What is Artists for Kids?
ARTISTS FOR KIDS was established in 1989 through a generous partnership among some of Canada’s finest artists and the North Vancouver School District. Its mission, through the sale of original prints created by its artist patrons, is to build an art education legacy for the children of British Columbia.
The Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art is home to a stunning collection of work created by its patrons. Artists For Kids provides a variety of art enrichment program opportunities for thousands of students of all ages each year including the popular Paradise Valley Summer School of Visual Art.
The primary objectives of Artists For Kids are to:
- Provide a variety of Fine Arts enrichment opportunities for learners in North Vancouver
- Provide scholarships to graduating students from North Vancouver Schools
- Acquire a permanent collection of contemporary art created by premiere Canadian artists
- Raise funds for the Artists For Kids school and community programs
Here’s an interesting side note: Bill Pomeroy, the owner of Artrageous, was a framer working at Ostersons in 1989 when he framed the very first AFK print that Bill McDonald, one of the AFK founders, brought into the store. At that time, the 22 year old Bill Pomeroy couldn’t realize that 18 years in the future his first son, yet to be born, would attend an AFK art camp in the summer of 2007. That’s how long Bill has been involved with the framing of the AFK art, and his own children ended up benefiting from the program.
Ostersons ( now Artrageous ) is one of only two official Custom Framing Stores that works with and supports the AFK program. Anyone who purchases an AFK print will receive a 30% discount off the entire custom framing order that is chosen.
We have been supporting and framing the AFK prints since its inception and are proud to have been involved with the program all these years. Many of the AFK pieces hanging in the AFK office and the Gordon Smith Gallery have been framed by Artrageous.