Arts Programs

FirstOntario Credit Union Every Milton Child, Every Year Arts Program

Where all Grade 1-8 elementary students in the Town of Milton participate in diverse arts programming, each year, for free.

About the Program

The FirstOntario Credit Union Every Milton Child, Every Year Arts Program will provide an opportunity for over 14,000 children to participate in Milton’s diverse arts programming each year, free of charge. Working in collaboration with the elementary schools in Milton, this program will allow all grade 1-8 elementary school students, no matter their background or socioeconomic circumstances, to attend and experience professional music, dance, theatre, and visual arts at the FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton. The program will not only become the foundation for this generation of Milton children’s success, but also for all generations to come.

2018-2019 School Program

Grade 8

Shaun Boothe:
The Unauthorized Biography Series

April 30 to May 2, 2019

Shaun Boothe is a hip hop artist and motivational speaker who got his start after winning the MuchMusic Temp competition.
“The Bio Series tells the inspiring life stories of cultural icons through music and rhyme. With a documentary-style music video to match, the Bio Series is a celebration of greatness made not just to inform and entertain but to inspire and awaken the greatness within us all.”

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Discover what our donors, supporters and future participants think about this incredible program: 

Community Foundation of Halton North

Auleen Carson (Arts Milton)


Dr. Rabiya Azim and Azim Rizvee



Joy Anderson (Town of Milton) & Carey Smith (FirstOntario Credit Union)

MPP Naidoo-Harris & Mayor Krantz

Benefits of the Arts

Participation in the arts has a positive impact on children. Evidence shows that children benefit in multiple ways when they engage in arts and culture activities. Some of the many benefits include:

  • Stronger overall academic performance, including improved scores on standardized testing
  • Enhanced critical thinking skills, communication skills, and emotional intelligence
  • Improved health (mental and physical) and wellness, including quality of life
  • Participation in the arts helps generate empathy and compassion for others
  • Participation in the arts helps children to express themselves
  • Being exposed to different art forms and mediums provides new avenues for perceiving and relating to the world and their ability to connect with others
  • A renewed focus and motivation to learn and to actively engage in their education

Studies have shown that children who participate in arts and culture activities achieve higher intellectual and emotional standards and have a higher likelihood of attending arts events as adults. When the arts flourish, communities and their children are the richer for it.

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