up their arms: paint brushes, junkyard instruments, puppets and cameras, in a presentation which represents the triumphant culmination of the 2009 DAREarts 'All the Arts' program, which has helped over 120,000 kids make better choices about their lives in its thirteen year history.

"Bless DareArts! Our kids (in the Jane & Finch area) need the DAREarts program to prevent further tragedies." Dina's Mom, Ina Atlaye.

The evening, entitled Promenade Through Time, showcases the culmination of the last several months of special DareArts classes, in which visual arts, music, drama, dance, architecture, literature and fashion throughout the centuries has been taught to the students in workshop settings.

DAREarts is a national, not-for-profit organization which stands for "Discipline, Action and Responsibility in Education through the arts". DAREarts' unique 5-year program works with 'at risk' 9-14 year olds from Toronto District and area city schools, empowering them to become leaders in their communities through arts education.

The children explore world cultures of the past and present through activities in which they themselves paint, sculpt, sing, dance, compose, design, write, act and create, guided by over 125 leading arts professionals. Grade 4 children engage in the arts of the 15th & 16th centuries; Grade 5's the 17th & 18th centuries; Grade 6's the 19th century; Grade 7's the 20th century and Grade 8's contemporary arts. The children gain leadership skills by returning to their schools and teaching their classmates what they have learned.

Mentors include arts professionals from all disciplines, including artist Charles Pachter, soprano Rachel Clelland-Ainsworth, violinist Moshe Hammer, actor Adam Waxman, jazz pianist Joe Sealy and musician Charlie Kert. Some of these artistic stars will be performing along with the students on stage. Genevieve Anthony and Ann Lyons are DareArts lead teachers.

DAREarts' many education partners include the National Ballet School, Opera Atelier, The AGO, the ROM, BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir, the Bata Shoe Museum, Textile Museum, St. Paul's Basilica, Walmer Centre, Sampramdaya Dance Creations and the Gardiner Museum. DAREarts students use these sites to engage in their various art activities.

DAREarts sincerely thanks its many generous supporters, without whom this much-needed program would be possible: Lombard Canada, Guy Carpenter & Company Ltd., Scotiabank, BMO Financial Group, HKMB HUB International and TD Bank Financial Group.

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