Art is a powerful tool. It has the ability to change lives. Citizens that participate in creative, arts-based activities benefit from: increased ability in creative problem solving skills and fine motor skills such as coordination and mobility; building resilience and self-esteem; being part of a like-minded community and feeling a sense of belonging; alleviation of anxiety and stress; and feeling a sense of accomplishment.
At Neilson Park Creative Centre (NPCC) a passion for the arts is shared with an ever-growing community of creators and makers who are part of our haven of artistic expression and community cohesion. After opening its doors in 1993 as a not-for-profit, NPCC grew to become a charitable organization that serves the diverse landscape of Etobicoke and the GTA through partnerships, outreach initiatives and community engagement. More recently under the leadership of Executive Director Petra Nyendick, the organization continues to support a wide range of artforms and reach a diverse audience.
- As an arts hub in Western Toronto, NPCC serves the community by offering quality arts based classes, workshops, drop-ins, open studios, events and exhibitions within and outside its facilities.
- We welcome all individuals to the Centre through free and affordable programming and deliver arts-based learning as outreach programs outside the Centre so that all may benefit from arts education. NPCC provides gallery and studio space in its fully accessible facilities of 4 studios, 5 gallery spaces, administrative offices and support spaces.
- NPCC is home to six Resident Groups: Calligraphic Arts Guild of Toronto, Etobicoke Handweavers and Spinners, Etobicoke Art Group, Etobicoke Quilters Guild, Etobicoke Rugcrafters and Humber Valley Art Club.
- We are proud to serve the community at large with our art exhibitions – we offer an average of 17 exhibitions per year per gallery, rotating on a 3-week exhibition schedule.
- Our internal programming serves our seniors through our guilds; and family and youth programming through the classes and workshops we offer.
- NPCC’s outreach efforts engage youth, families and older adults that best reflect the diverse landscape of our community.
- Pre-Covid, in 2019, NPCC had over 23,000 visitors in its facilities and is home to over 500 Resident Group members.
How your gift will be used
Your donation will help enrich the lives of community members through art. Art is powerful and has the ability to transform and educate citizens from all walks of life.