When people ask me what we do at the Foundation it’s always a race to paint a picture of our work before a glazed look appears in their eyes.
I’m not sure why. Perhaps I’ve yet to master the ‘elevator speech’ or try to touch on all facets involved in our day-to-day to justify to the listener why we exist.
If you’re reading this you may already have an interest in what we do. Maybe some social media traffic led you here or you landed here by accident or you are trying to make sense of what I said in the elevator.
Whatever the route, please allow me 6 minutes to explain to you what we do and why we think it doubles in importance everyday in this currently splintered and boxed-in world.
When you provide hands-on experiences in life skills and the arts to thousands of students each year it’s difficult to gauge the effect you are having on any of them.
As a charitable organization that lies just outside of the education system, we’re not privy to what becomes of students as they grow up. We always appreciate hearing from a parent or teacher how one of our workshops lit a flame in a child or provided a path of hope and growth for another, but recognizing the fruit found in a young adult that stems from our work is near impossible.
Imagine our joy then when we found Kristen Nuhn, Masters student:
“Through experiencing a Foundation’s ART | LIFE workshop in Grade 5, I discovered that there was a place for me.”
Kristen is currently enrolled in the Master of Fine Arts in Theatrical Properties program at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign.
From June 5th-14th, 300 performers aged 7-15 from 16 countries will be in Stratford ON, Canada to participate in performances that explore the festival theme “My World, Our Planet”.
As a major partner of the World Festival of Children’s Theatre, performances taking place at Stratford Central Secondary School (SCSS) will be live streamed here beginning at 1PM daily: