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Kids Painting Class

BELONG

Inclusive arts experiences for children and youth

Belong description
WHAT IS BELONG?

Belong provides free, quality arts programming experiences for children and youth across London through collaboration with seven community resource centres, and the London Public Library:
 

  • Northwest London Resource Centre

  • South London Neighbourhood Resource Centre

  • Neighbourhood Resource Association of Westminster Park

  • Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre

  • Glen Cairn Community Resource Centre

  • LUSO Community Services

  • Boys and Girls Club London

  • London Public Library

 

The Program will encourage peer to peer creative social interactions, young adult with adult role model opportunities, and artist educator mentor to mentee relationships. The arts experiences will encompass culturally diverse art practices, forms, and themes including social justice, environment and sustainability, social inclusion, exploration, experimentation, and self-reflection. Participants will explore a variety of artistic techniques and processes.

 

Weekly art activities will take place at each of the neighbourhood resource centers and a professional youth worker will be on site to provide additional support.

The goal of BELONG is to:

 

  • Provide high-quality and inclusive arts education experiences for children and youth that promote creativity, self-expression, and sense of belonging
     

  • Support Neighbourhood Resource Centres that serve newcomer and low-income populations with professional artistic programming
     

  • Provide apprenticeship opportunities for aspiring/emerging artists through hands-on and interactive arts education development and delivery experiences
     

  • Provide mentorship opportunities for artists/creators through holistic and life-encompassing coaching

Artwork by past Belong participants

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hybrid body

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IMG_1854

planets

planets

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IMG_1853

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planets 2

planets 2

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hybrid body 2

clay

clay

concertina book

concertina book

printmaking

printmaking

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dream collage

dream collage

clay 2

clay 2

planets 3

planets 3

concertina book 2

concertina book 2

clay 3

clay 3

printmaking 2

printmaking 2

dream collage 2

dream collage 2

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dream collage 3

HOW CAN YOU PARTICIPATE?

Belong provides inclusive arts experiences for children and youth. Exposure to art at a young age is crucial as it is a necessary mechanism for self-expression and reflection. Research suggests that exposure to art at a young age has long-term effects on a person's mental health and motivation for higher education and career achievement.  

If you're interested in your child or youth taking part in Belong, please contact the participating neighbourhood resource centres.

SCHEDULE

*click on each centre's logo to be directed to the corresponding contact page*

Mondays
4:30 - 6:30pm

525 Hamilton Rd.

Thursdays
5:00 - 7:00pm

 Beacock Library
1280 Huron St.

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Saturdays
2:00 - 4:00pm

 1225 Wonderland Rd. N.
Unit 27 A

Thursdays
3:30 - 5:30pm

1119 Jalna Blvd.

TBD

Thursdays
3:30 - 5:30pm

650 Osgood Dr.

184 Horton St. E.

Wednesdays (July)
10:00 - 12:00pm

Thursdays
4:00 - 6:00pm

244 Adelaide St. S.

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Belong impact

WHAT IS BELONG'S IMPACT?

*projected impact for 2023*

The Belong program is made possible through the generous contribution of the City of London's London Community Recovery Network (LCRN) funds.

The Belong program is delivered through invaluable partnerships with the following organizations:

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For more information about Belong,

please contact info@londonarts.ca

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