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Spring Educational Programming 2021

What do we do & where we do it 

A.R.C. Community is creating and offering community and educational resources, events and programming with an Afrocentric and Indigenous focus for children and families on the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations (Vancouver, BC).

54208270_1612251677289976_r.jpegPhoto: Land-based education at Whey-ah-wichen (Cates Park, North Vancouver)

Who we are & how we came to be 

A.R.C. CommUNITYwas co-founded in the Spring of 2020 by parents and community builders Sacha Gingras-Fox, Roger Collins, Natalie Moor, Annelie van der Heyden, Athena Affan, Yvette DuMouchel and Daisy Thompson. During the early COVID-19 school closures and the increase in public attention to racial injustice, ARC CommUNITY founders created events that prioritize Black, Indigenous and people of colour (BIPOC) families to gather and share knowledge, skills and inspiration that will guide children to participate in an equitable future. 

How do we do it?

Our pilot project, Art Roots & Culture (A.R.C) CommUNITY school, was birthed from a love of community & a strong desire for our children to have knowledge of self through culturally relevant and responsive education. We are actively raising free thinking people & creating a relational school experience .

We are intentionally inclusive: our (re)school's curriculum prioritizes BIPOC educators, mentors and facilitators. Our focus is on land and arts-based education that foregrounds ways of connecting and building collaborative communities of care. Within our school we aim to cultivate self confidence, self expression, self reflection, and self direction. 

Photo: Learning together

From its inception until current, A.R.C. families have been volunteering their time and resources and collectively funding the majority of projects out of pocket. We are grateful to have received grant funding through LUSH Cosmetics community pot in support of our fall session of farm, forest and arts education in collaboration with UBC Farms, Afro Van Connect's Alicia Lettman, Vanessa Richards' Wild Imagination program and the Community Arts Council of Vancouver. 

Photo: Farm and Forest  (un)schooling, UBC Farm

What is this fundraiser for?

We have a big vision for the future of A.R.C. CommUNITY school and it starts with our Spring 2021 educational programs. With the support of our broader community (that's you!) we plan to sustain our current programming, including another term of farm & forest education while we focus on key grant projects to roll-out our full range 2021/2022 programs.


Photo: Language Arts in the classroom

September 2021 we are excited to be moving to a new East Vancouver location which offers space to grow our class and collaborate in-house with other BIPOC led organizations, artists and mentors!

Funding is needed to cover:
-Salaries for curriculum preparation & delivery for two classroom educators  
-Salaries for outdoor education facilitators to continue our weekly farm & forest programming
-Honorariums for guest instructors and mentors
-Materials, as needed, for students to participate in programming 
-Classroom and space rental fees to sustain our program until we move into our new home in September 2021 (details TBA)

To learn more about A.R.C. CommUNITY and follow what we have been up to:
Follow us @arccommunityproject   on Instagram


  • Metha Brown 
    • $150 
    • 2 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $25 
    • 3 mos
  • Dora Kamau 
    • $500 
    • 3 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 4 mos
  • Elise Ozarowski 
    • $25 
    • 4 mos
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Fundraising team: A.R.C. Community Board (6)

Annelie van der Heyden 
Vancouver, BC
Athena Affan 
Team member
Daisy Thompson 
Team member
Natalie Moor 
Team member
Sacha Gingras-Fox 
Team member
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