Client Profile: Turtle House Art/Play Centre

May 8th, 2014 by Iler Campbell

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Turtle House Art/Play Centre is a unique art-based organization in Toronto, designed primarily for children and families from refugee backgrounds. Turtle House uses art, including painting, clay work/ceramics, and music, to help children and parents from regions of conflict explore their creativity, play, express themselves and make meaningful  connections.

Parents are invited to participate in art‑based activities with their children, and to take part in the Parent Conversation Circles during the children’s programming. The Conversation Circles provide a forum for discussion and presentations on issues concerning settlement and parenting, increasing refugee families’ knowledge and access to community resources and activities, as well as encouraging their engagement in the community at large.

Turtle House envisions a Toronto of peaceful cross-cultural communities in which refugees and immigrants are welcomed and supported and in which arts flourish. Turtle House’s annual fundraising concert Open to the World: A Musical Journey has featured some of the best World Music performers in Toronto.

Iler Campbell has assisted Turtle House with corporate matters including in its successful application for charitable status.

Learn more about Turtle House on their website.

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