Established in 1995 as an arts scholarship fund, AFCY now provides accessible arts programs to low-income communities throughout Toronto. Their programming offers visual arts, dance, drama, music, dub poetry, filmmaking and photography, reaching over 8,000 children and youth per year. AFCY operates through inner-city schools, community centres, shelters, churches, libraries, hospitals and Toronto Community Housing buildings, ensuring that local youth are close to the program's host facilities. AFCY programs stem from the belief that arts participation can empower marginalized youth, and can lead to such benefits as skill development, broadened perspective, and increased social awareness.
Check out afcy.ca and neighbourhoodartsnetwork.org for more information.
Video created by Sarah Miller-Garvin for the Neighbourhood Arts Network.