Art for All
The ArtsJunktion story began in 2007 when 3 teachers formed a group to share art supplies in response to increasingly limited resources for classroom art. What started as an idea to share materials and provide alternatives to waste blossomed into a thriving creative reuse depot (in fact, we’re the only one in Western Canada!). Your support has made a difference in the lives of everyone who comes through our doors.
One of the people you have impacted is Michelle, a young Indigenous woman with a passion for art and investing in her community. Michelle started a monthly art group in an addictions recovery program as part of her healing process and comes to ArtsJunktion for supplies and art-making opportunities. We are inspired by Michelle’s story and her presence in the depot, and want to continue to support her on this journey. We want to create more access to art through providing pay-what-you-can art supplies, free community art workshops, and a safe, welcoming space. I recently sat down with Michelle and asked her what she would want ArtsJunktion donors to know. She said: “Art is crucial to my emotional health. When you express yourself, even if you don’t know how, it’s important for releasing your emotions. People need a chance to connect with community and art—and ArtsJunktion helps people do that.”
This year ArtsJunktion has welcomed over 6000 people into our new home to develop art skills, gather reclaimed supplies, and learn about creative reuse—something that wouldn’t happen without YOU. YOU provide workshops for individuals and families in need to learn and grow; YOU help us participate in community events such as Sakihiwe Festival; YOU ensure that children, youth and families have arts and crafts supplies; YOU invest in the well-being of people like Michelle.
But if you want ArtsJunktion to keep growing, I need you to take action.
Please, make your donation to ArtsJunktion today. Your support will make it possible for children, youth and families to access art workshops and reclaimed art supplies, and inspire the next generation of artists and environmental advocates.