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May 22, 2002
Winner of fourth annual Children's Advocate Award for Innovation - Art City in St. James Town
Councillor Olivia Chow, Toronto's Children and Youth Advocate, announced today
that Art City, a non-profit community art studio for children in St. James
Town, received the fourth annual Children's Advocate Award for Innovation.
Mayor Mel Lastman and Councillor Chow made a presentation to Art City at
today's meeting of City Council.

The City of Toronto's Children and Youth Action Committee established the
$5,000 annual award as a way of honouring a Toronto-based children's program
that has shown leadership and innovation in serving children and their
families. The recipient of the award is chosen by a panel of children's
services experts working in conjunction with the Children and Youth Advocate.

"Many fine programs from a wide range of service sectors were nominated for the
award," Councillor Chow said. "In the end, in recognition of the diversity of
Toronto's children's programs, the panel selected an innovative program that
meets the need of the community. I am very pleased that we are honouring Art

The award celebrates:
- finding a unique way of addressing a need and meeting outcomes
- using fresh practices and creative approaches to service delivery, and
- demonstrating leadership to other programs in the approach.

Art City is inspired by Canadian artist Wanda Koops' inner city art program
launched in Winnipeg in 1998. The purpose of the program is to provide a safe
environment where young people at risk, aged 8 to 15, can channel their energy
into making art after school. Free of charge, the program allows children to
learn, develop ideas and express themselves creatively.

In developing its program, Art City works with an extensive network of partners
including urban planners, artists, educators, business people, local residents
and residents of neighbouring South Rosedale.

Media Contact
Media contact:
Councillor Olivia Chow, Children and Youth Advocate,



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