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Profile Highlight: The Possibility Fund (Prologue to the Performing Arts)

As ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory grows, we realize that it’s a bit overwhelming to read through all of the profiles. We’re hoping that by occasionally highlighting some profiles on our blog, you may learn about an initiative that you may not have initially seen in the directory. Also, if you know of a Canadian community-engaged arts for social change initiative that isn’t in our directory, but should be, please let us know! We love and need your input/feedback in building this resource! -Lisa, Content Coordinator at ArtBridges.

“Established in 2005 in response to a lack of arts programming available for young people in communities across Ontario, the Possibility Fund subsidizes performances and workshops in schools that are identified as under-served by district school boards.

The Possibility Fund addresses issues of equity caused by limited school arts budgets, inadequate fundraising capacity at schools in under-served communities and marginalization of young people due to their socio-economic status, cultural background or other factors.

Currently involving a partnership with the Toronto District School Board and also reaching some schools outside of the GTA, Prologue is seeking to expand this initiative to engage young people in under-served, Northern and rural communities across Ontario.

Prologue to the Performing Arts (Prologue) is a not-for-profit charitable organization that facilitates access to high-quality performing arts experiences in schools and communities across Ontario. In 2017, Prologue celebrated 50 years of reaching young people through engaging and impactful performances and workshops in dance, theatre, music, storytelling, spoken word poetry and more.

Prologue supports a diverse roster of 40 artists and companies who bring the very best in live performance to Ontario schools.”

To read more about The Possibility Fund and Prologue, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Kaleidoscope Program: collaboration kicks off 3rd year of high-quality cultural arts programs in schools (Scarborough, ON)


High-Quality Arts Program Kicks Off 3rd Year of Art, Culture, and Diversity in Scarborough Schools
Kaleidoscope Program

“Scarborough contains some of the most diverse neighbourhoods in Canada, yet the provision of high-quality cultural arts programs in schools is limited, particularly for newcomers, youth, and culturally diverse communities. Kaleidoscope, a collaborative project by Scarborough Arts, involves five schools, seven collaborative partners, and a growing list of community organizations, all working together to address these needs over the last two years. The Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario, awarded a grant to support the five-year project that launched in January 2012.

The school-aged participants of the Kaleidoscope program experience different art forms and explore diverse cultures through a series of workshops led by prominent and professional artists. Two-hour workshops are delivered twice a week over five weeks. Partnering with Scarborough Arts to implement this initiative are Catholic Cross-Cultural Services, Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, Mural Routes, University of Toronto Cultural Pluralism in the Arts program, Harmony Movement, and Diaspora Dialogues. The school program is delivered in five Scarborough elementary schools including Silver Springs Public School, Military Trail Public School, Warden Avenue Public School, St. Boniface Catholic School, and St. Dunstan Catholic School.

“The response to our school and community programs has been overwhelmingly positive, which underscores the need for programs like this. After two incredible years, our excitement hasn’t waned and we look forward to expanding our reach,” says Manager of Children’s Programs Tamla Matthews-Morgan. “Five-year funding means we can meaningfully engage people for a significant amount of time. It has been incredibly fulfilling to watch a program impact everyone from the inside out over time.”

Kaleidoscope includes a variety of artistic disciplines while exploring themes of dultural heritage and diversity. Artists on the roster include 2013 Scarborough Walk of Fame inductee and spoken word artist Dwayne Morgan, photographer Kat Rizza, and veteran drummer and performance artist Keith Pascal.”

-from Scarborough Arts press release, November 13
Read Scarborough Arts’ profile in our Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map