The 2017 DAREarts Toronto Spring program for kids from 26 schools concluded with 150 young leaders. On each grade’s final DAREarts Day, they held a showcase for their families. These intimate gatherings gave each child a platform to say what DAREarts meant to them. They then shared their creativity and knowledge learned from their series of arts workshops.
The DAREarts Grade 4s shared a drama inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream created with Jamie Robinson, a Voyage Song created with Ciara Adams, and an Afro-Caribbean dance learned from Tereka Tyler-Davis. They displayed watercolour self-portraits created with Ilana Van Zyl plus Japanese calligraphy created at the JCCC.
The DAREarts Grade 5s shared a Bharatanatyam Indian dance learned from Suma Nair of Sampradaya Dance Creations, a Baroque dance learned from Jeannette Zingg of Opera Atelier, a song to Handel’s Messiah created with Sarah Hicks, and a Commedia dell’arte drama created with Jamie Robinson. They displayed Chiaroscuro still-life block prints, plus ornate clay shoes created at the Gardiner Museum with inspiration from the Bata Shoe Museum’s galleries.
The DAREarts Grade 6s demonstrated stage combat learned from Erick Fournier and Louisa Zhu, dramatic insults from Cyrano de Bergerac, a ballet created with Hannah Mae Cruddas of Ballet Jorgen, and a gargoyle opera created with Cathy Nosaty and Alix Sideris. They displayed Impressionist-inspired landscapes created with Sann Sann Lam, plus clay gargoyles created at the Gardiner Museum inspired by Casa Loma.
The DAREarts Grade 7s shared an Afro-Contemporary dance learned from Tereka Tyler-Davis, West African-inspired drumming they learned from Rufus Glassco of Rhythm Kingdom, a fashion show of 20th Century-inspired fashions they sewed with Lise Godel, and Blues lyrics they wrote with Jazz.FM91’s David Wall, Rob Christian, Lucian Gray, and John Mavrogiannis. They displayed mixed-media pieces created with Gloria Hope.
The DAREarts Grade 8s held a special graduation celebration at the Bata Shoe Museum. Read about their evening here.
We thank our youth mentors: Iris Benedikt, Kiranpreet Kaur Bhangu and Dante Scholar. We also thank volunteers Bonnie Masina and Riina Muzaffar and especially our volunteer photographer, Alan Dunlop.
DAREarts appreciates its supporters including National Supporter: Northbridge Insurance; Lead Supporters: Anne Livingston, Scotiabank, TD Bank Group and the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario; Education Partner: the TDSB; Grade 8 Class Sponsor: Bank of America Merrill Lynch.