How to help:
* Buy Art For Aid Project artwork products at our e-store and at events.
* Collect new or gently used art supplies for us (see list below).
* Involve your classroom in a social study project to collect art supplies for a
remote Indigenous community that you can learn about.
* Sponsor the shipping of a box of supplies for $50.00.
* Are you an artist? - You can donate a portion of your art sales to support Indigenous
youth in remote community schools.
* Follow us on Facebook or Instagram and share our stories!
Art Credit: Student of Arnaqjuaq School, Hall Beach, Nunavut
Donation Items We Accept
Canvases (under 16x20"), good paint brushes of all types, acrylic paint, watercolour paint, watercolour paper, colouring books for children (not the more complex adult colouring books), pencil crayons, markers, gel pens, stickers, kids craft items, playdough or modelling clay, lego, drawing tools, erasers, glue sticks, craft glue guns and glue sticks, white wood glue, scissors, single hole punches, pencil sharpeners, finger paint and finger paint paper, beading materials, beading tools, beads of all types, beading cases, jewellery thread of all sorts, clasps and jewellery making accessorties, fabric paints and new child sized t-shirts to create a shirt painting project, good quality tanned deer hide or moose hide in ready-to-use condition, good quality crafting needles for sewing hide, good strong scissors to cut the hide, any store bought ready-to-craft kits, small loom kits, bracelet making kits, ribbon, feathers.
What we don't take: flammable items, liquid paint mediums such as resins and oils, books, paper (we have lots), glitter and glitter glue (due to its large negative global impact on our waters).
Downloadable box label for art supply donations.
DROP OFF POINTS IN OTTAWA:
We have drop off locations in Westboro, Kanata, Barrhaven and Carleton Place. Please email for details.
A special request to art supply donors.... time is money...
We get a significant amount of art supplies donated on a regular basis and we appreciate every item we receive. However, the workload to sort and box art supplies is significant; to that end, we are requesting the following:
- Please test the products you are donating. If a bottle of paint has only a few drops left in it, we don't ship it - we work hard to maximize the valuable shipping space in our boxes. Sorting through tossables chews up valuable time and financial resources that can be better utilized. We accept gently used and clean items that are in good working order; please remove the used pages in sketchbooks and colouring books; if you shake your acrylic paint and nothing moves, it's likely hardened; paint brushes can be soaked in warm soapy water to easily remove paint residue, clean canvases only.
- Beginning in 2020, if your school is collecting art supplies for us as a social change project, please request an info letter from us about engagement which can be given out to the families.
Monetary Donations - Dear beautiful people...if you tuck a monetary donation between the pages of colouring book or in with the beads, you should know it melts my heart every single time. But with so many supplies being moved around and packed, I may never know who to thank. Please write a note or your name on a paper with it so I can properly thank you for your kindness. For an official tax receipt, monetary donations can be made through I Love First Peoples. MIigwetch, thank you for your kindness.