A quiet element of beauty when it comes to the Art Circle, is the generosity and care that it inspires in the community. In 2010, Susie Schafer approached the Art Circle coordinator. She and her daughter, Emma, had been to the art show and had come up with an idea. Emma’s bat mitzvah was soon approaching and they wanted to make centre pieces for all the tables. Could they make them out of art supplies that they could then donate to the program?
The family indeed went through with this idea, purchasing enough art supplies for the entire next season of programming. As well, at their time of simcha and celebration, they were able to raise awareness among their guests about the Art Circle and the reality of homelessness in Toronto.
In 2012, Liza Stern got in touch with the coordinator. She explained that her daughter Kai, eight years old, had taken it upon herself to raise money for the Art Circle. With the help of her brothers Zev and Isaiah, she had raised $520; could the program use the money?
Liza, Kai, and the coordinator met at Gwartzmans, a family owned art supply store that has been giving the Art Circle discounted supplies every year. Here Kai was able to pick out art supplies with the funds that she had raised, and get a real sense of what the Art Circle program was about.
Susie Schafer and the coordinator are in touch again this year. The agenda this time: her son Josh’s bar mitzvah is approaching. They would like to make another donation to the program for the occasion. Susie explained that meeting the artists from the Art Circle and learning about their journeys was inspirational: “At the end of the day we were the ones receiving.”
These are just a few of the many gestures of generosity that have come about since the Art Circle’s founding four years ago.