Culture For Kids in the Arts - Programs

Mischa Weisz After School Arts Program

The Mischa Weisz After School Arts Program (ASAP) engages up to 500 school age children (6-12 years old) in weekly arts programs within community centre or after school location across 15 neighbourhoods during the school year (January to June) in partnership with community organizations. Professional arts instructors travel to the different locations and lead hands-on classes in visual arts, music, dance and drama.


ARTASIA is a city-wide arts education initiative combining visual arts, environment, education and literacy that engages children and youth in visual arts workshops and a final public art exhibition. The project is led by an Arts Educator and team of Arts Apprentices (hired from local Post-Secondary and Graduate Schools). The overarching goal is to provide a voice to children and their view of their city, their home- realizing the potential through the eyes of a child. The project challenges the children to look at their community with both a critical and inspirational eye.


ArtWorks Training Program is a skills training program in arts specific fields of dance, drama, media, music, and visual arts with a goal of training young generational individuals inspired to investigate creative industries employment as emerging artists, arts educators and cultural workers such as project co-ordinators & managers. The ArtWorks project is structured in two phases per year: Phase 1 – School Year (September – June) Phase 2 – Summer (May – August) Target participants include three levels of young generational participants: 1/ Recent graduates of college and university cultural programs (Graduate Apprentices) 2/ Current college and university cultural program students. (Student Apprentices) 3/ Secondary school students of Cultural High Skills Major Program (Interns).