Bringing children and the arts together since 1995, Arts Express offers in-school extracurricular arts classes directly in elementary schools, Broadway Creations and Creative Kidz Camps, co-curricular in-school arts workshops for students and educators, and arts-based mental health and wellness programs for school commmunities in Toronto, Halton, Peel, York, Durham and Ottawa.
Danelle Smith McManus, Executive Director
BFA Music Theatre
Since 1995, Arts Express has been bringing children and the arts together in a safe, nurturing and supportive environment. Through our in-school lunchtime and after school programs in drama, dance and visual arts, our literacy storytelling series, co-curricular in-class workshops, Tackling Anxiety and Stress through Arts and Mindfulness (TASAM), and Managing Meanness by Cultivating Kindness, we share our passion for the arts and their well-documented benefits with elementary students in many cities in Ontario. With our CAMPS, we engage our young participants with dynamic and enriching arts-based programs. Our experienced and caring artist-educators will make your child's camp experience memorable and fun. For the younger children, our Creative Kidz camp promotes self-expression and creativity in a joyful discovery of your child's inner artist through crafts, drama games, dance, song, and drawing. Each day is unique and action-packed. For the older children, our Broadway Creations camp fosters an ensemble approach among the campers which, at the end of the week, results in the production of an abridged version of a real hit Broadway musical. Fun, creativity and self-expression are the outcomes you can expect from our camps. We hope to see your young, budding artist soon!
Mona and her daughter, Sarah (not their real names) were a bit apprehensive about registering for our Creative Kidz camp last summer. Mona explained that Sarah, aged 6, was quite shy and introverted and didn't really enjoy new experiences, BUT she really loved doing creative activities. We explained our camp and philosophy to Mona who agreed to try the camp for just the first day, leaving the door open for Sarah if she wanted to come for more days. After the first day, little Sarah reported that she had a "really fun" time at camp and asked her mother if she could go back again. Mona called us back and registered Sarah for the balance of the week. By Wednesday, Sarah could hardly wait for the next day's camp and when it was over on Friday, Sarah was gleeful about her camp experience. The following week, Mona took the trouble to call us to say how much fun Sarah had and how she seemed to be much more outgoing and confident in her outlook and behavior. She was even doing some small art projects at home all on her own. We believe that children today, more than ever, need the arts as a tool to express themselves.