Over the past four winter seasons, a special program has developed and grown. Persons who are homeless come to Beth Sholom Synagogue on Tuesday evenings in the winter season, where a hot meal, overnight shelter, and clothing donations are provided. Also offered, is an art program. After dinner, a table or two is cleared and designated for painting and drawing. Some have a background in fine arts, and some have never picked up a paintbrush before. All are encouraged to explore, experiment, learn and teach. Together, ideas and techniques are shared. An environment of warmth and support is formed, and inspiration and creative energy emanates. This is The Art Circle.
At the end of each season, the artists and volunteers host an art show, where artists’ work is displayed and put up for sale. The proceeds raised go back to the artists, who in turn donate a percentage back into the program. The event raises both funds and public awareness about poverty and homelessness in Toronto.
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