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Arts Access Fund


The Arts Access Fund was established in 2008 to open doors for children, youth, and teens in Toronto who have the passion to develop their artistic talent who would otherwise not have the opportunity to pursue artistic excellence under the guidance of professional artists. The Arts Access Fund works in collaboration with high-quality arts training institutions across the Greater Toronto Area in working towards the mission that art is all encompassing, with offered programs including visual art, drama, music, dance and filmmaking to inspire creativity and self expression.


Young students who qualify for Arts Access Fund support have access to the complete roster of classes offered by Avenue Road Arts School amongst other institutions across the GTA. Additionally, there are visual arts programs led by highly qualified and inspiring teachers that are specifically catered to Arts Access Fund students. This takes form in workshops, after school art courses within inner city schools for students as well as virtual programs. The programs are designed and implemented by practicing artists who have experience and passion working with young creators in facilitating their creative expression through drawing, painting, mixed media, sculpture and more. 
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We truly believe that art, creativity and expression should be accessible to everyone. The impact art has on our lives transcends into our mental, emotional and social well-being. Especially for young creators, involvement in the arts has shown to lead to developed cognitive, communicate and problem solving skills. Avenue Road Arts School courses facilitate the opportunity to guide individuals down their own unique artistic path, whether that be for extra curricular involvement, portfolio development, mindfulness, self growth as well as career goals. Each and every one of us are unique creators and this is something that we strive to demonstrate and nourish. 
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"They are able to build on their interests and talents, or be introduced to an art form they
never even knew existed. Programs such as these, with the amazing instructors, level the playing field for students in
need and at-risk, and can build confidence and passion that help a child to succeed in life.”

Elizabeth Holmes, Principal, Jesse Ketchum Public School