Donation of Art Supplies Helps Young Artists
Raw Canvas and Stretcher Frames Donated to CMU Community School of Music and
WINNIPEG, Man. — Jacob Dyck never realized his dream of being an artist. But
now some children in Winnipeg are pursuing their artistic dreams because of a
donation from his wife, Emily.
|Emily Dyck watches as Nik Gockel uses canvas she donated at the
CMU Community School of Music and the Arts.
In February she donated raw canvas and stretcher frames to the Canadian
Mennonite University (CMU) Community School of Music and the Arts. The materials
are being used in children’s painting classes.
“Jacob always enjoyed art, and even took art classes when he was younger,”
says Emily of her husband, who now lives in a personal care home due to a
stroke. “But then he entered medical school and became a doctor.”
The canvas and frames were given to the Dycks by a relative, but were never
used. When a move to a condominium required downsizing, she tried to think of
the best place to donate the items.
“I wanted to donate them someplace where they could be used to encourage
young artists,” says Emily. “That's where he'd most want it to go.”
For Arlene Kroeker, who directs the CMU Community School of Music and the
Arts, the donation is very welcome.
“I really appreciate the gift,” she says. “It’s a unique opportunity for the
children to get a feel for what it’s like to paint on canvas.”
The first groups to use the canvas and frames were the grades 2-4 and 5-8
acrylic painting classes taught by Winnipeg artist Tanya Olfert.
“It was very exciting to watch as students worked on their paintings from
week to week, until they had completed a lovely and unique piece of art,”
The Community School of Music and the Arts, now in its second year, has 176
students in music and art classes. The arts program is growing, with an
increasing number of options being offered to children from grades two to eight.
In addition to working as a doctor, Jacob was President of the Canadian
Medical Association, the Manitoba Medical Association and the Winnipeg Medical
Association. The Dycks attend Bethel Mennonite Church in Winnipeg.
Posted February 29, 2008.
For more information contact the CMU Communications Director, 500 Shaftesbury Blvd., Winnipeg, Manitoba R3P 2N2, telephone: 204-487-3300 ext. 630, fax: 204-889-1694,(www.cmu.ca)