May 12, 2005 11:50 ET

Media Advisory: DareArts-Canada's Artistic Community Joins Forces to Turn Around the Lives of Inner City Kids

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 12, 2005) -

DareArts Has Instilled Leadership Skills in Over 100,000 'At Risk' Children

Did you know?

- Hundreds of Canadian singers, dancers, actors, potters, painters, poets and designers are volunteering their time and talent to teach inner city school children about art throughout the ages in the unique DareArts program that instils leadership skills in 'at risk' children.

- The AGO, Canadian Opera Company, Bata Shoe Museum and the Power Plant Art Gallery amongst others, are also donating their amenities to facilitate these unique learning opportunities.

- Renowned artists, such as Canadian Idol, Ryan Malcolm; the youngest JUNO nominee in Canadian history, Jimmy Bowskill; Edward Asner, Gene Hackman, Karen Kain and others are also champion mentors to this unique arts education program.

About DareArts

It is because exposure to the arts has been proven to improve life performance and school satisfaction, that hundreds of Canadian artists and art-based organizations are lending their time, resources and talent to DareArts.

In DareArts' unique arts education program, 'at risk' children learn about art throughout the ages; paint, sculpt, sing, dance, compose, design, write and create, while being guided by over 125 leading arts professionals; and then experience leadership by returning to their schools to teach their classmates what they have learned.

Over the past ten years, DareArts has instilled in over 100,000 'at risk' kids, the values, self-esteem and leadership skills they need to realize their full potential, to combat the many negative influences in their lives.

Media Opportunity

- Spend a day or a week with DareArts delegates and their artist teachers, and discover why one DareArts delegates said of his experience, "This is the best day of my life." Join them as they learn to dance, sing, sculpt, paint and create, as they never thought possible.

- Meet 15-year-old DareArts graduate and Leadership Award recipient, Shamin Mohamed Jr., who received the Canada-wide 'Top 20 Under 20' Award on Tuesday, May 10th. Once a shy child and now founder of a national children's charity amongst other feats, learn why Shamin attributes his ability to earn this award to his involvement in DareArts.

- Speak to the delegates and their artist teachers about how their involvement with DareArts has changed their lives.

DareArts Week at A Glance: May 16th - 20th

Monday, May 16th - Grade 4 - Medieval Drama Day
Location: Deer Park United Church, 129 St. Clair Ave. W at Avenue Rd.
10:00-12:00 - Puppet-making with puppeteer David Hannan
12:30-2:00 - Medieval Mummers Play with Doug Cowling
2:00 pm: Chinese Lion Dancers

Tuesday, May 17th - Grade 8 - Contemporary Dance Day
Location: Deer Park United Church, 129 St. Clair Ave. W at Avenue Rd.
10:00-12:00 - Hip-Hop Class with dancer David Loewen
12:30-2:00 - Urban Step Dance Class with Joseph Sackey

Wednesday, May 18th - Grade 4 - Medieval Fashion Day
Location: Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge Street at Heath
(2 blocks N of St. Clair)
10:00-12:00 - Heraldry and Crest Creation with teachers
David Hannan & Ann Lyons
12:30-2:00 - Medieval Fashion Creation with designer Ildiko Hencz

Thursday, May 19th - Grade 7 - 20th C. Architecture Day
Location AM: Walking tour beginning at the Art Gallery of Ontario,
proceeding to the Moose Factory Studio - 22 Grange
Place (10:30 am) with artist Charles Pachter
Location PM: Ryerson Community School 96 Dennison Ave.
(Dundas & Spadina)
12:00-2:00pm Architecture Challenges and Playing Card Freestanding
Structure Creation

Friday, May 20th - Grade 7 - 20th C. Music Day
Location: St. Matthew's Church, 729 St. Clair West at Christie
10:00-11:00 - African Heritage Music with musician N'Jacko Backo
11:00-12:00 - Jazz Music with jazz musicians Joe Sealy
and Paul Novotny
12:30-2:00 - Percussion workshop with N'Jacko Backo

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