We acknowledge the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia, Djavad Mowafaghian Foundation, Dakralda Properties, the Highbury Foundation, Lohn Foundation, and RH Architects.
Theatre, Visual Arts, and Dance | Ages 9–13
Location: Various elementary schools in Surrey and Vancouver
Weekly instruction in elements of performing and visual arts helps students develop creative expression and self-confidence. Working in groups supports positive peer connections, while exploring creative expression and the creative process. This engaged program is available to priority after-school programs.
Theatre | Ages 5–10
Location: Kiwassa Neighbourhood House, Vancouver
This program fosters creative expression, self-respect, and teamwork through dance and theatre. Basic dance movements cover a variety of styles, including hip hop and contemporary, to help encourage fitness and coordination in a fun way. Theatre classes explore character creation with games, improvisation, and scene work. The basics of on-stage vocabulary and story-telling help build self-confidence and develop collaboration skills. This program is open to participants in the Kiwassa Children’s After-School program in the Hastings-Sunrise neighbourhood in Vancouver.
Visual Arts | Ages Various
Location: BC Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House Vancouver
In partnership with BC Children’s Hospital and the Vancouver School Board, Arts Umbrella provides visual arts classes to some of BC’s most vulnerable children and teens. Arts Umbrella instructors access units at BC Children’s Hospital for children ages five to 11 and youth ages 12 to 19 to teach various art activities.
In addition, we offer visual art classes at Ronald McDonald House British Columbia & Yukon. The program participants are seriously ill children and teens undergoing treatment for illnesses such as leukemia, brain tumours or cystic fibrosis.
The Creative Arts Program at BCCH is generously supported by:
Dave and Pamela Richardson
The Creative Arts Program at Ronald McDonald House is generously supported by:
Dance | Ages 5–11
Location: Henderson Elementary, Vancouver
Fun and exciting dance instruction fosters balance, coordination, fitness, creative expression, and teamwork. Students learn basic dance movements in a variety of styles, including hip hop and contemporary dance. This engaged program is available to Grades K–5 students of Henderson Elementary in southeast Vancouver.
Dance it Out is generously supported by:
Deux Mille Foundation
Dance, Theatre, and Visual Arts | Ages 3–5
Surrey locations: Oak Avenue Neighbourhood Hub Daycare
Vancouver locations: Britannia Preschool, Crabtree Corner YWCA, Eagles Daycare, Grandview Terrace Childcare, Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House Preschool, Ray-Cam Cooperative Centre Daycares, Strathcona Community Centre Preschool & Daycare
This program provides young learners with broad experiences in many artistic disciplines, allowing them to discover their interests. Through exploring different types of expression, the program supports children’s ability to reach age-appropriate developmental milestones.
Head Start is generously supported by:
John and Nina Cassils
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
Theatre | Ages 7–12
Locations: Strathcona Community Centre & Queen Alexandra Elementary, Vancouver
This eight-month program meets every week, and provides students with a safe environment to learn the basics of theatre. Elements of improvisation, movement, clowning, and storytelling give students tools to practice collaboration while enhancing self-confidence and self-expression. Each week, a nutritional snack is provided. At the end of the year, a public performance is held for family and friends. This program is open to students in Grades 5-7.
Open Stage is generously supported by:
Andrew Mahon Foundation
Bob and Judy Hager Family Fund
Pitblado Family Foundation
Theatre| Ages 13-15
Location: Britannia Secondary School
Open Stage is a full-year theatre arts program delivered to the Junior Social Development Class at Britannia Secondary School. The Class offers a small, protected setting for students with additional learning needs. The program introduces students to a range of acting games, exercises and mediums with the aim of increasing awareness of self and others. Activities may include improv, mime, stage directions, on-camera work, voice-over, masks and clowning. Students have the opportunity to explore, play, perform and socialize. The goal of the program is for students to gain an increased awareness of themselves and of others, and have a positive experience being included as part of a Theatre team, supporting and relying on each other.
The Open Stage Britannia Social Development Program is generously supported by:
Theatre, Visual Arts, and Media Arts | Ages 13–19
Location: Focus Foundation of BC, Whytecliff Agile Learning Centre, Burnaby
The Focus Foundation of BC offers a variety of support services for youth, city-wide. This weekly program provides a fun and safe environment for students to develop self-expression skills through visual, media, and performing arts. The basics of drawing, painting, media arts, and theatre help students discover new interests and methods of expressing their own ideas through art. This engaged program takes place at Whytecliff Agile Learning Centre in Burnaby.