In a community as diverse as ours, the arts serve as an essential bridge across language and cultural differences. They become the shared link that shapes our understanding of how we see ourselves and each other.
Now more than ever, the Arts Club is focused on building and strengthening our core education programs. Over the summer, I have had the fortunate opportunity to connect with our program directors, students, program alumni, and community members about the impact of our programs. I came away with no doubt that they have had positive long lasting effects on our students. Just yesterday I had a wonderful conversation with a young girl who recently graduated from Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts in Toronto. Her experience through our programs helped her develop a greater sense of confidence, character, and creativity as an artist. She reiterated over and over again that the Arts Club helped solidify her dream of becoming an actor. Similarly, read this blog post by Musical Theatre Intensive alumnus Stewart Barkley, who recently played Enjolras in Les Misérables, to learn about the impact the program has had on his theatrical career.
These are the stories I love to hear, and with our exciting move to the BMO Theatre Centre in just a few short weeks, we are looking forward to the opportunity to build upon programs like our LEAP Playwriting Intensive and our Musical Theatre Intensive. We will continue focus on providing meaningful opportunities for youth to participate in the arts, strengthening our relationships with youth organizations and school groups, and maintaining strong financial resources to support our education programs—both current and new.
We are confident that our students will be the stars of tomorrow. I invite you to help us make that happen by making a gift through our Matching Campaign. Your donation will be matched dollar for dollar by the Y.P. Heung Foundation, providing twice the number of opportunities for youth theatre education.