Hero Canvas Project

Children’s ‘act of kindness’ for our Canadian troops to be displayed at the ROM

The Hero Canvas Project, presented by Dasha Flash’n’Friends™ is a community outreach program which has a mission of bringing children together to be creative with an ‘act of kindness’ in mind. The Toronto community is invited to experience the beauty and enormity of 45 feet of painted murals depicting children’s perspectives of ‘Heroism’. The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) will host this humanitarian art exhibition that is like no other in the country in support of our true Canadian heroes—the men and women of our Canadian armed forces. The murals will be on display from 11 am - 5 pm on Sunday, February 10, 2008. The entire family is invited to participate in this inaugural interactive art event. Guest speakers include Captain Robert Kennedy of the Canadian Armed Forces, Olivia Chow, MP for Trinity-Spadina, and other dignitaries that will participate in a brief opening ceremony at 11 am. Entertainment includes live music and plenty of inspiring humanitarian art to enjoy, all included free with Museum admission.

Five Toronto schools participated in this inspirational project, and each produced a painted mural that presented their concept of a “Hero.” The project further engages families with an invitation to express their gratitude and support for the peace-making efforts our soldiers have undertaken in Afghanistan by writing a personalized greeting that will be sent to Kandahar.

“This one-of-a-kind initiative truly combines art with an ‘act of kindness,’ said Marja Perren, the creator of the Dasha Flash’n’Friends™ Hero Canvas Project. The “Project” was inspired by the Dasha Flash™ children’s book series written by Ms. Perren. She has worked in the charitable field and in assisting children in the development of creative expression. “This project allows the whole community to marvel at the children’s dedication to this endeavour and to participate by writing personalized messages to our soldiers on the Humanitarian Graffiti Wall.”

The Hero Canvas Project is an important initiative that celebrates our troops, and as one child said while participating, “They are part of Canada too.”

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