Last night, as a finale to their week of creative leadership workshops, the 27 Grade 7 students from Britannia Elementary School DARED to inspire their families and friends to be the change in their community in their public Showcase.
Their performances, videos, and artist talk-back session with the audience showed their true leadership. As an example, Hannah, who entered our DAREarts program timidly, stepped up on stage and told the audience how this week’s DAREarts experience helped her find her voice and celebrate her true potential as a leader.
The Showcase featured numerous solo performances by students, dance routines and videos. Moreover, many of the students stepped into the Master of Ceremonies role with astoundingly thought-provoking and joyful speeches they had written for this event!
Parents, including the Britannia Elementary School principal, were moved to tears after experiencing the students’ creative and impactful work.
Yes, inspired by John Aitken’s ‘The Gift’, these kids surely found their own gift to speak through their actions. Now they DARE us to listen.
We would like to thank our amazing DAREarts Vancouver team members, including Shelley MacDonald, Trisha de Luca, Elder Nk’xetko, John Aitken, Brunella Bauttista, Roy Mulder, Karen Myskiw, Lori Sherritt-Fleming, Tracie Stewart, Lori Triolo, Kurt Von Hahn, plus youth mentors Marlo Mason & Amelia Wilson! We would also like to send a special thank you to the students’ great teacher, Justin Borsato, for making this great partnership possible!
Photos courtesy Roy Mulder.
DAREarts is a children’s charity that uses the arts to empower at-risk young people to become leaders. Our lead supporters are Northbridge Insurance, Scotiabank, and TD Bank Group. Supporters of this DAREarts Vancouver program are ArtStarts and Parker Art Salon. We would like to give special thanks to Presentation House and to Britannia Elementary and Secondary Schools.