City of Toronto – Arts Services
Arts & Culture Services

The City of Toronto is proud to play a vital role in the cultural life of the city. Committed to the development of arts and culture in Toronto, the Cultural Services section undertakes a range of responsibilities including:

• the operation and administration of many museums, historic sites, performing and visual arts centres; financial support for cultural activity and individual artists; encouraging public art projects in both private and public developments; and

• assisting a wide range of community arts organizations in accessing and sharing municipal services and facilities.
Arts Services develops and promotes opportunities for artistic expression, arts education and audience development by encouraging access to the arts for all.

“Working with Precious Gems ‘My City Life’ was an honour and a life building experience for me as the teacher. It was amazing to work in different communities and see that all kids are fundamentally alike. They are all excited about life and are looking for creative outlets to explore and share with the world around them. I found it was my job to show and share with them ways of channeling their infinite creativity. Then found that they were teaching me to let go of my own creative filters and open myself more as an artist. Teaching a program like this is so rewarding on many levels. Seeing the final art exhibit a few months later showed the level of understanding, self confidence and joy that is being built when these kids are given the right opportunities to express themselves through art.”


Kimberly Carson
Art Instructor


Cedar Ridge Creative Centre is a vibrant arts hub housed in a historic mansion. Built as a family home in 1912, Cedar Ridge is surrounded by lush gardens and scenic woods with a variety of walking trails.

The upper floor of the house, as well as the adjacent Carriage House, consists of working studio spaces where engaging hands-on creative arts programs are offered for all ages. Every year more than 1,000 adults enjoy the benefits of the low student/teacher ratio and highly qualified instructors. Hundreds of children and youth attend classes as well as annual day camps at Cedar Ridge, such as the Expressions Summer Art Camp and the Artstravaganza March Break Camp and Precious Gems After School programs.

Cedar Ridge Creative Centre fine arts camp expose our gems to a variety of mediums. They get an opportunity to experiment and develop their skills in Drawing & Painting, Printmaking & Sculpture, Arts & crafts, Pottery, Photography and Video.



At City Hope our mission is to develop people of influence by building genuine relationships, instilling moral values, modeling good citizenship, and teaching transformational skills that create change within our community and world.

We see St. Jamestown as a place where every person has the opportunity and the ability to create a meaningful life for their family and themselves. diversity and community go hand in hand.
We live, work and build lasting relationships.
We care about, and for, one another.

Willow Park Junior Public School
45 Windover Drive • Toronto • Ontario • M1G 1P1
Email: WillowPark@tdsb.on.ca

Willow Park JPS is a Model School.
Model Schools for Inner Cities program – to provide students with the tools, resources, and opportunities they need to participate fully and equally in schools and their communities.

St. Barbara Catholic School
25 Janray Drive • Toronto • Ontario • M1G 1Y2



Precious Gems Project has been fortunate to have opportunities to collaborate with various organizations for both programming and our events.

Here are a few of our previous collaborators. If you would are interested in collaborating with us for a youth program or a fundraising event, please contact us at aileen@preciousgemsproject.com

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Unity Charity
Rise Edutainment
David’s Tea
La Bee Patisserie
Mabels Labels
Good For You Desserts Inc.

From April 28 to June 23 Cedar Ridge had the good fortune to host to 14 eager young art students. I had the pleasure of welcoming 8 to 13 year olds each week to their classes – some were apprehensive in the beginning, but I soon saw the kids flourish. I heard students chatting about video games and such before class but also, much to my delight, about their next project; often citing various art terms such as form, line and texture! Most poignant to me was witnessing a particular boy who arrived late the first day and seemed very shy. He blossomed in the class not just as an artist (wow, what an imagination), but as a person — it looked as though he had become quite popular. He was never late again. The Precious Gems Project offers the gift of art and creativity to children that may never have that opportunity, I was lucky to see the outcome of that gift.


Vanessa Higgs
Cultural Outreach Officer, City of Toronto