A Letter From Our Director
In 2007 as a young and highly-driven youth, I was part of a poetry collective which would become one of the first recipients of an ArtReach Grant. We received $10,000 from ArtReach to deliver poetry workshops in schools and create an anthology of works penned by our students. Fast forward to the end of 2017, and not only have I gone on to become an award winning spoken word artist who has taught poetry to thousands of children, youth, and adults across Canada, I also have the honor of holding the position of Director at the very organization that gave me my first chance to pursue my passions and give back to my community.
As the Director of ArtReach, I continue to be humbled by the meaningful impact that ArtReach continues to have on communities through the delivery of programs, projects, and the development of young community leaders. For those of us who were shaped by ArtReach- whether it was through funding, attending workshops, or being mentored by staff- we know that ArtReach has given us so much, while asking so little in return.
As our 12th anniversary approaches and I reflect on the work we have done and the work we hope to do in the future, I ask you now to support ArtReach by making a donation, and to continue to invest in building youth leaders, their arts projects, and the communities they serve.
Although ArtReach began as only a pilot project, the love from community members, youth artists, organizational partners, funders, and a variety of devoted advocates has allowed us to operate for over ten years. With one successful decade already under our belts, we’re more excited than ever for our second!
Between now and December 31st, we are launching our $20 to 20 campaign. With a donation as little as $20, you can help to power ArtReach’s second decade and help us continue to support amazing young people do amazing work in communities across the city.
Don’t have $20 to spare? No problem. We welcome all donations and encourage you to Pay What You Can. Every little bit helps. All Donations over $10 will be eligible to receive a tax receipt. For donations of $1,000 or more donors will be recognized as ArtReach Ambassadors and featured on our website, with a special Thank You from our Team.
As you move through the next weeks of Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Christmas shopping, join me in making a gift to ArtReach, and help us continue to support young people in giving their communities the gift of high-quality, accessible arts programs and projects.
Thank you for over a decade of love and support.
With humble gratitude,
Paulina O’Kieffe-Anthony, ArtReach Director
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