February 20th, 2014

In case you missed it, check out this short video by Eric Wynne, staff photographer Halifax Herald on the Placemaking project along Chebucto Lane from this past summer (2013). 4Cs Foundation provided a grant for this 8 month  community project.

October 16th, 2013

Facilitated by Tessa Mendel, with Terri Whetstone, this is an experiential training in which participants learn and explore the principles and practices involved in using the creative arts in community.  The training will include the design and facilitation of community-based creative art programs, participatory experiences of different art forms (including theatre, dance, music and visual arts), arts-based approaches to personal and social transformation, and using an anti-oppressive framework to work with issues of diversity, inclusivity and identity in different communities. Participants will be introduced to the Creative Arts Learning Cycle (CALC) developed by Tessa Mendel).  Basics elements of project coordination, including scheduling, budgeting and public relations will also be covered.

The training takes place over a series of Saturdays in February and March.

Enrolment is limited to 15 and the training will run with a minimum of 8. If the minimum is not reached the training will be postponed and your fee refunded.

Payment of fee ensures your spot in the training - and must be paid before February 7, 2012.

Please email Terri at info@4csfoundation.com to register make payment arrangements.

Training Details:

Dates: Saturday February 11, 18, March 3, 24, 31, 2012

Fee: $275.00 in total for all five sessions.

Location: 4Cs Foundation Program Room, Suite 104, Cornwallis Street, Halifax, NS. (Note: This is a ground floor, accessible space.)

Time: Doors will be open at 9:30 a.m. to welcome you and give you time to settle. Training will start each day at 10:00 am sharp. We will end each day by 4:30 pm.

Refreshments: Coffee, tea and water are included in your fee. We strongly suggest you bring a bagged lunch and snacks, as there are some restaurants close by however, we will be keeping lunch to a 45 minute break.

Brief Overview of Training Content

Day One (Feb. 11) The Big Umbrella - Community Arts Overview:

  • What is Community-based Art all about?
  • Where do you fit?

Day Two (Feb. 18) Community-Based Arts for Social Change: Values and Issues for Designing Community: Arts Activities

  • Adult Education Principles
  • Social Identity
  • Diversity and Inclusivity

Day Three (March 3) Transformative Methodology: An Introduction to the Creative Arts Learning Cycle (CALC):

  • Design and Facilitation of Transformative Learning Experiences
  • CALC Program Design

Day Four (March 24) Coordinating Projects:

  • Scheduling
  • Budgets/ Fundraising
  • Public Relations

Day Five (March 31) Putting Arts Engage Into Practice:

  • Learning Reflections
  • Moving into Action

REMINDER: Payment of the fee ensures your spot in the training - and must be paid before February 7, 2012.

Please email Terri at info@4csfoundation.com to register and make payment arrangements.

For more information email or call Terri at info@4csfoundation.com or 422-4805.

We are looking forward to an exciting Arts Engage!  training with you.



April 17th, 2013

The Community Arts Circle (CAC) is an informal network of people working or with an interest in community arts. People have been meeting and connecting through CAC gatherings since 2007. This is an open network and anyone with an interest is welcome to attend. Email info@4csfoundation.com and ask to be added to the contact list to receive regular updates and invitations.

March 26th, 2013

Watch the video of the Fuller Terrace and Black Street, Intersection Repair PlaceMaking project: http://vimeo.com/48003583

This was a pilot project of Placemaking HFX with HRM and was funded the 4Cs Foundation. More information can be found here: http://www.halifax.ca/culture/CommunityArts/Placemaking.html

4Cs hopes to see many more projects like this in HRM!


March 26th, 2013

At the recent Open Street Party celebrating Bike Week in Halifax, The Art Bikers set up an Advice Exchange booth where people were invited to share their thoughts and advice with others.  The idea is simple: write down a piece of advice in exchange for receiving a piece of advice.  The advice cards were documented by theArt Bikers and can be view here: flickr!

March 26th, 2013

4Cs Foundation warmly welcomes Rodrigo Hernandez-Gomez as the new ART BIKERS Coordinator.

Rodrigo is a professional artist with expertise in public and community art. He is very interested in research oriented educational approaches, cultural theory, and the contemporary discourses on Arts Education. Rodrigo brings fifteen years of transformative community arts experience, as well as project planning, design and coordination skills to the program. He has worked with community participants in the Men's' Centre for Social Re-adaptation in Santa Martha, Acatitla, in Mexico city, with youth at Toronto's Red Door Family Shelter, and with Canadian newcomers in both Toronto and Halifax, as well as in his own practise as an artist.

We are thrilled to have Rodrigo join us to inspire the Art Bikers team and the broader Halifax community this summer.

Welcome, Rodrigo!

For information about the ART BIKERS, please contact Rodrigo at artbikers@gmail.com or 422-4805

The ART BIKERS is a community outreach program of the 4Cs Foundation taking art to the streets of Halifax Regional Municipality. We are celebrating the 5th summer of ART BIKERS this year.

ART BIKERS blog: www.artbikers.blogspot

Join us on Facebook: Art Bikers

March 26th, 2013

Arts East recently published an interview with Terri Whetstone, 4Cs Executive Director. You can read Chris Benjamin's interview on Page 13 (click here)

March 26th, 2013

Great article on the 4Cs Foundation by Vicki Grant in the Chronicle Herald newspaper March 19, 2013 http://thechronicleherald.ca/artslife/1050750-grant-privately-funded-grants-sponsor-creative-projects