Access To The Arts

expression through creativity

Numerous studies have shown that artwork as a form of self-expression is not only therapeutic, but beneficial for emotional and physical wellness. ACCESS is excited to begin serving youth between the ages of 10-15 years old in a brand new after-school arts program designed to allow youth to channel their creativity in a way that is both productive and fun.

And that’s not all! Youth who are waiting for their turn will have a chance to participate in bit of friendly competition with an ACCESS member in a game of basketball or ultimate frisbee. Last but not least, at the end of each session, youth will have the option to show off their creations on The Bus for others to enjoy, or they can take their artwork home with them!

how it works

  • 4 art stations set up, with stools at each aisle
  • 16 canvases total (four 30 minute sessions per station)
  • Acrylic paints at each station
  • A second, Indigenous Art Station facilitated by an Indigenous Elder and one ACCESS Outreach Mentor
  • The Indigenous station will focus on weaving dreamcatchers and learning about Canadian Indigenous history & culture


Every Friday, May 3 – Jun 20, 2019 Sept 7 – Oct 25, 2019

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