For its tenth anniversary, many Canadian schools are daring to draw by creating their own unique greeting cards to sell for $5. Annually, over 3000 local children in the area participate in the program as part of the Headwaters Arts Festival. Through their art, children and youth take on responsibility as caring Canadians by helping children in remote Canadian First Nation communities.
DAREarts works extensively with Canadian First Nation communities including Webequie, Marten Falls, Attawapiskat, and Shubenacadie to empower children to build their courage, confidence and leadership skills to meet life’s challenges.
DAREarts subsidizes the costs of having a local artist work with the children in several schools, exposing them to local talent and professional artists. By creating cards, children will DARE to draw attention to the unique challenges faced by our Canadian Aboriginal youth as they wage war on poor nutrition, poverty, isolation, substance abuse and teen suicide. Working together with communities will make a difference in the lives of children and youth.
The project is recommended for grades three and up. When schools participate, it teaches the children about citizenship as they see how their art can help others. It can also be used as a fundraiser for the school in addition to providing funds back to the DAREarts charity.
|Yiming, age 12
The printed cards are also available for purchase through DAREarts. For more information, or to register your classes to participate in this remarkable life lesson please call 1-888-540-2787 or visit our website.