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May 02
Celebrating the reach of the arts

​The visual arts reaches beyond the canvas or photograph or sculpture to inspire, enlighten and inform in a myriad of ways. As the end of the school year begins to come into focus, it's time to recognize some of the awards that celebrate the impact of the arts.

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Yolande Martinello presents Kory Bogen with the Bill Reid Grant 

for his initiative at Handsworth Secondary School


The Bill Reid Grant

This cultural grant, given by Artists for Kids encourages schools to engage in cultural learning and activities through traditional arts including dance, song, drumming and the making of regalia. The schools must be working with a Squamish or Tsleil-Waututh educator. "We provide $1000 and require at least a $500 matching fund to ensure the initiative has broad support," says Yolande Martinello, Director of Artists for Kids. "The intent is that there is a legacy component to the project, so its impact continues in the school."

After inviting all schools in North Vancouver to apply, a selection committee awarded this year's Bill Reid grant to Handsworth Secondary School. The grant applicant was teacher Kory Bogen. His proposal will see the school celebrate indigenous culture through a dance performance, as well as photo works that will be permanently installed in the school, providing ongoing access to the visual arts for future students. This cross-cultural project involves students in the media arts students, dance, English and First Nations studies. These young people will collaborate to produce a series of images that will stimulate dialogue between the school and the community showing the traditional clothing and performance arts of the First Nations community in North Vancouver, juxtaposed in the institutional environment of the school that is on their traditional lands.

This is the second annual Bill Reid grant. Last year's grant was awarded to Queensbury Elementary School, which used the funds for a weeklong cultural celebration.


Civic Youth Award

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Yolande Martinello and Daylen Luchsinger  

receiving the Civic Youth Award from the District of North Vancouver


Artists for Kids is honoured to receive the Civic Youth award under the category Outstanding Supporter of Youth from the District of North Vancouver. The award recognizes the opportunities that AFK provides youth, as they enter the workforce. Our Youth Teaching Assistant Workshop Primer provided students in the senior grades with training to work with teachers and young people as a teaching assistant. This training allows them to apply to work in our upcoming programs, as well as other assistant programs in the community. We also offer career-learning opportunities through our Photography Enrichment program and our Art Academy. AFK employs about 40 young people each year for short-term work as art assistants. 

We're delighted to continue our commitment to expanding the perspective of and opportunities for young people.

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