"The 'Art room' is one of the few creative safe spaces left where a child cannot be judged or be wrong, especially today where the pressure of “perfection ” is demanded in our technological world. The Art room is a place where a papier-mâché bird can have 3 legs and one eye or where the sun can set in the east. This is why the Rennie Foundation was there as the founding financial partner of AIRS and continues to support AIRS in many ways." Bob Rennie, Rennie Foundation
The AIRS program is made possible through the shared vision, support and encouragement of many partners. It is through the collective commitment and generosity of teachers, artists, administrators, local arts organizations and financial patrons all working together, that seemingly impossible dreams become possible. All of our partners together are instrumental in realizing our shared vision of creating equitable, on-going and life transforming access to the visual arts for all children.
Each year our existing studios are sustained through the contributions of our many financial supporters. Our vision is to extend the program to more schools as additional funding becomes available to create greater equity and opportunity of access to the arts for elementary children in Vancouver.
All donations, whether large or small are critical in enabling AIRS to continue to provide dynamic and impactful studio residencies in Vancouver elementary schools to empower students to be makers and transformers of their world
If you would like to make a donation to the AIRS program the button below will take you to the VSB donation page.
Please select AIRS from the fund destination drop down menu.
All donations over $20 will receive a tax receipt from the Vancouver School Board.
AIRS is made possible through the financial commitment of our ongoing partners. These partners share a deep commitment to the value of authentic art education for elementary children in their formative years as a fundamental right within public education. Together we are bringing the transformative power of the arts back into public education.
AIRS financial partners sponsor a studio residency in part or in whole for a particular Vancouver neighbourhood school. This ensures continuity of access to the visual arts at the school for one or more years.
Our ongoing collaborative research with teachers reveals that students participating in the AIRS program over multiple years demonstrate observable growth in terms of confidence of self-expression, creative freedom and resilience. Sustained participation in the arts not only supports the wellbeing of students, enabling them to develop and value their own creative capacities, it also embeds the arts into the very heart of a school community, fostering a sense of belonging and inclusivity within the community through shared creative experience.
*A donation of:
$2,000 supports one community-engaged artist in a five week mentorship residency opportunity
$3,300 supports an 8 week pilot or media arts residency at a Vancouver elementary school
$6,600 supports an extended studio residency of 16 weeks at a Vancouver elementary school
$9,900 support a full year studio residency of 24 weeks in a Vancouver elementary school for students across the whole school
The VSB honours all financial donations with additional matching funds.
*residency costs are CARFAC-RAAV compliant for 2021/22
If you would like to become a financial partner with AIRS and support an AIRS studio residency at a school in part or in whole for 2021/22 or interested in finding out more, please contact AIRS Director Maggie Milnes at firstname.lastname@example.org