AFAP Newsletter

Box Label For Art Supply Donations

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Presenting the Earth To Sky Program in Toronto at the Eagles Rising launch.

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Lethbridge, Alberta

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Toronto, Ontario

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Portage du Prairie, Saskatchewan

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Toronto, Ontario


Thank you letters from the students of the Ma-Tah-Ha-Mao School
in Peawanuck, Ontario

October 2017


Picking up a donation of collected art supplies and a sewing machine that will benefit an Elder who loves to sew!

Chi miigwetch to our friends at the National Aboriginal Policing Services in Ottawa!

National Aboriginal Policing Services donating art supplies

September 2017 - Sending Wool to Iqaluit

The Great Wool Shipment of 2017

Recently a kind soul donated her entire collection of excellent grade wool (Merino woll and higher) and we sent a total of 16 boxes to Nunavut and Baffin Island.


This was the largest shipment we've done to date and today there are many happy "Knorthern Knitters" who will enjoy passing the time this winter in creative high gear.

Thank you to all who support this work.

With gratitude.
April 14, 2017

On April 6, 2017 I was a feature artist at RAW Ottawa. It was an overwhelming and humbling success. You supported me. You allowed The Art For Aid Project to donate tickets on your behalf to local Indigenous organizations and you supported Ottawa's art community. I am deeply grateful.
Your support saw 5 boxes of art supplies sent out to 2 remote schools and communities this past week - one in Manitoba and one in Ontario. We sent 89 pounds of paint, brushes, canvases, markers, and one serious box of boredom killing beads.


Thank you to David Pattee from for being a vehicle that's helped me to bring greater awareness to our work.

Art has a powerful voice in the spirit of our Indigenous youth. Long days are often filled with thoughts and visions wishing for life. In truth, boredom is merely creative genius without fuel.

So thank you to everyone who supports this work.

Colleen Gray
The Art For Aid Project

Making The Water - Daniel Smith Mineral Watercolour on Yuppo

A big thank you to the Montague School in Smiths Falls for supporing the 2016 Very Bearry Christmas Challenge!

The students collected a big pile of art supplies that will benefit schools all over Canada!

These students and faculty know how to rock the art world!

Thanks Everyone!

Comments and Compliments:

Dreaming Of My People

...J. Cote on receiving her print Dreaming Of My People...

Hi Colleen,


I picked up my print last night. It is sooooo beautiful !!!!! It warms my heart to be able to look at it for as long as I feel like it. 


Thank you for your beautiful talent !!!


Many blessings,


...H. Sugarman on receiving her print Dreaming Of My People...

Dear Colleen,

I honestly do not have the words to adequately express my feelings. The print arrived today and it is beyond my expectations of its power and beauty. Thank you.

She will be honoured and will have a place of deep appreciation in my home.

You are doing great work. May your gifts and talents continue to bess the community.




J. Melanson on receiving Ask Your Grandmother...


Hi Coll,


The print is abosolutely gorgeous, I am so glad to have one.


Congrats on your endeavours, dedication and talent(s) of which there are many!!




Kind regards,


November 24, 2015 Silent Auction
for the Kitiganik School!

Chi Miigwetch! Many thanks to our supporters for a great event!

Thank you Gallery 101 for hosting our event!

The Art For Aid Project attended the innaugural event for "Art School Fair" in Ottawa
October 31 and November 1, 2015


The event was a brilliant success with much attention given to our work. We are grateful to the organizers for putting together such a brilliant collection of artists, art education facilities, instructors and volunteers. The Ottawa art community has just revealed a diamond in the organization skills of David and Crystal at


We are looking forward to attending this event again next year!


Here are a few highlights of our team doing their best to ensure everyone knows who The Art For Aid Project is!

Many thanks to our supporters!