A Community Galvinized by Art – and a new studio for DAREarts
On Thursday, January 30, Aldo Cundari made a special announcement during the Toronto School of Art’s ribbon cutting ceremony today: “We are pleased to announce today that we have just partnered with a group called DAREarts. To share our space here on Kent Street. DAREarts is an organization that empowers young Canadian children, challenged by life circumstances to unlock their potential through art. By engaging these children in the arts, they are in fact, inspired with a life long motivation for creative thinking and excellence in their lives.”
Marilyn Field, DAREarts Founder, was on hand to celebrate with the artists and faculty on Thursday night. DAREarts now has a place in which to grow and create. “We at DAREarts are pleased to have a new education partner in the TSA with a great space at TSA as our DAREarts Studio. Already, the children we have brought to this space have felt so proud to have their creativity validated by being surrounded by such quality art-making. We believe that this partnership will allow us to reach out to even more struggling young people in our city who just need an encouraging hand to feel empowered to reach their potential.”
The Toronto School of Arts was founded forty years ago by a group of community minded artists who decided that affordable and accessible arts education was needed in their community. It went bankrupt in November, 2012. “There were a lot of deadbolts,” said Brian Bradstreet,”It didn’t look good.” Students and Faculty were left without a place to teach, learn and create. The school has reopened, thanks to three champions, Aldo Cundari of the Cundari Group Ltd., Brian Bradstreet of Hamblin Watsa Investment Counsel and Sol Roter of Liquid Capital Corp., the school is opening its doors again, in its new home.
Paintings that were created by students in Webequie FN are the centre piece for our office, and we will be displaying more work as time goes by. Thank you to TSA for helping us settle in to this vibrant workspace. A big “Hello” to our new neighbours in Bloordale!