I Art The North End

The Winnipeg Foundation


Graffiti Art Programming
Graffiti Art Programming staff.

How do you help kids feel like they belong? Give them a say in how their community looks, display their ideas for everyone to see, and celebrate their creativity.

Graffiti Art Programming (GAP)’s I Art The North End project puts North Point Douglas children and youth in the spotlight – giving them input into arts programming that builds pride in themselves and their vibrant neighbourhood.

The organization’s acronym, GAP, is fitting; that’s exactly what it aims to fill. In addition to a host of programs at its Higgins and Portage Place locations, GAP offers film, dance, rap and visual art workshops in inner-city community centres. It creates safe and inspiring opportunities in communities where cost and transportation often pose barriers to traditional after-school programs. 

Through I Art The North End, kids at Ralph Brown Community Centre created inviting signage and wrote an anthem for the centre (they’re currently making a video for it). At Norquay Community Centre, participants started a hip hop dance club and they’ve been performing at community events. And, at Turtle Island Neighbourhood Centre, kids helped a professional artist design and paint two new murals – welcoming everyone to their home away from home.

This grant was made possible by Community Building Funds as well as six Field of Interest Funds that support arts and recreation for kids: Alexander and Yustyna Sandulak and Olga Sandulak Memorial Fund, Gerald W. Towns Fund, Willie Gutsche Memorial Fund, Joseph Lourick Fund, Joyce and Lloyd Darlington Music and Sport Fund and the Moffat Family Fund.