Inner City Angels is a small arts education charity and so relies on the talents and skills of others in collaborative partnerships to ensure the best arts experience for the individual child.
Each project is unique and different with a big idea best designed with layers of rich narratives requiring varied skills, intelligences, experiences and languages.
Our long-term partners are Mariposa In The Schools and Fashion Takes Action. Over the years we have invited other performers including Vancouver’s Minden Duo, Montreal’s Juno Award winning cellist Rebecca Foon and Toronto’s Kaeja d’Dance to take part in interdisciplinary school wide projects. We partnered with Prologue to the Performing Arts and Shadowland Theatre in our five-year Distillery Arts Outreach Saturday series.
And we are now in our 14th year of collaborations with our education partners at York University Faculty of Education. We invite up to 12 teacher candidates to join us in the classroom each year with a purpose to learn from each other and build our individual and collaborative arts practice. We also collaborate with George Brown College in their placements for students studying social work.
This year we also welcome MD candidates from U of T Medicine and Early Childhood Educator candidates from Ryerson University who are supporting us in how best to incorporate STEAM in our practice with the very young.
We are grateful to all our partners and their artistic influences over the years.
Mariposa In The Schools award winning spoken word artist/writer Sheniz Janmohamed collaborates with U of T Medical Degree candidates Catherine Lu and Zach Cloutier on developing their interdisciplinary arts program Mapping the Heart, an Inner City Angels/Mariposa In The Schools arts partnership project ~ PHOTO Kevin Arsenault
These partnerships have led to remarkable experiences and celebrations including an opportunity for students to participate as a choir with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds at Massey Hall, and to create the beautiful film, AWAKE, a blended performance piece of voice, percussion and express dance and flocking EXPRESS DANCE with Kaeja d’Dance as part of our six year residency Hold Up The Sky at Rose Ave PS. As you read through the four pillars and the programs built by our roster artists in collaboration with our partners, you will see the exponential value as a result.
Rose Ave PS student choir with VP Diane Jamieson in concert with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds at Massey Hall thanks to our partnership with Juno award winning cellist Rebecca Foon ~ PHOTO Toronto Star
Inner City Angels supports The Art For Aid Project by donating art supplies to fill art supply cupboards in remote Indigenous schools. Please lend your support to this worthwhile arts partner.
We invite you to get involved.