It really is better to give than to receive
This holiday season consider giving the gift of the arts to these three organizations that are helping to develop the next generation of artists

We’ve always maintained that it always better to give than to receive and continue to be amazed by the generosity of people during the holiday season. Our picks this week are not about performances, instead we highlight three arts related groups that we think are deserving of some of your gift-giving budget.

[dropcap]1[/dropcap]Arts Umbrella has been a Vancouver institution since 1979. From its initial class of 45 young students, the organization now reaches over 21,000 children and youth every year. Offering free-of-charge outreach programs for those that may otherwise not be able to afford it, Arts Umbrella truly believes that “art belongs to everyone”. We do too.

[dropcap]2[/dropcap]Founded in 1996, ArtStarts in Schools provides arts programs for young people, practical resources for teachers and artists, and as an advocate for arts in education. Each year, ArtStarts provides over 640,000 arts experiences for young people across British Columbia. ArtStarts believes that the arts are an essential part of educating young people to help them become innovative, engaged and contributing members of society. We do too.

[dropcap]3[/dropcap]Carousel Theatre for Young People have been creating theatrical experiences “that inspire, involve and educate” since 1976. Today, some 40,000 young people and their families benefit from Carousel Theatre’s programming and believes that the arts, and specifically theatre, plays a vital role in a young person’s development. We do too.