The SSAC undertakes many outreach initiatives. Opportunities for self-expression and development in the performing, visual and literary arts have been provided to participants and audiences of all ages. Our partnerships with other community groups have allowed us to share resources and have created a variety of events and programs.
The Arts in the Community Program is working in collaboration with the Tottenham Public School, its staff, students and the community to carry out a visual art program to highlight the Ministry of Education's Character Theme, to remodel and paint the front foyer and a wall panel.
In the creative hands of Lisa Rosati, who facilitated in the creation of murals at the Tottenham Public School, the art program is an initiative to create a vibrant and inviting environment for our students and Community that we may all be proud of during community functions and during the entire school year.
RIVERWOOD PAINTING SESSIONS
The SSAC facilitates a painting program for seniors at Riverwood in Alliston. These painters will soon be exhibing their work at the local library.
CLASS MUSIC PROGRAM
A drumming program will be held this fall with the clients of the Bradford CLASS facility.
This past January/February we engaged the services of Lesley McInally, potter, to provide a programme at the Community Living Association of South Simcoe (CLASS). Lesley helped the clients there create small pottery dishes.
COLORING BOOK PROJECT
SSAC is developing a Colouring Book to be distributed to children who are patients in local hospital emergency departments. Our intent is to strengthen the comfort levels and well-being of younger patients, their siblings and families by providing such a resource.
This package, which will be distributed at the discretion of the hospital staff, will contain a colouring book and crayons shrink-wrapped for convenience and designed by the youth of South Simcoe. The Colouring Book project, started in the summer of 2009, has received consent of both the Public and Catholic school board administrations. Forty five schools along with home school students in South Simcoe have been invited to submit drawings for the forty page book. Students at Georgian College have also been invited to submit drawings.
We will offer the book to the hospital emergency departments at Royal Victoria Hospital, Barrie and Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket, as well as Stevenson Memorial Hospital, in Alliston. Swiss Chalet, Alliston, has pledged crayons for the Alliston hospital. We have had an offer from Staedtler to donate pencil crayons at a discounted price. Nancy is at present seeking sponsorship for this project.
CHRISTMAS CRAFT EVENT
In December 08, the SSAC hosted a craft table at the Christmas event in the Alliston Memorial Community Centre, hosted by the Alliston BIA. The children made their own unique Christmas cards with Christmas stamps and markers. Although the weather was cold, this was a fun family event. A special thank you goes to Elayne Deathe for sharing her wonderful collection of Christmas stamps.
Our thanks go to Barbara Huson, Mo Bayliss, Jan Atkinson, Cathy Henry, and BMHS student Jordan Gamer for their efforts to combine art and hockey at the OMHA minor peewee tournament at the Nottawasaga Inn on March 28th. The SSAC was asked by the York Simcoe Express Hockey Association to provide activities for siblings and team members (when not on the ice). Barbara not only created the projects – foam hockey pins and team banners - she donated the materials as well.
OPERATION CLEAN SWEEP
The SSAC participated in the 2009 Pitch-In-Canada week by picking up six bags of garbage from the parking lot behind the Millpond and Groundswell complex. The SSAC receives much support from both the local businesses and the Town of New Tecumseth and this was a way to give back.