DAREarts Foundation Inc. for Children

DAREarts Foundation Inc. for Children

April 22, 2009 09:05 ET

Media Advisory: Moose Lake Pas de Deux New Charles Pachter Painting Honours Karen Kain

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 22, 2009) - Karen Kain, Artistic Director of the National Ballet Company of Canada and one of international ballet's finest stars, has been chosen to receive the DAREarts Foundation's 2009 Cultural Award, along with Paul Henderson, motivational speaker and beloved hockey hero of the 1972 Canadian national hockey team.

Both an artist and an arts advocate, Karen Kain has been a DAREarts Mentor for ten years. She has welcomed children behind the scenes at the National Ballet of Canada to provide a glimpse of rehearsals, classes and the life of a ballet dancer. And in 2007, she launched YouDance, a dynamic new outreach initiative in partnership with Canada's National Ballet School. Working with school communities, YouDance develops the students' understanding of dance as an art form, a form of self-expression and as a means of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Marilyn Field, DAREarts founder and director, first thought of a special way to honour Karen Kain, with the help of acclaimed artist Charles Pachter, one of DAREarts committed and passionate mentors. A Canadian icon himself, Charles Pachter is known for his salute to Canadian history. It was Pachter's Queen and Moose series of paintings that captured Field's attention; and as she does so well, convinced the artist to create a work in Karen Kain's honour. Moose Lake Pas de Deux places the ethereal Kain in true Pachter territory - at the edge of lake - in the company of a moose. Moose Lake Pas de Deux wll be offered for auction at DAREarts' Gala Fundraiser April 22nd at the Liberty Grand, Toronto.

DAREarts is a Canadian, not-for-profit charity whose arts education empowers 'at risk' children to become leaders. DAREarts' unique programs work with at risk 9-14 year olds in both 'inner city' and rural areas, including multiple Toronto Mega City areas. The children explore world cultures and history while they themselves paint, sculpt, sing, dance, compose, design, write, act and create, guided by arts professionals. The DAREarts programs also provide much-needed opportunities for children to discover how to express themselves in positive ways and to experience a broader range of activities beyond what is available to them. The children gain leadership skills by returning to their schools and teaching their classmates what they have learned.

Celebrating its 13th year, DAREarts influences over 120,000 Canadian children annually.

Hosted by CTV's Marci Ien, the gala event takes place at the Liberty Grand, Exhibition Place, which will be transformed into a celebration of spring by renowned Canadian event designer Sinclair Russell and the students of the Interior Design program at Seneca College.

Guests will enjoy both a silent and live auction and entertainment by ballet dancers and hockey players during the cocktail hour, and will be welcomed into the dining room by a representation of the 300 spectacular voices of the DAREarts Children's Jazz Choir under the mentorship of internationally acclaimed jazz master, Dr. Barry Harris. Dinner will be followed by presentation of the Cultural Awards to Kain and Henderson, and recognition of six outstanding young "graduates" of the DAREarts program, to be presented the DAREarts Leadership Awards.

Presenting Event Sponsors for the gala are, Lombard Canada, Guy Carpenter and Scotiabank. Other key sponsors are BMO Bank of Montreal, HKMB-HUB International and TD Financial Group.

For more information, please visit www.darearts.com.

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