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In March of 2020, the lives of Canadians across the country changed forever. The Ontario government called for the closure of all schools, including daycares, elementary and secondary schools and all Universities. A deadly virus – COVID-19 is sweeping the entire world with fatalities in the thousands. For the first time, Cierra Johnson was asked to stay at home to continue her studies. Like most students she wondered if on-line learning, especially for her art courses would still be as engaging. Within a week, all her classes were converted to e-learning. As she continued to take her courses through Zoom calls she became overwhelmed, as online school is not an easy thing to manage. There is universal stress in everyone’s homes with families not working, and now having to supervise their children. Cierra understood that it wasn’t just her peers that were affected, but so were children and families enduring the pressures of the pandemic.

 


For Cierra, art has always been something that has made herself happy. At the beginning of 2020, she sparked a brilliant idea, the start of CJ Customs. Cierra started her small business by customizing shoes with all sorts of colourful designs from LV patterns to flowers! As soon as she posted them online, she began to receive traction. People began contacting her asking to customize their shoes and jackets! Not long after that she began to create resin art. From floral keychains, to coasters, to holiday themed snow globes! Not only does CJ Customs create wonderful artwork, but 100% of the proceeds from July 2020 to November 2020 went towards the Children’s Make a Wish Foundation. From November 2020 onwards, all proceeds are donated to creArt Foundation!

 

 

 

After winning the Miss Vaughan World title at the Miss World Canada Preliminaries (February 2020) Cierra began to put her project into action.

 

Now as Miss Ontario World 2021, she is continuing to enrich the lives of youth ages 6-18 in challenged home environments, by giving them the tools necessary to tap into their creative side! Her goal is to help children gain confidence, expand their imaginations and assist with their individual growth. Now even more so, with the pressures of the pandemic affecting every family household, it is crucial for her to reach out to as many children in her community to help in any way that she could.

 

 

 

Running virtual workshops means that we must get art supplies out to all the participants' homes. Cierra decided to reach out to local businesses in her community to purchase art supplies. With help from her community she has raised over $30,000 to date. She created -“creArt paks” which has all the art supplies to complete four different art projects. She then delivers these art paks to the front doors of each participant’s home. She hopes to enrich the lives of many children, and youth in her community, and one day, across the country. Engaging in Art activities will help continue to promote positive mental health and also provide a truly memorable experience for all!

Why creArt?

Arts Education is essential for youth and children to develop properly. At creArt, we make learning a FUN experience!

Community Partners

creArt continues to reach out to local groups and communities to provide support and offer our art workshops to children and youth.

Gallery

Come and see all the great artwork the students have been creating. Behind the scenes look at our students learning new techniques.

Cierra made art online so much fun

5-Stars

Cierra made art online so much fun for my son Alex ! He was engaged for the entire workshop and didn’t want to stop! He is looking forward to his next workshop.

Lisa G (mom)

Thank you!

5-Stars

Thank you for your generous donation of providing art workshops for the children in our shelter. With your help we are able to offer the level of services that are critical in helping so many families build a better future.

Red Door Family Shelter

 

Cierra's art classes are a lot of fun!

5-Stars

Cierra's art classes are a lot of fun!  I really enjoyed making mini clay animals!

Alex G. (Age 15)

I love Cierra’s art workshop!

5-Stars

I had a great time making the optical illusion drawing! I love Cierra’s art workshop!

Monica  (Age 13)

It was fun!

5-Stars

I learned about the colour wheel and how to use cubism to make a Picasso portrait! It was fun!

Sofia (Age 8)

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