What We Do and Why
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.
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.
Watch an introduction to Creative Kids
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…
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Prefer Twitter? We’re @CreativeKidsSK.
Subscribe to our mailing list below and you’ll receive the occasional email, our annual newsletter and our Progress Report.
Get together with your friends, family, coworkers or customers, and have fun raising money. $750 will fund a Creative Kid for a whole year.
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.
Say "HI" to Jan Seibel, Provincial Advisory Committee Volunteer and Artist
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.
The Creative Kids Team
Meet our team below. Or give us a call. We’re fun to talk to.
Shawn Bauche - Program Coordinator
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
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
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
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.
- 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.