Rest easy, our future is in good hands, thanks to the thoughtful, creative, and occasionally outrageous ideas these kids have for our new space. From food (read: junk food) to specialized classrooms to storage solutions (yes, really) here’s what Arts Umbrella students are saying about their future home.
Young children in our Visual Arts classes have a wide range of ideas on their wishlists, including rooms dedicated to animals, access to food, and supplies. Our teen students in performing arts programs are taking the new building (mostly) seriously with requests for better storage, and purpose-built spaces. Here’s a breakdown of some of our favourite requests so far.
“Will we have a bigger art studio? What if it’s too big?” —Bella, age 6
“When I was in younger grades, I’d do performances in [Studio] 101, and it would always feel small and cramped, so I wondered what it would be like to be in a big theatre. I’m super excited for younger kids, they can actually have the experience of performing on a stage earlier on.” —Veronica, grade 9
“The thrill—when I was really little—of going up to the costume lockup was awesome. It’s what everyone is looking forward to from the beginning [of their classes]. So having it more accessible, and way easier to go through, is going to be great.” —Asha, 14
“I think one of the common problems with [schedule] management in past years has actually been space management. A new building solves a lot of that and lets not just more things happen, but everything can be done better. Getting our own theatre space is really cool because that lets us actually work in a space where we know what our boundaries are, and what we can do with the space.” —Paterson, 17
“I want more photography classrooms. Digital photography. Classes that teach you how to be really good with a camera and photo editing.” —Grace, age 12
“I think having a space for resources—things like verb sheets, Shakespeare lexicons, stuff like that, that’s really useful in rehearsal. It could be for all the different departments. Having an organized space for those things would be very useful.” —Jasmine, 17