Carlington Arts Initiative

Art Mural Project to be installed at The Oaks Residence Merivale Road


The Dream Catcher by the Algonquin Indigenous Artist Marcel who lives at The Oaks on Merivale is looking absolutely beautiful and awesome. This project is so lucky to have Marcel working with us on the CPO project. It would not be the same without him. 


Carlington Arts Initiative Plugs into the Power of the Arts

 Carlington Arts Initiative Coordinator Recognized as “Trailblazer” — The Carlington Arts Initiative is funded by KUC and coordinated by the dynamic Linda Vanderlee. Recently the CBC celebrated the first Trailblazer Awards and honoured Linda and nine other inspiring individuals who are “leading change, breaking down barriers and creating new possibilities”.

Here’s what they had to say: “Linda Vanderlee is a creative leader who has grown the Carlington Arts community. She has helped bring music, writing, performance and other creative programs to those who otherwise may not have the opportunity.”

We celebrated Linda and the Carlington volunteers after worship on April 15th and shared a little video the CBC prepared about Linda. We invite you to take two minutes to watch the video and celebrate what our church community has made possible in Carlington through Linda and the awesome community volunteers who work alongside her.

There are lots of opportunities for KUC folks to get involved with the Arts Initiative. For more information see or speak with Nancy Brodie.



The Program’s Beginning

Our church sits just north of Carling Avenue, on Island Park Drive. On the other side of Carling lies a large pocket of social housing and low-rent units. KUC launched the Carlington Arts Initiative there in 2013, using some of the proceeds from the sale of the former Westboro United Church.

The Initiative has supported numerous programs and special events, including a Creative Path Arts program, music nights and a drumming group at the Carlington Community Chaplaincy; a mural and art days at the Carlington/Bellevue Community Centre; a Hip-Hop Dance Program with Christie Lake Kids, and arts programs at Lepage Manor. As well, the various arts initiatives have come together for special community-wide events such as a May Fun Fair Day and the fall Arts Showcase.

Who Makes it Work?

The Arts Initiative’s part-time paid Coordinator is key to its success. The Coordinator collaborates with community members and groups. A high priority is to foster leadership from within the community — supporting residents to organize and host the events and programs. KUC volunteers manage the Arts Initiative and help at events, and some join the programs and learn to paint or sculpt or drum with our Carlington neighbours.

How to get involved

There are many ways to support the Carlington Arts Initiative! Do you have a passion for the arts? Maybe you want to explore your own creative talents? Do you want to help occasionally at an event?

Contact the Coordinator Linda Vanderlee at

Visit the Carlington Arts website

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