Art and Community
The VAC’s Outreach Program encourages and facilitates public engagement with the arts. Our goal is to move art more fully into the centre of our lives and to reach those who might otherwise not have the opportunity to participate in the visual arts. We have been actively involved in community outreach programs and projects for the last sixteen years, either on site at the Centre and gallery or out in the larger environment.
Outreach operates on a project by project basis; we work collaboratively with other educational institutions, community organizations, independent artists and social workers, lending our expertise to projects that embrace art as a means of social or individual well-being, conflict resolution, therapeutic intervention, etc.
The Visual Arts Centre has worked with a wide range of partners to provide specialized ceramic programmes and workshops to youth and teens with learning disabilities and emotional and intellectual challenges. We work with teens at risk or with special needs partnering with such organizations as Dans La Rue, L.O.V.E., and numerous teen community centres and inner schools. Through generous funding from various foundations, we have worked with the Montreal Institute for the Blind and the MacKay Centre for the Hearing Impaired. Through partnering with socially engaged multi-discipline artists, other projects have embraced adult populations where the arts are used as a tool for conflict resolution and the promotion of multicultural understanding.
Funding Outreach – You can help!
Projects are dependent on funding. As a non-profit organization, we seek funding from foundations, corporations and government agencies as well as individual sponsors. In addition, we contribute ten percent of the Centre’s fundraising revenues to these projects. If you would like more information or would like to sponsor a project, we would like to hear from you. Please contact us by telephone: 514-488-9558 or e-mail: YOUTH@VISUALARTSCENTRE.CA
A Grateful Thank You
We are deeply grateful to the EJLB Foundation who have generously supported our Outreach programmes for the last sixteen years. We have also received generous funding from The Chawker’s Foundation, le Fondation Jean & Marcel Coutu, the Zeller Family Foundation, CRB Foundation, TD Bank Financial Group, The Webster Foundation and the City of Westmount. To all our sponsors, the Centre is deeply grateful.