Kaleidoscope in the Schools

Students enjoying Fana Soro’s drumming workshop

Kaleidoscope in the Schools (KITS) is a unique school-based program created by the Aurora Cultural Centre. The program elements include fully subsidized in-school performances and workshops by professional performing artists, as well as professional development resources to enable pre- and post-show activities.

The KITS program offers a curated season of four live performing arts productions throughout the year for schools to choose from that are uniquely tied to the Ontario Ministry of Education’s Elementary Curriculum. The Aurora Cultural Centre’s long-term goal is to afford every child in Aurora from JK to grade 4 the opportunity to participate in a live performing arts production. We believe the KITS program opens doors to creativity and tolerance and creates lasting positive memories through a shared experience of the arts.

The Aurora Cultural Centre feels a strong responsibility that arts experiences should be available to all children regardless of their background, as these experiences have the ability to shape a child’s values, open them up to new ideas and cultures, and make them more compassionate as they grow to be the next generation of leaders. The artistic work we bring into the schools mirrors our community’s diversity so students see themselves on stage or learn about new cultures and traditions. We believe the arts have the power to engage, inspire, and transform each and every individual. The arts spark creative  thought, transform perception, and provide a catalyst for conversation. It engages the mind and body, awakens the senses, and calms the spirit.

The KITS program is designed to follow a carefully-crafted trajectory to maximize the child’s engagement with the arts activity. The intended outcomes of the KITS program are depicted in the Journey of the Child.

Journey of the Child

Bringing these productions into the schools serves a number of outcomes:

  1. By removing the cost to the parent/guardian, the program allows children of all economic backgrounds to have equitable access to the arts regardless of their home environment/situation
  2. Children with exceptionalities including accessibility needs, behavior challenges, and learning disabilities can attend the performances from the comfort of their school environment;
  3. We mitigate the challenges of offsite activities for many schools where bus costs and logistics become major barriers by bringing the production into the school;
  4. We will reach a larger audience of children than can currently fit in our performance space; and
  5. The KITS program allows the Aurora Cultural Centre to break out of our four walls and have a deeper impact in the community.

In our inaugural 2019/20 year we focused on delivering the KITS program to all publicly funded elementary schools in Aurora free of charge. This includes schools in York Catholic District School Board, York Region District School Board, and Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir, funded generously through the Town of Aurora, the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Seed Grant, and individual donors including a major gift from Aurora residents Isobel Ralston & Jan Oudenes.

Genesis of KITS

Learn more about how the Kaleidoscope in the Schools program was realized.

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Program History

2019-2020 Season

Learn more about our inaugural season that featured music, dance and puppetry.

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KITS Inaugural Season

2020-2021 Season

Principals and administrative staff, discover what’s upcoming this season!

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School Booking Information

KITS in Images & Words

We encourage you to click through the gallery below to explore the performances, professional development and feedback received as part of the Kaleidoscope in the Schools Program.

Frequently Asked Questions

Kaleidoscope in the Schools (KITS) is a unique school-based program created by the Aurora Cultural Centre. The program elements include fully subsidized in-school performances and workshops by professional performing artists, as well as professional development resources to enable pre- and post-show activities.

Presently, the Kaleidoscope in the Schools program is offered to all publicly funded elementary schools in Aurora. As the program grows, the Aurora Cultural Centre’s long-term goal is to grow the program into performance plus and underperforming schools in York Region for JK to grade 4.

The Aurora Cultural Centre believes very strongly in keeping the Kaleidoscope in the Schools program free to the parent/guardian so that all children can have access to this program regardless of their family’s financial situation. The program was launched with the generous support from the Town of Aurora, the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Seed Grant, and individual donors including a major gift from Aurora residents Isobel Ralston & Jan Oudenes.

The 2020/21 season is funded through the Town of Aurora, the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Grow Grant, the Aurora Optimist Club and individual donors. In order to meet the growth goals of the program we need to continue to align ourselves with businesses, organizations, and individuals. We believe the arts make our community a better place to live and in particular, this program serves the children who will lead tomorrow. If you are interested in donating or sponsoring KITS or any other Aurora Cultural Centre program, please contact Suzanne Haines, Executive Director at suzanne@auroraculturalcentre.ca.

Support the Program

As the Aurora Cultural Centre continues to promote the arts through events and programming, including our unique and innovative program, Kaleidoscope the Schools, we look to align ourselves with businesses, organizations, and individuals seeking similar goals. We believe the arts make our community a better place to live. To learn more about how to get involved visit our Donate page.

Thank you to our program supporters:

Founding donors:

Isobel Ralston & Jan Oudenes

Sponsors:

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