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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.

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