The Pointe St Charles Art School is a community-driven Fine Art School in Montreal where students of all levels and walks of life can achieve the skills to express themselves through art in the contemporary world. Our model is based on the original concept of the small art school.

About the community: Tucked away in the south-west corner of Montreal, Pointe-Saint-Charles, known to locals as The Pointe, is one of Montreal’s poorest neighbourhoods economically. Well known for the solidarity of its residents, it is however one of the richest neighborhoods in terms of community life. In addition, the Lachine Canal, which runs along its border, has recently been revitalized as a recreational and heritage area. Originally home to both French and English-speakers, Pointe-Saint-Charles has been more recently enriched by the diversity of its cultural communities and the recent influx of younger Montrealers (students and young professionals).

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Our Objectives

To advance education by establishing and operating a non-profit art school.
Activities

Arts Classes: offer visual arts classes and workshops on drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, and other forms of visual arts;

Structured Curriculum: provide a structured arts curriculum in order to develop art skills and in order to foster an inspiring atmosphere for self-expression;

Teaching Expertise: to promote excellence in the field of art education by hiring highly qualified, experienced fine art teachers and by offering relevant, stimulating and well developed programming;
Learning environment: to provide a school atmosphere where students not only attend classes, workshops, seminars, and exhibitions in which they participate, but also become part of an arts community (e.g. the organizing of a student year-end showcase);

Accreditation: to become an accredited art school and offer diploma-level programming to our students.

To advance education, participation, and appreciation of the arts in the community as well as promote cultural development.

Activities:
1) Exhibitions;
2) Workshops;
3) Fine art film club;
4) Scholarship programme;
5) Visiting artist’s programme;
6) Volunteer programme;
7) Providing internships and practicums for art, art education and art therapy students;
8) Providing an art space for emerging artists and recent art graduates who have difficulty finding a suitable venue for their work.

To promote mental health and well-being through the arts by establishing and operating a studio-based art therapy outreach programme in conjunction with the art school.

Activities:

1) Providing at risk and economically disadvantaged individuals and groups (e. g.,women’s groups, disenfranchised youth, families and children) with access to arts based therapeutic services given by qualified art therapists and other mental health practitioners.

4 – To provide free and/or subsidized access to all above activities in support of purposes.

Activities
1) Free or subsidized art instruction (financial aid) for the financially disadvantaged within the community (e.g. youth and seniors);
2) Free or contribution only activities such as exhibitions, workshops, fine art film club;
3) Establishment of a scholarship programme for interested and deserving students;
4) Free or subsidized art space (gallery) by way of a lower than market price (25% commission or low rent fee);
5) Free or subsidized art therapy for economically disadvantaged individuals and groups.

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