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Art dreams….

I just finished reading a New Yorker article about DreamYard, an amazing arts organization in the Bronx, New York.  DreamYard was started 20 years ago to provide arts education to schools whose funding had been cut. Two actors, Jason Duchin and Tim Lord, recruited other artists to teach in public high schools.

DreamYard continues to provide arts education in schools, and now has its own DreamYard Art Centre  AND its own high school, DreamYard Preparatory School.  WOW!  Click here for a brief video about DreamYard.  (You don’t want to miss the two very articulate Grade Five poets!)

I’ve been thinking about DreamYard and Winnipeg’s Art City.  Imagine a world where every neighbourhood has an arts centre, staffed by working artists, open and welcome to everyone.

We all agree (!) that art can save the world. ( DreamYard has some very compelling statistics: 98% of their graduates from the Out of School Programs have gone to college.)  Perhaps it’s time to make fine arts education mandatory in all schools, and available in every neighbourhood.



Congratulations, Wanda!

The Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts were just announced….. and (Winnipeg!) painter Wanda Koop was one of the worthy recipients.

Click here and here to see two very short, informative videos…..(even just to admire her studio!) The videos also give a better indication of the size of her work than the images reproduced here (courtesy of the Winnipeg Art Gallery.)

Perhaps the most interesting and admirable thing about Wanda Koop (besides being an internationally acclaimed artist!) is that she is the founder of Art City in Winnipeg.  Art City is a not-for-profit community art centre providing high-quality art instruction in an inner-city  neighbourhood in Winnipeg.  She saw the need for accessible arts programming, and almost 20 years later, the centre is still going strong.

Art City’s vision statement:  To Dream, To Imagine, To Create.  A Space for Art in Every Life.

Here, here!  The Art Caravan couldn’t agree more.  Congratulations, Wanda!