Kaleidoscope is an inter-cultural five-year program providing arts education to under-served school communities across Scarborough. The program was initiated and developed by Scarborough Arts after a year-long needs and capacity-building study which found that, despite the fact that Scarborough contains some of the most diverse neighbourhoods and schools in Canada, arts and cultural programs are limited particularly for newcomers, youth, and culturally-diverse communities. In response, Kaleidoscope integrates arts disciplines, including performing arts, digital arts, and traditional and contemporary cultural arts, to expose children to different ways of life and creative expression.
Kaleidoscope works in five Scarborough schools, namely: Warden Avenue Public School, Silver Springs Public School, Military Trail Public School, St. Boniface Catholic School, and St. Dunstan Catholic School. Sessions are led by professional artists including Juno-nominated Canadian actor and playwright Marvin Ismael, dancer and choreographer Jason Yorke-Best, Canadian Spoken Word Champion … Read More »
Who are our members? What are their stories?
Enjoy our intimate video profiles of select SA artist members.
As a celebration of diversity during Asian Heritage Month 2012, we produced three spectacular, intimate video profiles of selected Scarborough Arts Members. We’re celebrating our members while reaching out to new audiences, SA members and potential SA supporters. This is an ongoing initiative.
Scarborough Arts acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council Arts Investment Fund for this initiative.
SA Behind the Scenes:
In-Development: Scarborough Arts Podcast
We have the capacity, we have the creativity, and we have the technology. In our position as the well established Local Arts Service Organization (what is a LASO?) we have the connections to reach out to a diverse, engaged cultural network.
Stay tuned in the late summer/early fall for the first Scarborough Arts Podcast; celebrating creativity and exploring the cultural fabric of Scarborough. This will be an ongoing experiment, where we can all flex our muscles as cultural leaders and artistic stewards of the East.
Please let us know if you’re interested in contributing.
Seeking Tech Guru: We’re currently looking for a tech guru who can help us capture the recordings and then edit together the first podcast. We’ve got some sweet USB microphones: 2x Snowball Mics from Blue Microphones, in order to capture clean, crisp recordings, but we … Read More »
SA Behind the Scenes:
The Bluffs Gallery is alive!
Rob Snikkar has just left, after installing some interesting things.
He has made my brain hurt (in a good way) with his new mobiles and music paintings.
Drop by 1859 Kingston Road to check it out. Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm.
Learn more about Rob here: www.snikkar.com
SA Behind the Scenes.
Ben here (SA Program Director), with the first ever post of what I’d like to call “SA Behind the Scenes”. There is always so much happening in-house that doesn’t necessarily make it out into the public eye.
Throughout May, it’s been like a bee-hive here! Amongst many other things, we’ve been working on a three-pronged celebration of diversity, during Asian Heritage Month. 1) We’ve produced three spectacular, intimate video profiles of select SA artist members. 2) We’ve worked on the translation and integration of useful Scarborough Arts info in 5 new languages, which we’ve incorporated onto our website. Check out the orange characters in the top right area of your screen. 3) We’re launching a print media ad campaign in four local ethnic media publications. We want to raise awareness of the work that we do, and also give people … Read More »
Years: 2008 – 2012
A collaborative project between Scarborough Arts, Not Your Average Daycare, East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club, Children’s Aid Society of Toronto and Aisling Discoveries.
Scarborough CARES is a fully mobile, digital after school program for youth ages 6 to 12 provided with no cost to the parent or hosting school. Outfitted with a wide range of digital equipment (cameras, tripods, laptops and creative software) CARES encourages the “middle years” to get hands on with technology, teaching them useful skills and tapping into their creativity in a fun & digitally-savvy environment.
Working in different mediums with various digital art equipment and software, CARES combines imaginative storytelling and technical training while encouraging children to explore personal and social issues close to them. At the same time, CARES provides a safe and creative space where children can have fun while they learn.
CARES is … Read More »
I Have a Dream (IHAD) was a dance collective movement involving youth ages 15-19 years old. This dance collective led by youth and for youth engaged self-taught youth dancers and encouraged them to pursue dance through knowledge, experience and available resources needed to be successful in the field. IHAD was a Collaboration between Scarborough Arts and the I Have a Dream Collective, funded by the Laidlaw Foundation.
In 2010, youth across the Scarborough region auditioned for their part in the I Have a Dream collective movement in hopes of taking part in the 2011 dance workshops. Entering the intensive IHAD workshops, each of these individuals were able to refine their self-taught moves with the help of professionals from the Larchaud Dance Project. Together, they explored three dance genres: Hip Hop, Contemporary and Pair Dance. Each of these genres provided IHAD dancers … Read More »