6/7/2018 1 Comment
Call to Action: Meaningful & Accessible Art Program at Risk of Being Closed! (by Sarah Hedges)
PSST!!! Have you ever heard of the Central Tech Adult Art Program?
No right? Why? Well, we've been hogging it all these years but now Toronto's Best Kept Secret is actually in danger of becoming extinct and those of us in the know would do anything to keep it going, even the sharing of it's existence.
This is serious guys! S.O.S.....SAVE OUR SCHOOL!
Before I get into the dramatic details of the situation, I want to share briefly with you my personal experience and what is has meant to me.
As I began my move away from my life in Expressive Arts Therapy, I wanted the opportunity to learn some new skills to veer my professional career into brand new territory, using the arts but without the therapy, and to do this I needed to broaden my artistic abilities.
Attending the Adult Art program at Central Tech has created so many new pathways. Between networking, deeply exploring many new mediums, and opening up my creativity and willingness to try other mediums not even offered in the program, like jewelry making, there has been so much healthy exploration. I have opened myself right up to such new learning and have both struggled and found solace.
In my youth, I always skulked around the arts, like a lovesick introvert, too hung up to walk away, too shy to jump in. I started out with photography in high school and university because it seemed easier to fake my inability to draw and my lack of a steady hand. In my 30s, I found my feet when I began to paint in my first year of expressive arts therapy school.
As a former Expressive Arts Therapist, I find it a shame that the many new immigrant students that call Central Tech their first Canadian school are not immediately brought here by the guidance department. There are many studies which clearly show the incredible benefits of having non verbal expression to cope with the many complications of being a new immigrant or refugee. Art is such an accessible voice for those who are learning a new language and a new life. With the right support, a welcoming program could be created for landed students.
YEAR END ART SHOW!!!
Come this Tuesday June 12 at 6:30pm to 8:30pm to visit the building, meet the staff and students, both adults and high school, and see this years student work. We are very proud of our achievements and I think, if you like an adventure, you might find yourself back again in the class room.
Call to Action
How can you save the program? By applying! Come meet Your Creative Self!
Contact Trish Boon to learn more about how you can change lives and
influence decision makers to keep this program alive!
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