AN INVITATION TO YOUTH TO CONNECT TO INDIGENOUS SCHOOLS THROUGH THE BearheART PROGRAM
Great for all schools, community centres and other public spaces.
ART SUPPLY COLLECTION DRIVE A HUGE SUCCESS! - THANK YOU!!! Read about it here
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This fundraising and shopping opportunity has a wide selection of contemporary art products like 2021 Art of Gray calendars, Indigenous birthday cards, signed archival prints, note cards, posters, custom personalized gift certificates, art supplies, gift cards you receive & forward by email, great anniversary, retirement, recognition and special occasion gifts. NEW! Land Acknowledgement Plaques.
Sales fund the shipments of new and gently used art supplies to remote Indigenous schools.
Art for Aid is a program under the registered charity I Love First Peoples.
Our symbolic icon and it's meaning...
The bear is a powerful symbol of healing and brotherhood among the First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities. The bear symbolizes healing, wisdom, and strength in the connection to the land through the use of the traditional medicines.
All nations have their respective representations of what each colour means to them.
Our bear is comprised of the 5 colours used among our Indigenous communities. Yellow is East - a place of new beginnings. Red is South - the place of our childhood and of learning. Black is the West - representing healing and the past. The Cree will use the colour blue in the West. The bear itself is White, which is the North - the place of great age, of wisdom and of introspection and deeper thought.
Our Mission Statement
The Art For Aid Project works to support Canadian First Nations, Inuit and Metis art education programs through access to quality art supplies, awareness and fundraising efforts. We work to to connect Indigenous youth to art and knowledge of their culture. We seek to accomplish this by ensuring art supplies are in remote schools and communities.
We collect new and gently used art supplies. Operations and shipping budgets are replenished through the sale of Colleen Gray's beautiful art, through fundraising efforts and monetary donations through I Love First Peoples.
Art exploration in schools and communities has always been vulnerable to cutbacks. Art is a beautiful form of storytelling and record keeping - it allows the creator to purely express a thought or connection, and allows the viewer to enjoy and feel moved by that expression. Art invites creative energy and full expression. It provides an outlet for the effects of boredom and isolation. Art can bring comfort, but it all begins with having the supplies needed.
One of the long-term goals for this program is to ignite and inspire the curiosity of Indigenous youth to learn both new and existing art forms. We hope to give schools and community program facilitators the art supplies to help them express their stories, personal messages and expand on their creative skills with ample tools to choose from.
Please support this work by purchasing Colleen's art prints, original works, note cards and art cards through the website store, and at public events. You can also support this work by sharing our social media posts and donating art supplies to this cause.
* The Art for Aid Project is a program under I Love First Peoples. We welcome inquiries about how you can support this important work.