Canadian Artists for the Poor (CAP) is a non-profit organization of like-minded individuals who come together to support vulnerable artists. After having taken 2015 off, under a new board of directors our new mission is to support, develop and bring sustainability to vulnerable artists (persons with disabilities, homeless, low income individuals, refugees and Aboriginals) by providing education and skills training to local artist. As a result, we can build a stronger community of artists; strengthen partnerships between artists and the community; and to promote art across our growing city.
We believe in the power of good and unity. #HeartforArt
How it all got started: In the spring of 2008, Julie Chandler (not an artist) was at an event where author Vaden Earle was a guest speaker. He spoke of his work at Absolute Leadership Development and read from his book, ONE: A Face Behind The Numbers. In the book's eleven chapters, the injustices of the humanitarian crisis are illuminated. Including statistics, real-life stories and striking photography, ONE brings the numbers to life and sets out the challenge - that you are one person, but you CAN do something to help. After delving into more research and reading, including Jeffrey Sachs's book, The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time, Julie was encouraged to gather others and form the non-profit Canadian Artists for the Poor. The main purpose of Canadian Artists for the Poor (CAP) is to raise money for charities helping those in need. We also help raise the profiles of Canadian artists and help artists in their businesses.