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 since 1996, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
A Grateful Thank You
We are deeply grateful for the generous support we received from the Chawkers Foundation and the R.H. Webster Foundation during the 2016-2017 season of ARTreach.
In the past, ARTreach has received funding from various foundations, companies, and government agencies including: The Chawkers Foundation, CRB Foundation, the EJLB Foundation, la Fondation Jean & Michel Coutu, the Zeller Family Foundation, TD Bank Financial Group, and the City of Westmount. Additionally, we receive funding from private donors for this program. To all of our sponsors, the Centre is deeply grateful.
If you would like to make a donation to our ARTreach program, please click the button below. Alternatively, donations can be sent by mail or in person to our office or they can be made in person.