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  AFC's core mission is to provide accessible, artistic opportunities for children and youth from underserved communities, enabling them to discover their own capabilities through quality, hands-on programming. We focus on fostering relationships between community partners and develop our programs in consultation with the community and stakeholders involved.
  Established in 1995 to provide arts scholarships to children and youth from low-income families, well over 800 children benefited from the scholarship program. In 2001, the idea was conceived of bringing arts programs into communities so that an even larger number of children could participate. Today, AFC reaches upwards of 8,000 children and youth per year through inner-city and special needs schools, community centres, hospitals and Toronto Community Housing (TCHC) buildings.

To date, AFC has reached over 20,000 children, youth and educators through three main branches of our programming:

circle Outreach Programs in the visual, music, and performing arts in schools and community-based settings
star Arts Adventure Camp, an annual summer arts camp available to young people in low-income areas
triangle Professional Development Workshops arts-based training for teachers, caseworkers, facilitators and child-care workers.
  Currently, AFC's programs are delivered to more than 66 diverse venues in inner-city community hubs, specifically Weston-Mount Dennis, Jane-Finch, Jamestown, Lawrence Heights, Warden Woods, East Scarborough, and Toronto Central.
  Our goals are focused on:
circle Engaging marginalized youth in unique arts programs that develop both artistic and personal skills;
star Providing meaningful mentorship opportunities that could lead youth to finding gainful employment; and,
triangle Providing children and youth with a venue to develop a stake in their own community.
  The results of AFC's work can be seen in many places throughout Toronto: outdoor spaces, hallways, hospitals, and entrances of schools and community centres display the art of children and youth who have worked with AFC artists. Community and media interest in many of AFC's special projects have been extensive and enthusiastic.
Cuzco by Scholarship student Camila, age 14

Mural created by students at Keelesdale Jr. Public School