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Guts, not Guns! DAREarts Kids Speak Out

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I will not stop talking

DAREarts student visits Enoch Turner Schoolhouse

On Thursday, March 7, 2013, at 7:00 p.m., at North Albion Collegiate Institute (NACI) in Northwest Etobicoke, 150 DAREarts children from 17 Northwest Etobicoke TDSB schools in grades four to six will send a shout-out for pride and courage.

One DAREarts child will not be participating in the Winter Promenade ShowcaseCarllana will be in Jamaica supporting her mother and nine sisters at her brother’s funeral. In a response to the shooting death of 15 year old Jarvis Montaque, 150 kids will stand up and raise their voices to challenge the forces that threaten the health, safety and emotional well-being in her community.

In fact, at the same time, they are daring thousands of kids their own age to do the same. Carllana will take that dare with her to Jamaica to be with her family.

For the past 17 years, 170,000 children have come to DAREarts from circumstances that disallowed them the benefits from the arts that more fortunate children take for granted. Visits to a museum. A pottery class. Ballet lessons.

This winter, the Rexdale children learned about history, architecture, the living arts, visual arts, music and more. Then they returned to their classes to teach their peers what they learned, and speak up about courage, excellence and leadership.

They engaged in hands-on creations of their own, guided by the professional artistic community.

A day in the life of DAREarts

DAREarts student at the National Ballet School

They visited and work-shopped with several arts organizations: Bata Shoe Museum, ROM, Gardiner Museum, Canada’s National Ballet School, Ballet Jörgen, Long & McQuade, Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, Opera Atelier, AGO, Clearview Arts and Cultural Centre, the Campbell House, St. Paul’s Basilica, U. of T. Faculty of Music and the Walmer Centre.

Now, they will take what they’ve learned and turn their own experiences, dreams and fears into a staged DARE. This year’s Promenade will not only showcase their talents, it will also be a message to their communities. “We will not stop talking!” With so much violence around them, it’s time we listened. Maybe they have an answer. Maybe they ARE the answer.

A Chance to Shine

The evening’s showcase performance will include several segments that reflect the rich cultures and colours of the GTA. From “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” in Mandarin, an Indian dance to Afro-Cuban dancing, and an operetta in Spanish. In addition, a visual art display will describe our kids’ lives and inspire us all.

DAREarts is a Canadian not-for-profit organization, which stands for “Discipline, Action, Respect, Responsibility and Excellence in Education”. DAREarts’ five-year program works with 9-14 year olds from schools in high-priority neighbourhoods, empowering them to become leaders. DAREarts thanks its lead supporters: Northbridge Insurance, Ontario Arts Council and Ontario Trillium Foundation.

For media information contact:

Cathy Elliott, Director of Communications DAREarts, Tel: 905-729-0097 Cell: 416-948-4128 Email: celliott@darearts.com

Vince J Ciarlo , Ciarlo Communications  Tel: 416-763-3783, Cell: 416-458-5090 Email:   vciarlo@ciarlo.ca


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