Culture for Kids in the Arts is a registered charitable organization dedicated to providing high quality arts experiences to children and youth, regardless of their financial circumstances. Designed to promote arts in education, Culture for Kids in the Arts programming encourages students to expand their learning potential through their natural enjoyment of the performing, visual and media arts.


Vitek Wincza, Artistic Director of the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts, recognized through his own experience that arts programs can motivate and inspire learning. His passion to remove barriers for full access to the arts ignited this dream. From this dream, he designed arts programs that would be inclusive regardless of talent, financial status or heritage. As a result, the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts became the founding partner of CFKA, providing facilities, ex

pertise and resources. Vitek is recognized as Culture for Kids in the Arts Founder and Programming Principal.



Founded in 1996, Culture for Kids in the Arts (CFKA) is run by a volunteer Board of Directors who seek and generate funding for arts programs, oversee the management of programming, finances and budget and the general promotion of Culture for Kids in the Arts and its mission.


  • To establish and implement arts programs designed to promote and support education, appreciation and participation by children and youth in the performing arts
  • To provide visual arts, media arts, dance, drama and musical education and instruction to children and youth
  • To provide financial assistance and scholarships to enable children and youth to participate and pursue career training in the above art
  • To advance knowledge and appreciation of artistic culture and tradition by artistic performances 

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Culture For Kids in the Arts is a registered charitable organization dedicated to providing access to high quality arts programming for Hamilton youth and children for charitable and educational institutions.  The overall program has a mission to provide experiences to students in the Hamilton community that would not exist otherwise.

Through Mentorship, more than 40,000 children and youth have experienced the Arts.  It is an Arts Co-op Program that creates opportunities for secondary students to assist directed art classes in dance, drama, music and visual arts to elementary students in grades 1 to 8 through a series of Ontario Curriculum-focused demonstrations.

Launching in Summer 2010, Artasia is a new city-wide initiative combining visual arts and recyclable materials.  There are artists, children, youth mentors, apprentices, corporations and community organizations working together to create a public art and media installation that expresses the children’s future vision of Hamilton.  The After School Arts Program delivers art, drama, dance and music programs that reach hundreds of school age children (ages 6-12) across Hamilton in collaboration with the Eva Rothwell Centre, the Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club, Today’s Family, Wesley Urban Ministries and the YMCA.

The Connect Project is a performing arts and stage craft school-to-work program that boasts an 85 per cent attendance success rate.  Teens create a performance from scratch to the final curtain call, exposing them to the transferable skills that exist in the Arts and Entertainment business, Canada’s fourth largest industry.  The Scholarship Program supports the most talented students in our programs in living their dreams and full potential, and to fulfill the idea that one artist can inspire millions.

Looking to volunteer, be a donor or support any of the CFKA programs?  Contact Victoria Long-Wincza at: victoria@hcarts.ca