Canadian Artists for the Poor (CAP) is a non-profit organization of like-minded individuals who come together to support vulnerable artists, and through that endeavour, are able to raise money and awareness about poverty in our communities. After having taken 2015 off, under a new board of directors our primary focus is to host a variety of events, workshops and programs which will feature talented local artists with various art mediums. The events, workshops and programs are designed to provide vulnerable artists, recent art graduates and artists from non-for-profit organizations an opportunity to network, improve, sell and promote their artwork. As a result, we can build a stronger community of artists; strengthen partnerships between artists and the community; and to promote art across our growing city. We are looking at possibilities to expand in the upcoming years to facilitate the Mentoring of Artists program (connecting established artists to up-and-coming artists), and providing education and skills training to local artist.
Our goal is to see more artists successful and fulfilled in their work by encouraging, giving them opportunities and also key information that will benefit their business. We are motivated to give. We also want to encourage the community and businesses to bring help, hope and relief to those living in poverty by supporting our local artists, our future programs and us. We believe in the power of good and unity. #HeartforArt
How it all got started: In the spring of 2008, Julie Chandler (not an artist) was at an event where author Vaden Earle was a guest speaker. He spoke of his work at Absolute Leadership Development and read from his book, ONE: A Face Behind The Numbers. In the book's eleven chapters, the injustices of the humanitarian crisis are illuminated. Including statistics, real-life stories and striking photography, ONE brings the numbers to life and sets out the challenge - that you are one person, but you CAN do something to help. After delving into more research and reading, including Jeffrey Sachs's book, The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time, Julie was encouraged to gather others and form the non-profit Canadian Artists for the Poor. The main purpose of Canadian Artists for the Poor (CAP) is to raise money for charities helping those in need. We also help raise the profiles of Canadian artists and help artists in their businesses.