The DARE values…

Underpinning our programs are the DARE values – discipline, action, responsibility, and excellence. When students start their journey with DAREarts, they are introduced to our DAREarts staff who are focused on recognizing and celebrating the excellence within them. Together with a brand new peer group, our students are given the opportunity to learn and demonstrate the DARE values in a series of engaging, accessible and dynamic arts-based activities. Our team works with them to explore their feelings through art, express themselves creatively, take positive risks and build meaningful connections.

DAREarts Intensives

These free, one to two week online workshops bring our artist-educators into 4-8th grade classrooms and community service groups in Ontario, Nova Scotia and British Columbia to dare learners to discover their inner leader. Local arts professionals work in the classroom alongside DAREarts Educators and school teachers to engage students in collaborative and hands-on visual arts, dramatic arts or song-writing activities. Bring us to your classroom or community group!

All the Arts – 10 Week Program

Delivered to 4-8th grade students in Toronto (Northern Etobicoke, Scarborough and the Downtown Core) and Vancouver (Downtown East Side) and Halifax, this program offers young people from underserved communities who are struggling in the classroom the unique opportunity to see themselves differently through exploring and creating with the arts. 2 students per grade from each of up to 15 different schools come together and participate in a 10-week long program.  Together they explore a variety of artistic disciplines including: music, drama, dance, culinary arts, media and post-production, circus arts, architectural design, visual arts, graphic design, fashion, and photography.

As they explore these art forms, they awaken their inner artist and inner leader, building key leadership skills including: self-confidence, self-expression, problem solving, communication and critical thinking skills. Our staff team works closely with each student to help them incorporate and apply this strengthened skill set and positive sense of self into their everyday lives, creating positive change for themselves and their communities.


The DAREarts First Roots Program works in partnership with remote First Nation, Metis, and Inuit communities across Canada to support students in developing their leadership skills and voice through the arts. A team of DAREarts Educators work alongside local teachers, elders, youth mentors, and artists to deliver a week of intensive multi-arts workshops that support student leadership development and help address the opportunity gap in remote communities. Recently, a wellness component has been included in the programming at the request of community stakeholders. 


Offered in Ontario and BC, our Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) is a creative social change lab for young people 14-18 years old. Learners participate in intensive after-school sessions rooted in increasing self-awareness, building community, and improving mental health. They co-create a culminating art project focused on community service, and work to activate their leadership skills in the broader community. Learn more.

1000 youth

Empowered annually across Canada