Our mission is to provide all children with the opportunity to develop life skills by exploring their potential through arts experiences.
The artsREACH Society is pleased to report another successful year of programme delivery. We are currently celebrating 12 years of continuous delivery of fine arts workshops. artsREACH provides children with opportunities to develop life skills by participating in high-quality arts programming they may not be able to access otherwise. For these children to participate at no cost, funds are raised through grants, donors, sponsors and other events. Since 2005, more than 30,000 children have participated in an artsREACH workshop delivered at their public elementary school in the Greater Victoria area. Professional local artists, actors, and dancers teach all of our workshops.
The artsREACH programme includes three in-school programmes: visual arts, dance and theatre. All programmes continue to be in high demand. We also continue to offer six-week after-school programmes in visual arts and theatre.
Message from the President
As the President for the past two years, I am happy to report that just when I think I have learned all there is to know about the inner workings of this organization I still find I have more to learn. My work, as a volunteer member of this Board, keeps me on my toes but also makes me so proud of all the workings and events connected with artsREACH. In our 2016-17 Annual Report you can read in detail about the children’s visual art, theatre and dance workshops delivered by our amazing and dedicated instructors, as well as our organized events. These include the 10th Anniversary Colour Your Palate, We Jam for Kids!, the Ogden Point Christmas Light Up, Family Fun Day, the Moss Street Paint-In, and our 1st Annual Pop-Up Shop.
Although our Board has continued to evolve, the following staff members have kept the day-to-day operations running smoothly for the past year: Gaylia Lassner, our administrator and development officer, Brigid Skelton, who handily took over for Erica Petty (our Programme Coordinator) while she was on maternity leave, and Angela Hemming, our Marketing/Communications Coordinator. We are grateful to Valerie Sing Turner who has maintained our grant-writing contract, and to Beth Threlfall who has continued to keep our supply room equipped and ready. Janice Green stepped up to fill the new position of Volunteer Coordinator and learned to use Volunteer Victoria’s “Better Impact” system that tracks, communicates and matches volunteers with activities. It has been my pleasure to work with the Members of our Board, all of them so passionate and dedicated in supporting the vision and mission as first developed by Marilyn Sing and her Board. I thank everyone involved for their service!
As Albert Einstein said, “Logic will get you from A to B but imagination will take you everywhere.” artsREACH encourages children to take risks and imagine while making art. If you have never volunteered to help kids make art, you don’t know what you have missed. Please join us!
Anne Nilsen, Board President