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By supporting Place des Arts, you play a vital role in making the arts more accessible to our community. Your donation empowers us to provide high-quality free and low cost arts education programs and events to people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. Join us in our mission to inspire the artist in everyone by donating today.
As a non-profit organization, we rely on the generosity of our supporters to help us remove financial barriers to the arts. Every contribution, no matter the amount or frequency, makes a difference to low-income children and families who may not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in the arts.
I owe so much to the PdA community because it has shaped my identity and career as an artist. When I was a kid, my elementary class went on a field trip here and explored various art materials. Creating art alongside others was such a pleasurable experience that really stuck with me. It was only one event, but this one fond memory led me back to PdA more than a decade later.
During my bachelor’s, I contemplated my career and asked myself “What is really important to me?” My answer: Making art and connecting with others. So I made a goal to get into a master’s for counselling psychology and art therapy. Part of the requirement to be accepted into that program was to have more than 270 hours of art-making at a studio in the community. Then I remembered PdA and my time there as a kid.
I couldn’t think of a better place to make art! I took classes for oil painting, acrylics, watercolours, and pottery. The teachers, other classmates, and staff not only refined my skills as an artist but showed me that I had a place to belong. With the help of PdA, I eventually accomplished my dream and I’ll graduate next year as a clinical counsellor and art therapist!
– Angela Torres
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