Musician’s concert showcases talent and benefits Creative Kids

For musician Donny Parenteau, putting on a concert featuring some of the province’s top Indigenous talents is an opportunity to support Creative Kids and help more children and youth facing financial barriers find their artistic passion.   

“I come from a family that couldn’t afford music lessons when I was a kid. Creative Kids didn’t exist then. I had to learn on my own and it took a lot longer,” he says. “All kids should have the opportunity to participate in an arts or cultural activity because it molds them into strong people and builds confidence.”   

Former Creative Kid is championing the program that changed his life

For Creative Kids Champion Cole Knutson, giving back to the organization that gave him the ability to explore different musical instruments matters to him. He wants all Saskatchewan kids, who face financial barriers, to have the opportunity to pursue their artistic curiosities and gain the benefits through their journeys.

Music lessons helps kids unlock unseen potential

When Adriana Sanchez was eight years old, her family unexpectedly received a piano as a gif t from a generous neighbor. Seeing this beautiful instrument motivated her to learn how to play. After six years of receiving music lessons, thanks to Creative Kids support, the piano top is now full of Adriana’s trophies and medals from music competitions.

Sisters on a path to success thanks to Creative Kids

Elizabeth and Emily Kelln gained many opportunities of growth thanks to the support they received from Creative Kids for voice and choir participation. Both sisters developed many beneficial skills that set them up for success as adults, as well as, helping them find a deep joy and appreciation of music.

Participation in dance sets kids on a path for success

Over the last ten years, Kimberly Parent has had 77 students benefit from Creative Kids funding to take salsa dance lessons at her studio, an opportunity they wouldn’t have had without the generous donors who give to Creative Kids in Saskatchewan.

“The kids that receive funding from Creative Kids are very grateful, humble and dedicated students,” says Parent, the owner of Saskatoon Salsa Dance Company in Saskatoon. “They are aware of how much of an opportunity it is for them.”

Removing barriers to cultural activities benefits youth in many ways

Making sure inner-city kids have lots of options and no barriers to participate in cultural activities is a priority for Dao Duong. Since he started as a Dream Broker in 2021, he has witnessed the strong impact that cultural teachings can have on children and youth.  

New Champion’s Resolve to Give Back Grows Deeper

“Over the last year, thanks to my involvement as a spokesperson, not only have I benefited by the mentoring and training I have received, but I have gained the realization that my experience and voice are important as I talk about what the support from Creative Kids gave me.”

Youth’s Confidence Blossoms in Art Class

Brandie Perkins, the owner of the Cathedral Arts School and Studio in Regina, believes in the power of the arts to change young people’s lives. She’s seen it first-hand.

Sisters See Dance as Key to Their Success

Thanks to Creative Kids, sisters N’Tanis and Kori Wuttunee were both able to take salsa dance lessons together. They credit the skills and opportunities they gained from their dance experience as the reason why they have already achieved so much in life.

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.