IMG_2854This year City Lumber & TD Canada Trust brought together Edmonton’s arts community in support of children and youth! On December 14, 21, and February 20, nearly 150 youth from the Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters experienced a half day of immersion in Edmonton’s Downtown Arts District.

In the third year of inspiring the imaginations of our city’s youth, City Lumber President & CEO, Robert Rosen, was thrilled to welcome TD Bank Group as a presenting sponsor of It All Starts With Me; a unique series of arts activities for children that aimed to develop a sense of personal pride and dignity that we all hope will carry forward into their daily lives.

IMG_3130Through the arts, youth have access to a variety of ways to express themselves and explore their identities in both individual and group settings. The arts motivate personal growth and self-creation through a broad range of media and genres. Artistic practice also develops important life skills through the development of confidence, critical thinking, and teamwork. Most importantly, engagement with the arts opens up new possibilities to discover one’s strengths within supportive communities and creates bridges of understanding between diverse groups of people.

IMG_3741Check out the photos of the three awesome events on our Facebook page:

1) Citadel Theatre
2) Winspear Centre
3) Art Gallery of Alberta

Thank you to City Lumber, TD Canada Trust, and the staff at the Citadel, Winspear, and AGA for making this possible for our children and youth!

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