An Artist in the Community.
Art is an integral part of a community’s identity. As an active member of Burlington’s Art in Action fraternity of artists and craftsmen, I’ve learned how important it is to be involved with your community. Over the past year I’ve been proud to be a part of:
- Art in Action’s first annual post-secondary art scholarship to a Halton graduate: by fundraising and contributing work to an art auction.
- For the past 4 years I’ve been part of a group of artists, “Art in the Mews” whose annual show raises funds for the Burlington Arts Centre.
- A painting contribution to the Camelot Centre.
- A painting contribution to the Halton Heroes Gala for 2012.
- My 3rd annual contribution to the Art Picnic and Auction for Huron Street Public School in Toronto, the funds assist in need students and provide assistance for professional guest artists to work with children from grades 1 to 6.
- In May of 2012, the members of the Crime Writers of Canada presented me with their annual Derrick Murdoch award for “contribution to mystery writing in Canada through my 7 year old review column, “Canadian Mysteries by Don Graves in the Hamilton Spectator. I donated a painting as a prize for the Best Juvenile Category.
- And with some trepidation I taught a 3 day workshop in a grade 4 class on the foundations of landscape painting through story telling with colour, shape and brush strokes. Facing 27 kids was a glorious experience made possible by the expert advice and on site handling of the artist (me) by my wife, Ruth. Her 30+ years of primary education experience made the workshop…work.
- I will be contributing a painting again to the 2012 4th annual fund raiser organized by Grandmothers of Steel, a national movement to support the Stephen Lewis Foundation in its work to turn the tide on the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa. The Foundation provides food, shelter, home-care, school fees, training, support and counseling for women and children. In 2011 the Foundation initiated the Arts Fund; a way that the arts in Canada could complement the significant role the arts play in healing and therapy in Africa. Check out, http://www.stephenlewisfoundation.org/arts-fund