Our mandate is to build creative connections between children and their communities through community arts projects in the city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
We know children do better when they are connected and supported by a community of people who care about their wellbeing, health and safety. The 4Cs Foundation has a sixteen year history of supporting arts-based community projects as the way to bring people (children, neighbours, community members across generations and abilities) together. We know that working side-by-side to create an artwork fosters connections that strengthen communities.
Established 1999, the activities of the Foundation are governed by the Foundation Trustees and are administered by Terri Whetstone, the Executive Director.
Inspired by their own community experiences, a small group of individuals in Halifax, Nova Scotia established the 4Cs Foundation in December 1999, as a privately funded, grant-giving foundation. Initially providing grants for projects in public schools, in 2006 we expanded our funding opportunities to include non-profit organizations in the broader HRM community.
Since 2007 we have offered the Art Bikers program each summer and we host the Community Arts Circle (an network if people working or with an interest in arts-based community development and community arts), as well as offering training opportunities in arts-based community development.
In 2010 the 4Cs Foundation organized the symposium and training intensive Arts Engage! Arts for Community Engagement. A key achievement of the symposium was inspiring local community members with the ideas of Intersection Repair based on (Portland's) City Repair's model. This has resulted in several community-driven Neighbourhood Intersection painting projects throughout Halifax and area.
We are proud of our arts-based community development work with children, youth, artists, schools, organizations and community members in HRM.