“I gave the money to the other kids,” says three-year-old Ella, who might be Arts Umbrella’s littlest donor. “Now other kids can dance.”

At her third birthday party, Ella’s family asked guests to consider a donation for Arts Umbrella instead of a gift.

“She’s very aware,” says Ella’s mom, Carey, adding that the family often talks about helping people. But like most young artists, Ella is just as focused on visiting Granville island’s parks and dancing in her imagination through Movement class.

“Ella loves dance,” says Carey, “So we’ll definitely be at Arts Umbrella for a long time.”

Thank you, Ella! We’re so grateful to you and all of our donors and supporters who help us provide free community programs for thousands of students each year.