The last two years of the COVID-19 pandemic have reminded us of the unquantifiable value of an arts education in a young person’s life. In a time of continuing unknowns, students have been able to count on Arts Umbrella, whether continuing programs online or being able to safely return to our studios at Granville Island, Surrey Centre, South Surrey and our partner locations.
In spite of challenges faced due to the pandemic, we are proud to have served 10,114 children and youth in 2020/2021, 63% of which were engaged in donor-funded Arts Umbrella programming (community programs, bursaries, and scholarships). Over the course of the year, 13 donor-funded community programs in 97 community partner locations (schools, community centres, daycares, etc.) served 6,052 children and youth. A total of 339 bursaries and scholarships were disbursed for students to remove financial barriers and allow them to participate in classes and programs at our Vancouver and Surrey facilities.
We are pleased to share the Arts Umbrella 2020/2021 Annual Report which highlights a truly historic year for our organization. From the continued adaptation of programs and events as we navigated another phase of the ongoing pandemic to the opening of our brand new facility on Granville Island in April 2021, the 2020/2021 year was one of community, collaboration, and perseverance. It is the unwavering support of our staff, families, community partners, volunteers, donors, and funders that allowed this dream to become a reality and propels our organization forward in our endeavour to serve and transform the lives of young people.