The MacPhee Centre is excited to announce that all of its visual and performing arts programming for youth, ages 12-19, will be free in 2019. This includes MacPhee’s upcoming March Break programming, which is open for registration now, as well as their popular school-time and Summer programs.
The decision by the Board of Directors was made to ensure that youth and families who need support are not burdened by financial barriers. Providing barrier-free access allows youth and guardians to register with dignity and confidence knowing that they will receive positive and educational experiences in a supportive and nurturing environment.
“While free programming has been a part of our mandate since the beginning,” says Heather MacDonald, Executive Director, “being able to offer all programs, no matter the time of year, will make it easier for youth to access high quality visual and performing arts programming without having to ask for additional support and subsidization.”. The MacPhee Centre also offers support with transportation and feeds youth nutritional snacks and meals.
The MacPhee Centre proactively reaches out to disengaged youth, helping them develop confidence, friendships, employment skills, and an appreciation for “giving back”. Youth access the MacPhee Centre in many ways. While most youth are referred by the IWK or through their school, accessing programming can also be made by calling or emailing the MacPhee Centre.
“We’re a community that empowers youth to access their individual creativity and a path to success,” says MacDonald, “we use creativity and community to support youth who need a helping hand. Accessing programming free of charge is one way we are reaching youth in need.”
About the MacPhee Centre
The MacPhee Centre empowers youth between the ages of 12 and 19 by connecting passion with purpose through the arts. Located in downtown Dartmouth, this community hub inspires creativity and confidence by offering unique programs in visual arts, music, videography, creative writing and technology in a safe and inspiring space. By bridging the learning gap in those who are disengaged from traditional education, or with barriers to accessing creative learning, the MacPhee Centre helps in the development of confidence, lifelong learning skills, an appreciation for the value in giving back to the community and increased potential for the employment in our communities. We help Nova Scotia youth find their voice through the arts.
Source : Media Release