DAREarts is a Canadian charity that uses educational experiences in the arts to empower children and youth facing life challenges, with confidence, courage and leadership skills to unlock their potential and ignite change in their lives and communities.
Founded in 1996 by teacher and pianist Marilyn Field, DAREarts programs have inspired over 190,000 children and youth, aged 9 – 19, in rural and urban communities across Canada. DAREarts annually exposes over 10,000 children and youth to diverse cultural opportunities that they would not otherwise experience.
Thoughts About Art and Community
DAREarts uses the arts as a tool to empower children and youth who are facing life challenges, to realize their individual strength and uniqueness, unlock their potential for positive personal expression, and to ignite change in their lives.
DAREarts provides a variety of out-of-school arts programs that DARE children and youth to find their own voice as they engage in music, dance, drama, visual arts, architecture, fashion, literature, photography, videography and culinary arts experiences. The students also practise the values of Discipline, Action, Responsibility and Excellence as they build their courage, self-esteem and leadership skills to take on life’s challenges. By teaching their peers what they have learned, they are empowered to become leaders, not followers, and ignite change — in their own lives and in their communities.
With guidance from art professionals, students have an opportunity to participate in a variety of specialized out-of-school workshops such as music, drama, literature, dance, fashion, architecture and visual arts. These experiences help students overcome life challenges and motivate them to reach their full potential. They build their self-confidence, courage and leadership skills to take responsible action and make positive life choices. The students, in turn, then share their experiences with their school classmates and influence their peers in building safe and vibrant school communities.