Today I was with others of the arts and cultural community in my city, to celebrate the program Creative Kids Saskatchewan, which makes it possible for kids who live in poverty, or have other barriers to arts and cultural experiences, to take music, dance, theatre, art — and to thus have their lives enhanced in the myriad ways that the arts contributes to life.
This morning’s event began with a drumming chorus — 30 kids, a multicultural rainbow of kids playing drums of a variety of ethnic origins in a stirring, exciting, part-song. With no lyrics or melody, those kids made music, joyfully and meaningfully. A hauntingly beautiful song was sung by the girl who inspired the originators of Creative Kids to launch the program a few years ago — a girl who wanted so much to learn to sing, but who didn’t have the means to take the lessons she craved, until Creative Kids made it possible.
Speeches by various notables in the Creative Kids community led up to the announcement we had all gathered for. The Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan has launched a matching donations program — any donations to Creative Kids between now and the end of September will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $50,000. Think how many opportunities for education in some facet of the arts can be provided for $100,000!
To learn more about Creative Kids, you can visit their website by clicking this link, you can check out their facebook page — Creative Kids Saskatchewan, and you can follow them on Twitter @CreativeKidsSK.
I’m delighted to say that in September (yes, I’m planning that far ahead!) I will be interviewing Christie Nenson of Creative Kids as one of my Wednesday Worthies as I spend the month talking about arts education opportunities for kids.
What does your community do to get kids involved in the arts?