DAREarts Foundation Inc. for Children

DAREarts Foundation Inc. for Children

June 08, 2007 10:50 ET

DareArts: Inner City Kids Are Taking up Arms

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 8, 2007) - Tonight, Friday, June 8th, 7:00 pm, at Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St., DareArts kids will present their artistic alternative to guns and gangs. One hundred and forty kids from 27 Toronto District schools will take up their arms: paint brushes, junkyard instruments, puppets and cameras, in a presentation which represents the triumphant culmination of the 2007 DareArts 'All the Arts' program, which has helped over 110,000 kids build self esteem and make better choices about their lives in its eleven year history.

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

The performance 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 area and inner city schools, empowering them to become leaders in their communities through education in the arts.

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 medieval period; Grade 5's the 17th & 18th c.; Grade 6's the 19th c.; Grade 7's the 20th c. 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, tenor Colin Ainsworth, violinist Moshe Hammer, and musician Charlie Kert, with actor Jennifer Gillespie, dancer Khatu Le and Ann Lyons as DareArts teachers. Some of these artistic stars will be performing along with the students on stage next Friday.

DareArts' Education partners include the National Ballet Ballet School, Opera Atelier, The AGO, the ROM, the Bata Shoe Museum, Textile Museum, St. Basil's Basilica, St. Matthew's, Christ Church Deer Park, Sampradaya Dance Creations and the Gardiner Museum. DareArts students use these sites to engage in their various art activities.

DareArts sincerely thanks our generous supporters, without whom this much-needed program would not be possible: Lombard Insurance, CIBC, Guy Carpenter, BMO Financial Group, HKMB, Scotiabank and government sponsors The Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Ontario Arts Foundation.

Contact Information

  • DareArts Foundation Inc. for Children
    Alison Postma
    Director of Communications
    (905) 729-0097
    Website: www.darearts.com