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January 29, 2021

Announcement from the 4-C's Foundation trustees:

The 4-C's Foundation (Creative Connections between Children and their Communities) will be ceasing its granting operations as of April 30, 2021. Since its inception in August 1998, the 4-C's Foundation has provided over $ 2.7 million dollars in funding for community-based arts projects and programs for children in the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM), bringing children together with professional artists and members of the community to create public artworks. (See Projects Map for details of these projects.) The foundation’s signature Art Bikers program ran each summer between 2007-2019 providing free arts programming to over 15,000 participants in HRM neighbourhoods and seasonal employment for more than 35 young artists.

In 2010, the 4-C's Foundation was the lead organization for the Arts Engage! Symposium and Training Intensive, which saw 140 people and 8 guest practitioners gather for a weekend of community arts workshops as well as a weeklong training intensive in using the creative arts for community building. The major outcomes of the Symposium were the introduction of Intersection Painting Projects to Halifax (later projects at Black Street, Deacon Street and Dartmouth North among others) and Pebble Mosaic Stepping Stones workshop (later used in the streetscape project in Sheet Harbour).

Since 2015 the 4-C's Foundation has been funding the Open Studio program at Wonder'neath Art Society (Wonder'neath) and supporting in the development of Wonder’neath’s governance and infrastructure as a charitable organization. As the 4-C's Foundation began its plans for closing, we have been closely aligned with Wonder’neath’s goals, supporting their independence and mandate within the community arts endeavours in HRM. We are pleased to announce a final endowment to Wonder'neath Art Society of $275,000.00 as the 4-Cs Foundation closes. We are thrilled that the legacy of the foundation will live on through the work of Wonder'neath's programs.

The foundation wishes to recognize the contributions of Ms. Andrea Puszkar, Foundation Co-ordinator 1999 - 2005, and thank her for helping to set the creative course with schools for the early years of the foundation. The foundation also thanks and acknowledges Terri Whetstone, Executive Director from 2005 to January 31, 2021, for her creative vision and her work expanding the granting program to the broader community, development of the Art Bikers program, her training and mentorship of many artists in arts-based community development and community arts facilitation, and for her tireless advocacy for community arts in general.

Finally, we wish to thank all of the children, students, schools, community members, and former staff who have been involved with 4-C's Foundation over the years. It was always about bringing you together to build your community connections through the enjoyment of creativity. It was our pleasure to watch as this goal was achieved many times over in the lives of our participants. We wish the very best to Wonder’neath Arts Society as they move forward with excellence in their continued pursuit of community arts building with families in HRM.

With sincere gratitude,

the 4-C's Trustees