Cultural Charities in Toronto
By Elli Davis, October 19, 2011
Drawing by Peter Lindberg
In one of my latest articles, I gave you a little insight into Toronto‘s environmental charities. The environment is not the only aspect of life we care about here, however. This city has a wonderful, vibrant cultural life, a large part of which are arts and culture related charities. Take a look at some of them, they might interest those who want to support culture in Toronto.
Not all talented children and young people have enough financial resources to pursue their talents. Since 2000 Art City in St. James Town, the largest high-rise community in Canada, has been trying to change this fact by providing “free, accessible art programs” to the children and youth of St. James Town. The programs aim to contribute to children‘s happiness and creative thinking as well as improve their self-esteem. Art City, as a registered charity, keeps going thanks to its amazing supporters. You can easily become one of them by donating. You can make a monetary donation, but computers, furniture, and art supplies are also very much needed. If you have nothing to give, you can simply volunteer and help to change young people‘s lives in that way. Learn more about the charity at its official website.
Drum Artz Canada (DAC)
The main aim of Drum Artz Canada, a Toronto-based charity founded in 2004, is to “establish educational programming through world music, percussion, dance, visual arts and theatre.” As the organization was originally created in the Davenport-Perth community, its programs were oriented especially toward those living there. However, it has become helpful to everyone, regardless of age, gender, class, race, or ability. All people have a right to enjoy the programs under the leadership of professional artists the DAC provides.
The greatness of this charity has been proven by the awards it has received. Last year, 2010, was spectacular for Drum Artz; the charity was selected as the Royal Bank of Canada’s Charity of the Year, and it was also honoured at the City of Toronto Mayor’s Art Lunch with Mayor David Miller. DAC, too, very much depends on the contribution of its supporters. If you choose to donate, just imagine: $9 a month would provide one child with all the necessary art supplies. Volunteering is greatly appreciated as well. If you are interested, check out their webpage to for more details on how you can help.
For young people by young people is a phrase that pretty much summarizes the goals and activities of MusicBox. This charitable organization was founded by Sharon Kour and Shazeen Suleman in 2002 and is now run by University of Toronto students. The basic idea behind the charity is that “music education should not be a privilege limited to those who can afford it.” Its main objective therefore is to provide all children with high quality activities such as lectures and workshops, regardless of their background and possible disadvantages.
For MusicBox to keep functioning, donations and volunteers are essential. The job of a volunteer is not difficult; their help in the classroom is crucial, however. If you cannot afford to donate, it is an ideal way to support the organization. Another good and very welcome way to help is fundraising. Choose what you can do best and contribute to improving the lives of our children. To learn more about MusicBox, see its webpage.
Art for All Canada (AFAC)
It is tough for young artists to get some kind of recognition for their work. To help talented people show the world their creations, Sheila J. Mitchell, herself an artist, has founded Art For All Canada. The organization helps young artists to exhibit their work through galleries and various shows without paying commission fees. By doing so, AFAC aims to “have affordable genuine, original art in every Canadian office and home by 2020.”
If you are an artist waiting for your big chance to break through, do not hesitate to check out the webpage for contact details. The same advice applies to all those who want to help AFAC, either by donation or by purchasing the work of one of the young artists the organization has been supporting.