Art Bikers: Taking Art to the Streets

Organization Sponsor: 4Cs Foundation

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Program Description

Art Bikers: fun, free and taking art to the streets. Art Bikers is a community outreach program of the 4Cs Foundation.Six young artists on bicycles equipped with trailers full of art supplies visit communities throughout HRM providing arts-based, free, activities. Everyone is welcome to join in - all ages, all skill levels. Participation is voluntary.The Art Bikers are trained in safety, first aid, child development, bike safety, and facilitating community arts. The arts-based activities include visual, theatre and music arts and link art-making to people's well-being and recreation.

Program Approximate Cost: 

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Funding Sources: 

4Cs Foundation

Strategies For Sustainability: 

Very portable can travel where people are and save costs of transportation. Great way to engage people during summer holidays when they are looking for things to do.

Impact Of Program: 

In its first summer (June, July and August 2007) Art Bikers worked with over 900 children and adults throughout HRM. Art Bikers has also inspired other young artists to independently take up facilitating arts activities with their communities. Participants increased in number upon return visits to same communities. In our second year of planning we have had over 20 direct requests from community groups to visit their communities.

Evaluation Tools: 

Log books, participant comments,weekly staff de-brief, photographic documentation of art works, report.

Key Elements Towards Success: 

Creative; fun; free; solid training for staff, excellent coordination; strong community connections across communities and groups; support of 4Cs Foundation; strong commitment to community development principles.

Challenges To Meet Them: 

Physically demanding job - down day to re-group and recover every ten days (in addition to days off).

Length and Stage of Project: 

Began in 2007.

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