This summer The Art For Aid Project is offering a special release called “Dreaming Of My People”. This powerful and moving work whispers of a time when dreaming was very different for our Indigenous people than what it is today. Today’s dreams speak of hope and reconciliation, healing and a return to gentler ways. This piece looks exquisite in a black frame and is available in two sizes. 16×20 prints for $60.00 and 8×10 prints for $25.00 each (shipping costs not included). The work is printed in high resolution using archival ink, is hand-signed by the artist and mailed to you or to the place of your choosing. They make wonderful personal or corporate gifts and support a strong cause. AFA also offers any of the artwork on their website for contract lease for your organization’s projects. Watch the website for additional products soon to be available.
This summer AFA is working to raise funds for 4 remote schools in Nunavut. We are pushing hard for this campaign so we can populate these empty cupboards with fresh art supplies for September when school begins. In addition to our annual fundraising campaign, we have established a drop off point at Wallacks Art Supplies in Bells Corners, Ottawa for anyone wanting to support the schools with new or gently used art supplies.
To that end, we are deeply grateful to Trounce Alley Gallery in Victoria BC who is donating collected art supplies for their Canada Day charity drive and donating them to AFA and are even paying for the shipping to get them to us. We are also grateful to Aboriginal Artist Jessie Buchanan who is donating a portion of her sales to AFA in support of this work.
The Art For Aid Project is a fundraising vehicle that supplements the art supply budgets in remote Indigenous schools. To date we have raised funds for two Ontario schools –Attawapiskat First Nation Elementary School (formerly the JR Nakogee School), St. Andrews School in Kashechewan and the Kitiganik School in Rapid Lake, Quebec. This year AFA will take on a challenge that sees fundraising efforts engaging four schools that have urgent needs in Nunavut.
Please share our story, purchase our artwork and encourage your family, friends and organizations to support this important effort to supplement the supply budget remote communities and schools. We raise funds and awareness around the need for an infusion of funding and to engage Elders and Craftspeople in teaching youth how to express themselves using traditional skills and understandings. The Art For Aid Project recognizes the importance of the voices of youth who have been affected and vicariously traumatized by the residential school experiences of their community and family members. Art is a clear form of expression that can give voice to this trauma in a healthy and positive release while learning traditional skills or expanding on new and exciting dimensions of unexplored art and techniques. At AFA we believe in the power of art to bring healing and offer a platform to give artistic voice to their hopes, concerns and experiences.
Art supplies are the building blocks of our future Indigenous artists. Please help us fill their art cupboards and ensure their future success. For more information on our efforts visit us at www.artforaid.ca.