Raise an Artist: helping us all see differently

 

Ontario Arts Council

Arts Education Project Grant

 

Raise An Artist: helping us all see differently was an Arts Education Project Grant developed by Jeannette Lorito in 2006. This grant was awarded to Lorito by The Ontario Arts Council and implemented with their support and funding.

 

See Differently was an Ontario community-based rural/urban learning exchange between inner-city, at-risk children in Regent Park and professional Artists in Halton Hills.

 

Jeannette taught art and business skills workshops in Regent Park that helped to facilitate the development of artistic potential in children. The workshops culminated in an art exhibition in Halton Hills that bridged these two communities. It linked professional Artists with developing Artists, Educators, business owners and community members to promote visual arts in education and to increase public awareness of the value of the arts. All proceeds from the Art Show Scallywags went to the Artists and to the Regent Park Community for future art initiatives.

 

The success of the Raise an Artist Grant lied in the bridging of communities and the shared promotion and celebration of the belief that everyone sees differently.

 

This Grant was the inspiration for the arts education organization The Raise-an-Artist Project, founded by Jeannette Lorito.