Give Kids the Chance to Explore Arts and Creativity

After one piano lesson at age seven, Jeffery Straker was hooked on music. Recalling his younger days living in Punnichy, a rural community in Saskatchewan, Straker shares how his mother – who was also a piano player – enrolled him (and his siblings) in piano lessons. “I was hooked as a kid from that first piano lesson!

Creative Kids benefits from this year’s India Night Gala proceeds

Cultural Connections Regina recognizes the importance of supporting children and youth, who face financial barriers, to participate in life-changing cultural activities.  The growing need to help kids access these important creative pursuits, is why committee members chose Creative Kids to receive the funds raised from the 2022 India Night Gala.

Creative Kids Support Bridges the Gap

There are exceptions to boundaries when it comes to Creative Kids’ reach. Saskatchewan children and youth in border communities, such as Lloydminster, are not left out of the program support thanks to a service provider who is bridging the gap.

From Small Steps to Big Impact

At its first deadline, way back in 2010, Creative Kids received 124 applications. One of those was from a little girl who wanted to try out dance classes. She was the first child approved for support.

Creative Kids 50/50

Help a child or youth facing financial barriers participate in a life-changing cultural activity.

Apply by August 12 for fall registrations

If your children are hoping to take lessons in the fall, consider applying to Creative Kids’ August 12 application deadline. We fund a variety of children’s classes including drawing, painting, and pottery; music lessons, dance classes, drama classes, and cultural activities.

Musical Family Pays it Forward

For the past 11 years, Creative Kids has had a huge impact on so many Saskatchewan children and youth, some from the same family. From 2013 to 2018, Creative Kids supported all four kids from the Bowen family at one time or another.

Contest win benefits Creative Kids

No one expected that when Audrey Rogalski entered the annual IKEA Soft Toy Drawing Competition with more than 66,000 entries worldwide that Saskatchewan kids facing barriers to participating in cultural activity would benefit.

TD Arts for Kids Campaign starts on Monday, May 9th

Get ready for the TD Arts for Kids campaign! Starting May 9th all donations made to Creative Kids will be matched by our amazing partner, TD Bank Group. TD will match all donations up to $10,000 for Saskatoon.

Save the Date for India Night 2022

India Night is a lively celebration of East Indian cuisine and entertainment in support of Creative Kids Saskatchewan. Enjoy an authentic East Indian dinner, live entertainment, fashion show, auctions and raffles and support Regina kids.

Change a Child’s Life this Holiday Season

The Creative Kids’ 12 Days of Giving Holiday Campaign provides the opportunity for those in the giving spirit to change a child’s life by giving the gift of creativity.

Nourish Raises $25,000!

Nourish 2021 was a tremendous success! Our guests were treated to some of the best food Regina has to offer while raising $25,000 for Regina children and youth. Thank you for your support!

For the Fifth year in a row, Creative Kids keeps kids dancing

Thanks to Creative Kids, a Saskatchewan family feels more connected to their heritage. Heather, mom of six creative kids, says that support from Creative Kids has allowed her kids to continue nurturing their dance skills, for the fifth year in a row.

Generous Support helps Lewin follow his Passion

Leslie has always known what music meant to her eight-year-old son, Lewin. When they decided to move permanently to Canada in 2019, she began looking for opportunities around their new home for her son to continue to follow his passion.

Finding her Happy Place

Dance has been more than an art or a past time forBrittney. It’s her happy place. For her, dance has been a form of creative expression that makes her feel “calm, energized and relaxed.” The happiness she feels is helping her become a more, well-rounded person.

Meeting Artistic and Cultural Needs of Youth in the North

For the past seven years, Cameco and Creative Kids have partnered in the Cameco Creative Kids Northern Cultural Fund, designed to increase opportunities for children and youth in the north to participate in arts and cultural activities that make a difference.

Creative Kids Annual Holiday Campaign

As we move into the season of giving, it is important to remember the kids who will truly benefit from the gift of creativity– including the opportunity to participate in meaningful arts and cultural activities.

Finding her Voice Thanks to Creative Kids

Getting on stage and showing the world your talent is no easy feat. It takes courage and dedication. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, a Saskatoon girl had the chance to let her voice shine in front of an audience as part of a province-wide talent show.

Donate Through SARCAN Drop & Go Program

SARCAN Drop & Go is a new service that is available at all SARCAN depots across Saskatchewan.  It allows customers to drop off their beverage containers without waiting in line.

Two Generations of Creative Kids

For the first time since the program started, Creative Kids records show that over time the program has funded both a mother and a daughter.

COVID-19 and May 29 Application Deadline Update

With all the uncertainty around COVID-19, Creative Kids is confirming that it will accept applications for the scheduled May 29 deadline. Families can apply for summer activities or fall registrations. There will also be an August 14 application deadline for fall activities.

Sisters Learn the Joy of Music Thanks to Creative Kids

Isabela and Camila, ages 9 and 7, didn’t always have the opportunity to let their musical talent shine. The girl’s family had a small keyboard that Isabela spent hours practicing a portion of the song her dad showed her how to play. For her birthday, the family decided to buy Isabela a larger keyboard with the hopes that she would be able to take lessons. However, finances were tight at home.

Meet the Former Creative Kids Grant Recipient who Played at Carnegie Hall

A Creative Kids funding recipient from 2012 to 2014, Cole Knutson of North Battleford says the program has played a pivotal role in helping him as a saxophonist and pianist. Now 21 years-old and a student at the University of Manitoba studying for his bachelor’s degree in saxophone performance, Knutson won first prize in the College and Professionals category in American Protégé International Competition, that saw him as the only Canadian to play solo as part of a performance help on June 10, 2017, at Carnegie Hall — the famous New York City concert hall.

Our 2017 Progress Report is Here!

Our 2017 Progress Report has arrived! Learn more about all the great things that we were involved in and our amazing impact  over the past year.

Vintage – A Speakeasy in Support of Creative Kids Regina was a Huge Success!

Vintage – A Speakeasy in support of Creative Kids Regina was a blast! For one night only this past October, the Moonshiners Club opened its doors to Regina guys and dolls and raised $16,250 for local kids. A big THANKS to all of our supporters and volunteers who made this fun evening a resounding success. Check out our photo album! (Photos by Shaunna Grandish)

Daughters of Penelope Luncheon – Oct. 2

Join us on Monday, October 2nd for an authentic Greek meal and inspiring stories, all in support of Creative Kids Regina. The luncheon will take place at noon at the Conexus Art Centre in Regina. Tickets are on sale now and are only $40 each. Purchase your ticket today!

Creative Kids Makes a Difference in Big River

Creative Kids opportunities across Saskatchewan for children and youth to particpate in arts and cultural activities. One such community is Big River, located just a few kilometres away from the Northern Lights Bluegrass Festival and Old Tyme Music Camp. Watch this video and learn how Creative Kids is making a difference in the lives of local youth.

We are Hiring! Creative Kids Administrative Assistant

Creative Kids Saskatchewan is a program of SaskCulture that provides funding assistance to children aged 4 to 19 years who face financial and social barriers to participation in art and culture activities.  It is funded by private donations and sponsorships through the registered charity Creative Kids Canada Inc., with the administration supported by SaskCulture Inc. through the Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund for Sport, Culture and Recreation.  We are looking for a full-time administrative assistant to support the Creative Kids Program Coordinator and Fund Development Coordinator in the delivery of the program, charitable activities, fundraising and community engagement.

Creative Kids’ Volunteer In Action: Paulette Atchison

Paulette Atchison has a passion for helping children in her Big River community. As an active, big-hearted Creative Kids volunteer with the Big River committee, Paulette personally has seen how Creative Kids can change lives right in her community. Every year, the Ness Creek site hosts the Northern Lights Music Camp and attracts both the young and old (and everyone in between) who are passionate about bluegrass music. Paulette has been a very active with the camp over the past several summers and knows the difference Creative Kids can make on a young person’s life.

Nourish Raises $20,000!

Nourish 2017 was a tremendous success! Our guests were treated to some of the best food Regina has to offer while raising $20,000 for Saskatchewan children and youth. Thank you for your support!

Creative Kids volunteer receives prestigious award

This week is National Volunteer Week. We would like to give a great big THANK-YOU to all of our wonderful volunteers! We wouldn’t be able to give Saskatchewan kids the opportunity to access life-changing arts and cultural activities without you. To kick off National Volunteer Week, Reggie Newkirk, member of our Provincial Advisory Committee, was honoured today with a Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal for his dedication to community involvement in the province. Congrats Reggie on your well-deserved award! 

Creative Kids’ 2016 Progress Report is here

It’s here! Our 2016 Progress Report is hot off the press. Learn about what we were up to last year and the many Saskatchewan children and youth who benefited from the generosity of our wonderful supporters.

Importance Notice for Saskatoon Applicants

The Saskatchewan Arts Board, the Creative Kids contact in Saskatoon, is moving the weekend of January 28. If you or a family member will be faxing applications, please fax them BEFORE January 24 or ON February 3. Any faxes sent between January 24 and Feb 3 may be missed.

David Millar Sings the Praises of Creative Kids on CBC

Creative Kids was featured in a great CBC story over the weekend. CBC spoke to David Millar about the Holiday Catalogue Campaign, and some of the other great fundraising efforts that has helped over 1,200 kids in 170 communities across the Saskatchewan so far in 2016.

IMPORTANT: NO OCTOBER APPLICATION DEADLINE

It may seem a little early to begin a conversation about the fall, but this is important:There will be No October Application Deadline this year. If you applied in October last year: Please apply at one of our earlier deadlines. Applications received in October cannot be funded.

Meet Creative Kids’ Fundraising Phenoms

Creative Kids has a way of bringing out the very best in people, whether it’s the musical or artistic talents of creative kids or the generosity of those who want to see all kids benefit from engagement in cultural activity. One unexpected outcome, however, is seeing youth ‘pay it forward’ to others, but spearheading fundraising efforts in support of Creative Kids. One of these young fundraising phenoms is 13-year-old Parker Dale of Saskatoon, who became a “self-proclaimed youth ambassador” for Creative Kids after attending a Creative Kids fundraising event in 2013.

Creative Kids Brought Creative Mayhem Back to Saskatoon

Creative Mayhem 3 in support of Creative Kids Saskatoon was a tremendous night! We want to give a big shout out to Kim Coates and One Bad Son, who provided a great night of fun and entertainment. We also want to send a huge THANK-YOU to everyone who helped make this evening a great success. Your support will help connect children and youth to life-changing artistic and cultural activities.

Nourish was a Night to Remember!

Nourish, a unique dining experience in support of Creative Kids, was an incredible evening, raising just under $15,000 — all of it going towards helping us make dreams come true for more kids! A big THANK-YOU goes out to our fantastic donors, sponsors and volunteers for helping to connect Regina children and youth to life-changing artistic and cultural activities. Thanks for making Nourish a night to remember!