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 art 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, bits of intelligence, experiences, and languages. We are now in our 16th year of collaborations with our education partners at York University Faculty of Education. We invite 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 welcome MD candidates from U of T Medicine and Early Childhood Educator candidates from Ryerson University who have supported us in how best to incorporate STEAM in our practice with the very young.
We collaborated for decades with Mariposa In The Schools and, since their closure, honor their work with the MITS Legacy program made up of former MITS performers.
We are grateful to all our partners and their artistic influences over the years.
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 over the last 50 years have led to remarkable experiences and celebrations, beginning with student visits to the Royal York Hotel Imperial Room to sing with Ella Fitzgerald, and in more recent times, a student choir from Rose Ave PS joining Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds at Massey Hall. Our beautiful film, AWAKE, is a blended performance 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.