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Organization Name: 
Art City Inc. Toronto
Street Address: 
545 Sherbourne Street Unit 4
City: 
Toronto
Province: 
Ontario
Country: 
Canada
Contact Name: 
Gillian Foster
Title: 
Artistic Program Director
Phone: 
(416) 944-0315
E-mail: 
artcitytoronto@gmail.com
Age Group: 
Children (6-9 years old)
(10-13 years old)
Programs: 
After School Programs
Art Classes
Day Camps
Program Description: 
Art City opened its doors in 2000 as a not-for-profit organization that provides multidisciplinary after school art programs free of charge to children and youth. St. James Town is the most densely populated neighbourhood in Canada. The majority of the residents are recent immigrants, making it one of North America’s most culturally diverse neighbourhoods. Almost 90% of the families living in the neighbourhood have incomes below the citywide average. For these reasons, residents of St. James Town face daunting social issues, have difficulty engaging with the wider Toronto community, and are at higher risk of negative social outcomes. For the young people growing up in the area, it is sometimes hard to avoid these negative outcomes making the need for the safe environment we provide all the more pressing. By providing art-based learning experiences for young people, regardless of their skill and experience, we create opportunities for and facilitate community engagement. By providing a safe and non-discriminatory environment for young people with the help of professional artists and the community, we promote the development of problem solving and interpersonal skills, instilling confidence and teaching respect and tolerance of others. Through the arts, Art City facilitates development and instills a love of positive artistic expression while engaging the youngest members of the neighbourhood with the wider Toronto arts community. Providing the children with this positive refuge, as well as building up a skill set focused on creativity and communication, makes them better able to tackle life’s challenges. The experience has lifelong rather than short-term benefits. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArtCityToronto Twitter: @ArtCityToronto Blog: http://artcitytoronto.wordpress.com/
Genre: 
Visual Art
Multimedia
Photography
Spoken Word
Dance
Facilities: 
Mall/Storefront Creative Children & Youth Centres
Visual Arts Studio

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