History At A Glance
1994: ‘All-The-Arts’ 12-wk spring program began with 20 children from 10 Toronto schools
1996: DAREarts became a registered non-profit charity
1998: ‘Children for Peace’ program began, as part of the international movement ‘On Own Feet’, uniting children to help other children affected by wars and injustices
1998: After-school Children for Peace Choir of up to 80 children participated in international
concert in Prague
2000: Expanded Children for Peace project as part of Headwaters Arts Festival
2001: Children for Peace choir performed at Nobel Peace Prize 100th anniversary
2002: Annual Leadership Awards event began to honour leadership and advancement in Canadian culture
2002: Weekly after-school program, now called DARE2act (D2A), began to support DAREarts teens
2003: After-school music program for children was launched through the Herman Smith Music Trust
2003: DAREarts invited to participate in Canadian Armed Forces’ Junior Ranger summer camps, using arts to promote leadership among youth from Northern Ontario Aboriginal communities
2007: Summer camps led to invitation from Webequie First Nation to develop an Aboriginal arts program in parallel with traditional teachings
2007: Winter session added to All-The-Arts 12- week Toronto program to enable access for children in northwest Toronto schools
2008: DARE2b program initiated in partnership with youth-led ‘Break It Down’ Dance Initiatives, exposing youth to authentic hip hop through educational workshops and inspirational productions that celebrate diversity and promote positive lifestyle
2010: Vancouver program launched in downtown east side in partnership with Vancouver Playhouse Theatre
2010: Aboriginal program officially named Nee-tum-Ochi-bek (First Roots) by a Webequie Elder and the program is extended to Marten Falls First Nation.
2011: ‘First Roots’ Aboriginalprogram launched in Indian Brook First Nation, Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia
2012: DAREarts’ core program now serves over 80 schools and 300 children and operates from December through June, with participation from over 40 arts and culture organizations and over 100 arts professionals.
2013: DAREarts' reach extended to over 180,000 children in underserved communities across Canada: 76% in urban communities, 21% in rural communities and 3% in remote northern Aboriginal communities.
2014: Montreal program launched with 30 youth from Perspectives I and Vezina schools, in partnership with The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, The Canadian Centre of Architecture, The McCord Museum, DHC-ART and Tangente.
Since its inception, DAREarts has inspired over 190,000 children through the arts.
I wish it would never end.