Inner City Angels is an award winning charity that engages young learners in rich narrative inspired arts.
We explore the interconnectedness of us all through our four learning pillars~ STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math), CULTURAL COMPETENCE, SOCIAL JUSTICE and WELLBEING.
Our artists diverse life experiences, cultural backgrounds and training deeply influence program offerings in a cross section of creativity and learning for everyone, most of all the individual child. Our artists speak many languages and dialects and reflect the diverse backgrounds of the children they meet. Programs are available in English and French, often site-specific, designed in collaboration with classroom teachers and yet are transferable to other schools.
Please see our donor memorial funds for John Botterell, Amelia Jimenez and Beatrice Minden.
Amelia Jimenez was a remarkably talented Inner City Angels visual artist and sculptor working in schools and communities throughout the world. Amelia passed away in 2016 and left behind a beloved following of artists, educators and community activists. Amelia's work in puppetry, ceramics, clay and sculpture can be found throughout Toronto, in schools, libraries and on the street. Her dear friends continue her legacy with the Amelia Jimenez Memorial Art Fund that is used to offset costs for artist residencies and materials, ensuring equity of access for priority schools.
Beatrice Minden passed away in 2009 just short of her 100th birthday ten years after her family of musicians and visual artists bequeathed a $10,000 gift to Inner City Angels on her behalf. The gift was matched by the Ontario Arts Endowment Fund and there it lives in her honour supporting artist residencies at Beatrice's former Toronto elementary school, Clinton Street Public School.
John Botterell was a beloved artist and arts educator with the Toronto District School Board for several decades. He was a proud long time benefactor to Inner City Angels and has left a legacy of the value of the arts in empowering young people. His family continues giving in John's memory through the John Botterell Memorial Fund for Toronto Priority Schools. John passed away in 2016.
To donate to any of these funds please follow the prompts when you make your online donation. We are so grateful.
Thanks to the memorial gifts and our government and private donors, Inner City Angels ensures equity of access by earmarking funds to support inner city and neighbourhood improvement area school arts projects.
We are the proud recipients of the Tagore Inspirations Award (Empowerment in the Arts)and the Council for Exceptional Children Community Award.