What We Do and Why

Creative Kids connects children and youth to unique, life-changing artistic and cultural experiences in their community. We provide financial support to Saskatchewan families so all kids have an opportunity to participate in creative activities like drama, art, dance, heritage, and music.
 
We believe:
  • cultural and creative activities are fundamental to the positive growth and development of children and youth.
  • cultural and creative activities are critical to a healthy, vibrant community.
  • all children and youth should have the opportunity to participate in cultural and creative activities regardless of economic or social barriers.
The Need:
Saskatchewan has one of the highest provincial child poverty rates in Canada. One out of every six Saskatchewan households lives below the poverty line, meaning more than 33,000 children have limited access to essential daily needs and opportunities for positive growth and self-esteem. Many families above the low-income line also have challenges, like job loss or disability that put arts and culture beyond their budget.
 
We are thankful for social programs that help people meet basic needs to be warm, fed and clothed. We also believe it’s important to feed the spirit. For a child or youth facing financial or social barriers to feel accepted and included, to develop their skills and to follow their dreams, the longed-for chance to make music, paint, act, or dance can be life changing.
 
That’s where we come in.
"The most miserable and tragic thing about poverty is not the lack of bread or roof, but the feeling of being nobody, of not being anyone, the lack of identification, lack of public esteem."
Dr. Jose Antonio Abreu quoting Mother Theresa when he accepted the 2009 TED Prize for a Wish That Can Inspire the World

Our Impact

We provided our first grant in the fall of 2010. To date,  we have granted over $2 million and helped more than 4,500 applicants in 176 communities across Saskatchewan explore arts and culture and build their skills and esteem.

Download our newsletter and our recent progress reports below to see the extent of the opportunities being created in Saskatchewan.

 

 
"The funding Ann has received has had an enormous impact on her life. I have seen a huge change in her and how she sees herself. I no longer hear comments from her about how ‘dumb’ she is, but I do hear comments about how she has learned to play a difficult piece, or how some of her friends want her to teach them how to play. I believe taking piano lessons is the reason her confidence has continually grown this year…I want to thank you for the funding Ann received last year and for considering her application this year."
Ruth McCuaig English as an Additional Language (EAL) teacher
Watch an introduction to Creative Kids

Get Involved

Want to change kids’ lives? So do we.

We are funded by sponsorships and donations and fueled by our volunteers’ passion for kids, arts and culture. If you want to be involved, there are lots of ways to help…


1Like Us

Like us on Facebook and help us get the word out. It’s a huge help to us when you share events, grant application deadlines, and the happy cards we get from kids.

 

2Follow Us

Prefer Twitter? We’re @CreativeKidsSK.


3Sign Up

Subscribe to our mailing list below and you’ll receive the occasional email, our annual newsletter and our Progress Report.

4Raise Funds

Get together with your friends, family, coworkers or customers, and have fun raising money. $750 will fund a Creative Kid for a whole year.


5Donate

100% of every donation goes directly to kids. It sounds too good to be true, but our administrative costs are paid by SaskCulture, our parent non-profit organization, so we have zero overhead. All donations over $20 can receive a charitable donation tax receipt.

6Become a Sponsor or Partner

If you’re looking for a great cause and a creative partner who will find a unique way to involve and thank you, that’s us! We’d love to talk about the impact we can make together!

Contact Christie McCulloch, Fund Development.


Jan Seibel2

Say "HI" to Jan Seibel, Provincial Advisory Committee Volunteer and Artist

Classes in visual art were a rare treat when Jan was a girl and something she soaked up carefully whenever the chance arose. She was one of those kids who looked forward to high school - because she could take a whole class each year dedicated to visual art. Once in a blue moon, her class would make a trip to the Sherwood Library and visit the Dunlop Art Gallery - also a big treat. Her grandma painted as a hobby and sometimes the grandkids could paint with her, if there wasn't other work to be done. Music classes were a little easier to come by and she got to dabble in piano, violin and trumpet.
 
 For someone who loves the arts, volunteering with Creative Kids was "one thing leads to another." Jan was Past-President of SaskCulture when Rose Gilks (SaskCulture's General Manager) asked her to be part of the group that started Creative Kids.
 
“Jan wants you to volunteer for Creative Kids too. "It's a direct way to give back," she says. "You can see an immediate impact in your community and get to see the diversity of your community. Kids who wouldn't have that opportunity get to experience arts and culture. It's so important to people's well being."
Jan remembers how exciting it was to receive the first applications to the program and to give the first ever grant. Sponsorships from PotashCorp were another big highlight. As were every thank you card sent to the office. When Creative Kids received money from a girl who donated her birthday money, Jan was inspired to do the same... and raised $2,345 with Jan's Arty Party.

Accept Jan's invitation! Get involved. There are so many ways we could use your talents.

Our People

The Creative Kids Team

Meet our team below. Or give us a call. We’re fun to talk to.

Shawn Bauche - Program Coordinator
(306) 780-9469
Shawn is the link between Creative Kids volunteers and applicants, service providers and endorsers, ensuring the program runs smoothly and reaches applicants across the province. He has a variety of film-making and photography skills, and likes being an enabler in the most positive sense of the word.

Christie McCulloch – Fund Development
(306) 780-9461
Christie is our fund development expert. She works with corporate sponsors to provide the best bang for your buck on all sponsorship investments and coordinates fundraising opportunities across Saskatchewan. Christie's creative energy and good nature is a perfect fit for Creative Kids. Give her a call. She would love to talk to you about changing the world.

Susan Scharf - Major Gifts Officer
(306) 321-7707
Susan Scharf (Clarkson) has served in Saskatchewan's charitable not-for-profit sector for many years and she is a seasoned, integrity-filled "friend" and fund raiser. She believes in meaningful philanthropy, making a difference, and is proud and excited to join the Creative Kids team as their Major Gifts Officer.

LaTonya McLean -  Administrative Assistant and General Inquiries
(306) 780-9361
As Administrative Assistant, LaTonya provides operational and administrative support to Creative Kids. She tracks applications, adjudications and payments to service providers. As a new mom, LaTonya is busy instilling the importance of creativity to her young son who attended his first Kindermusik class at only six weeks old!

 

Provincial Advisory Committee

  • Dr. David Millar, S.O.M, Chair
  • Reggie Newkirk, Past-President of SaskCulture Inc.
  • Peter Sametz
  • Jan Seibel, Past-President of SaskCulture Inc.
  • James Ingold, current Past-President of SaskCulture Inc.

Past members:

  • Rick Kotowich
  • Tracy Knutson

The Provincial Advisory Committee, with a passion for arts, culture and kids launched Creative Kids and they continue to offer leadership and direction. When funds remained from the 2007 Mayor’s Arts and Business Awards, these long-time community volunteers suggested it become ‘seed money’ for a new program that would help kids experience arts and culture. Modelled after KidSport™, the new program would operate administratively through the registered charity Give Kids a Chance Charity Inc. They tested their idea with community consultations and a feasibility study.

Thanks to their connections, direction and fundraising efforts, Creative Kids began granting in its first year of operations. Our first corporate sponsors joined that year: Great-West Life, SGI, ISC and SunLife Financial. The Provincial Advisory Committee continues to work closely with staff to ensure Creative Kids reaches its goals and creates opportunities for children and youth across the province.