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Opus Donations Drive 2013: Share the Gift of Creativity!

At Opus, we believe in contributing to the arts community and there’s no better time to do so than in this season of giving! Now in its 14th year, the Opus Donations Drive raises much needed funds for local organizations, matching your cash donations with Opus gift cards of equal value, to assist each group’s programs.

We would love for you to continue your generous support this year by making a donation when you next visit your local Opus store.

Downtown Vancouver is supporting The Purple Thistle: Youth-run Community Center for Arts and Activism. The Purple Thistle runs a community institution and resource centre for youth on the Eastside of Vancouver, providing supplies, tools, materials, classes and workshops – and it’s all free! purplethistle.ca

Granville Island is supporting 12x12 Vancouver Photo Marathon. The 12x12 Vancouver Photo Marathon was created as a not-for-profit initiative to offer an event where all the communities of photography enthusiasts in the Lower Mainland can come together for a day of creative fun using the classic but fading medium of film photography. vancouverphotomarathon.com

Kelowna is supporting heART FIT’s Art is For Everyone! Program. This program invites everyone with an interest in creating art to attend their free drop-in sessions. This privately funded, volunteer run, inter-generational program happens each week at the Rotary Centre for the Arts. The program was created by art enthusiasts who believe making art in community builds self esteem and empathy. Grand parents and grand children, the abled and the disabled support each other as they paint together. Everyone with an interest in relaxing into art for health and well being is invited to attend this free drop-in program. okanaganinstitute.com/artscare/heartfit.php

Langley is supporting the Fraser Valley Brain Injury Society Art Works! Program. This program offers a unique opportunity for survivors of brain injuries to experiment with various art mediums, assist in collecting materials, produce a project, and learn how to display their art pieces. fvbia.org/artworks.html

North Vancouver is supporting the Gordon and Marion Smith Foundation. The Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art is a 4,000 sq. ft. purpose-built gallery and home to the Artists for Kids Teaching Collection of Canadian Art, which provides public access to this incredible resource all year. Funds raised aid the development and expansion of Gallery and community art programs both in and beyond the North Shore, and the acclaimed Artists for Kids programming. gordonsmithgallery.ca

Victoria is supporting the OCTA Collective Society artsREACH Program. The goal of the artsREACH program is to provide the highest quality visual and performing arts training to young children, regardless of their financial means. Workshops are delivered without charge in local public elementary schools, with a focus on schools with a high percentage of children from lower-income families. artsreach.ca

Your contributions to the Opus Donations Drive over the years have benefited local organizations and programs, helping them better our communities. Let’s do what we can again this year to provide support to these local organizations.