DAREarts: 20 Years Strong

At the DAREarts Annual General Meeting on January 16, 2017, supporters, Board of Directors, volunteers, artists, alumni and staff gathered to report on fiscal 2016 ending July 31st, and celebrate DAREarts’ 20 years of empowering Canada’s at-risk children!  These young people are so capable when given the chance to ignite their potential.

Grad Elijah Brown gives his acceptance speech at the 2012 DAREarts Leadership Awards
Grad Elijah Brown at the 2012 DAREarts Leadership Awards

DAREarts Founder and President, Marilyn Field, shared her reflections of the past 20 years, “…celebrating the impact of our programs that combine arts and DARE values. As our grads grow into their future, they are still using those values to shape their lives today.  Discipline, Action, Responsibility and Excellence – a framework that began 20 years ago – is still so crucial to so many!”

Grad Elijah Brown, 21, spoke of how DAREarts put him on the right path as a kid surrounded by challenges in Scarborough and how it still resonates for him as he completes his degree in Applied Mathematics at Trent University and trains to swim in the next Olympics.

In F2016, our 20th year, we reached out to over 10,300 kids to encourage them to ignite the change they want to see in themselves and in their communities.  The power of 20 years of DAREarts’ impact enabled us to grow by 8% in F2016 with revenues of $713,537 to end the year with a small surplus.

DAREarts Founder & President Marilyn Field with former Chairman Barry Cracower

The AGM recognized out-going Chairman of the Board of Directors, Barry Cracower, for his considerable contributions and wit with which he led DAREarts.  He commented, “It’s reassuring to see DAREarts growing and looking ahead to the future!”

The Board welcomed incoming Chairman of the Board, Tarik Muzaffar, Managing Director, TD Securities. His leadership will launch our third decade with a DARE-ing goal of reaching a $5M budget over the next 5 years.

The year ahead, our 21st year, presents DAREarts with exciting opportunities to use our values-led arts education programs to empower even more Canadian at-risk kids who need hope to build their confidence and courage to be leaders.

Most importantly, DAREarts needs you: your support and your commitment to investing in the lives of at-risk kids.  Thank you for sharing the past’s successes with us; thank you for leaping into the future’s opportunities with us!

For the full story of the past year’s impact, please see our F2016 Annual Report here.

DAREarts' first Architecture Day in Toronto, 20 years ago!
DAREarts’ first Architecture Day in Toronto, 20 years ago!

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, TD Bank Groupand the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

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