Founded officially in 2015 by Annika Kim, Arts Unleashed is a Performing Arts company connecting young people to the power of their imagination.
The process, as important as the result, promotes confidence, creativity and imagination; skills for life.
Arts Unleashed began in 2013 as a way to entertain my then 5 and 7 year old children. As an energetic Mom with a background in Theatre Arts and teaching, I decided to run a week-long camp building a live play. That first crazy week of messy painting, recycled prop creation, character building, outdoor obstacle courses, costumes and cozy camper creativity unleashed an excitement and imagination that was so powerful it could not be stopped. Even with all the present technology, there was still a hunger for hands-on, sit on the floor, get messy, dress-up engagement. Campers were telling stories and jumping at the chance to perform their stories in costumes they chose, props they created, backdrops they painted and sets they designed.
Fears and anxieties fell away as the thrill of performing their own story filled campers with an incredible confidence. They were connecting fully to the immense power of their own imagination. Arts Unleashed was born.
In addition to creating engaging Arts programming for children, Annika is a proud mother of two humans and a handful of animals, Co-Chair of the local Parent Council and an ongoing volunteer with the Durham District School Board.
To connect young people to the incredible power of their own imagination through innovative, kid-driven Performing Arts experiences.
Working in small groups, children experience both Art and Drama as the Directors, Designers and actors in their very own '100% kid-created production'. Painting, set and prop construction, dress-up and acting; children take on all sides of building a live play. From the story ideas to the characters and sets, final productions are truly '100% kid-created'! Small groups. Big experience.