What Inspired Artshine?
Owner and originator of Artshine and Arts4All, Paul Field, shares his story:
My background is in Social Work. I spent many years using art as a creative tool to help those I worked with express themselves, use their imaginations and build their confidence.
I left the field of social work due to frustrations with trying to attain government funding for art programs. I saw a huge need for affordable and free creative opportunities for children and youth, especially at the pace our digital/screen-time society is going... So I started Artshine several years ago.
Artshine is a Social Enterprise mobile art program currently running in many cities in Ontario and Montreal. We have an amazing team that runs parent-paid programs for children and youth. I put all profits from these programs back into each community we serve in the form of scholarships and free art programs. These programs are run in schools, shelters, prisons, agencies, and community centres.
I am very fortunate to have an amazing, creative team of artists, administrators, coordinators and leaders. I'm also very grateful for our Arts4All board: Krista, Kent, Jerrey, and especially my mentor and chair of our board, Geoff Bellew. My biggest thanks goes to my supportive family; Liana, Willow and Lachlan.
I need your help in creating something even more sustainable...
We're rolling out a very creative and engaging subscription visual art service: 'Artshine in a Box.' Through this service, your child will receive an art kit with a different project and medium each month. Included is a link to a video of an Artshine Instructor teaching that project tutorial. Your child will get to explore drawing, pastels, painting, 3D pens, etc...
We plan on shipping the first kit out to families in January 2020. We have already created brand new, original and fun curriculum. We have all the back-end portion of the project set up in Shopify, applicable apps, Canada Post, and we have started creating engaging videos of Artshine Instructors teaching each project in both French and English.
GET ONE, GIVE ONE
For every 'Artshine in a Box' kit purchased, I will be giving away a kit/lesson to a child who would not normally have access to this. Ie. children and youth living in care homes/group homes, Indigenous children up in northern Ontario, children of moms who are incarcerated, disadvantaged kids chosen by Principals in elementary schools, etc...
You can get early-bird pricing on your 'Artshine in a Box' pre-order. Order yours today!
How Are We Different?
Artshine is an innovative mobile company. We bring art to you, teaching classes in public schools, retirement homes, youth centers, and other local venues.
We're also a social enterprise.
Artshine profits are invested into Arts4All, a non-profit initiative providing an arts experience for at-risk and underprivileged individuals.
What makes Artshine so special?
We're a Team of Professionals
Artshine's curriculum is created by a team of talented Art Teachers & Artists. While incorporating themes that reflect and expand on the elementary curriculum, instructors provide mentorship and guidance allowing students the freedom to explore their interest in the arts.