ArtSparks powered by FirstOntario

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

About the Program

ArtSparks powered by FirstOntario provides all children in Grades 1 to 8 an opportunity to attend and experience a performance at the FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton, free of charge. This program removes the socioeconomic barriers so that all children have an opportunity to experience the arts. 

2019-2020 School Program

Teasing Gravity – Dances for the Young and Fearless

If you’re a Grade 8 teacher, you can bring your class to attend Teasing Gravity – Dances for the Young and Fearless from May 6 to 8, 2020. 

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The Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre places a spotlight on the accomplishments of talented Canadian youth today. This company is made up of emerging artists who are under 19 years of age. Their fearless ability and youthful athleticism make them extraordinary interpreters of choreography by David Earle, Danny Grossman, Peggy Baker and most recently urban dance artist Ofilio Sinbadinho. The company tours extensively internationally and is a reminder that positive and influential youth can empower their peers to achieve their dreams – whatever they might be.

Workshop Opportunity

If you are bringing your class, you can add-on a free workshop from April 29 to May 1, 2020 (limited availability)

In this workshop, students will have a unique and active learning experience. They will work with a professional dance artist to explore dance and meet the following curriculum expectations.

  • Presenting dance as an art form
  • Illustrating the 5 Elements of Dance
  • Stimulating critical anlysis
  • Inspiring improvisation ideas with a diversity of dance styles

This workshop is available to Milton Grade 8 students (limited availability, schools are responsible for their own transportation to workshops).

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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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