CAFC raises over $500 for youth mental health

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Welcoming Words Poetry Open Mic, audience and poets alike. With your support, we were able to raise over $500 for our Illuminate Youth Mental Health program. Our heartfelt thanks for your contribution to our cause, and a hearty congratulations to our 5 raffle winners. We are so grateful for Montreal’s diverse creative community and can’t wait to see you all in the new year!

For more information about our Illuminate project, please click here. 

If you’d like to support us, here’s how you can donate.

Have ideas, questions, or would like to volunteer? Send us an email at!

Fundraiser! Welcoming Words Poetry Open Mic

You’re invited to our latest fundraising event! The CAFC will be hosting an evening of poetry readings, workshops, and art therapy on November 18th from 6:00PM to 9:00PM to raise funds for our upcoming Illuminate: Youth Mental Health Conference. 

For more information, click here.

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Illuminate Conference: Youth Mental Health & Art Therapy

We are thrilled to announce an extraordinary series of events running from September 2023 to August 2024, designed to highlight the power of art therapy and creative expression in improving youth mental health.

Dubbed Illuminate, this immersive program promises to engage, educate, and empower individuals of all ages within our vibrant Montreal community.

International Virtual Conference

On January 6th, 2024, from 3pm–6pm EST, we proudly present a three-hour international virtual conference. Our panel features a blend of education professionals, mental health experts, and youth ambassadors ready to share their valuable experiences and insights. Enjoy an interactive Q&A session and leave with digital gift bags and a certificate of participation.

New book collaboration: Final Boarding Call

On March 8, 2023, Final Boarding Call, our latest book collaboration with Jinwen Zhang, was published! Check it out here

Art and storytelling marry seamlessly in this stunning creative work. Through Zhang’s eyes, the reader experiences a visual world composed mainly of black and white, making use of texture, balance, contrast, and sense of space. Together with a patchwork of poetry, prose, and epistolary elements, these images conduct the reader through a beautiful, poignant dreamscape. 

The Creative Arts Foundation of Canada (CFAC) is proud to support emerging young Canadian artists like Zhang so that they may have the opportunity to share their fresh creative vision.

Check out our latest book project: Math Fiction!

Many adults still struggle with arithmetic today because they never received a solid mathematical foundation during their childhood. Math fiction wants to offer children a fresh start in getting to better appreciate math and its importance and practicality in their daily life.

Math Fiction workshops have been designed to teach students a mathematical concept and ask them to create a story that focuses on teaching this mathematical concept to other students. Through storytelling and hands-on practice, children will gain a better understanding of mathematics, which in turn will allow them to grow into more numerically literate adults.


New book! Artventures: Stories for children, by children

Thank you to everyone who participated in our collaborative, fun-filled book project! We are so proud of all of our young creators. Artventures: Stories for children, by children is available for purchase here.

This project is no longer open, but stay tuned for more creative opportunities.

The CAFC is proud to announce that the “Artvertures” Book project is now open to all Canadians aged 9 to 13 years old. Candidates are to sign up by January 22nd, 2023 11:59 PM. We welcome all students regardless of their background and their disability.

Help fund our new project: Montreal Streets 100 Years from Now!

What will our charming city look like one hundred years from now? This imaginative project will spread awareness of the history and the trends of urban and technological development, while showing how the essence of Montreal transcends time.

In this playful foray into the next century, viewers will become more aware of how city infrastructure develops over time and will be invited to consider how it could change in the future, with a keen eye to Montreal’s past and present. The project will likewise be a way for Montrealers to feel a closer connection to our city’s rich culture and to have increased awareness and interest in Montreal’s development.

We are currently seeking a grant to help fund this exciting new project! If you’d like to help, or would like more information, please get in touch with us at

New book! Growing Pains published September 2022

Angel Wu’s anthology of poems conveys a complex tapestry of emotions that relates to young adults struggling with depression. 

The CAFC is committed to promoting the importance of mental health and worked closely with Wu to make her voice heard.

Find Growing Pains by Angel Wu here.

Competition – Art for Peace 

We thank all of the participants in the Art for Peace Competition. Stay tuned for more exciting creative opportunities.

Our new art competition is on its way!

A world filled with peace and love is at the center of our concerns at the Foundation. We are therefore excited to launch this new competition: this opportunity concerns all young people who wish to express themselves on the subject of peace and war.


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New book! It Will Be Fine has been published!

We are honoured to present our new book, It Will Be Fine, showcasing talented youth across Canada as we explore the promotion of mental health during the pandemic.


It Will be Fine – View our Virtual Exhibition!

We’re happy to showcase our book exhibition. Thanks to everyone’s hard work, we put together an amazing collection of meaningful artwork!



It Will Be Fine! – Book Project 2021

We’re putting together an exciting new book that showcases the creativity and talent of our youth! The topic this time is: What solutions can we find to combat the social and psychological impact of Covid-19?

Find out what our youth has come up with! We think you’ll find a world full of heart and soul in this latest book!


New Art Course Book! – 2021

We’ve made a new art coursebook!

The aim of Creative Adventures is to guide the learner through a journey of exploration and imagination, all while developing their drawing skills. With 26 projects, this book gives the perfect foundation for any beginner’s art practice!




Tell Your Story – Book Project 2020!

The Quarantine Diaries has been finished!

We’ve asked high school students across Canada for their stories about their struggles and worries and we’ve learned a lot through their experiences. Through their laughter, heartache, and insecurities, we can see that we are not so alone in our struggles are we might believe. 



Lemon Child by Shilin Zhang has been published!

An enchanting debut by Shilin Zhang, that combines themes of nurture,
compassion, growth and the family you choose. A tale candid, heartwarming and bittersweet as a lemon!

Check it out here!

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Westmount Independent publishes article about two winners of our essay contest!

Congratulations again to all of our young writers and we invite you to participate in more of our upcoming contests and creative opportunities.

Congratulations the winners of My Portrait 2020!

  • 5-8 years old. 1st Prize Jin Yu Zhou (Agnes), 2nd Prize Bogdan Jurjiu, 3rd Prize Wuheng Tang (Felix)
  • 9-11 years old. 1st Prize Maria Felicity Tejada, 2nd Prize Hanyue Liu
  • 12-14 years old. 1st Prize YiRan Xie
  • 15-17 years old. 1st Prize Emma Wang, 2nd Prize Maria Angelica Tejada, 3rd Prize Gaelle Labreque

A Letter From The Mayor!

A big moment for the CAFC! After receiving the book “Rose à Montréal”, the mayor of Montreal, Valérie Plante, sent us a gracious thank-you letter.

Read the letter here!


International Art Competition 2020 My Portrait


Theme: Know yourself to improve yourself. This year’s competition will give children and teenagers a chance to explore who they are by drawing a self-portrait. To help you get started, here are some questions to think about: Who are you? How do others perceive you? What are your dreams? What makes you the beautiful individual that you are? What are your strengths and weaknesses? How can you be a better person?


Book 2019 From Mind to Line


This book hopes to inspire ideas in those who underestimate the possibilities of instruction-driven creativity while giving some technical knowledge on the side for those who hesitate about certain aspects of constructive drawing.



Book 2019 Whimsical Worlds


The Creative Arts Foundation of Canada created this book for art instructors looking to inspire their children and for parents wishing to share a passion for the arts with their child.


2019 Art Competition

Pollution is threatening our planet; it’s time to imagine better solutions to combat global warming. The Creative Arts Foundation of Canada cordially invites children between the ages of 9 and 17 from the four corners of the world to imagine how to make their city more environmentally friendly …




The Creative Arts Foundation of Canada and Carlyle Elementary School collaborate in the MY CITY MY LIFE project in which art and language are combined to create a student’s illustrated story book…


2017 Youth Public Speaking Conference


A 3-Day Weekend Retreat in the Eastern Townships to Perfect the Art of Public Speaking …



Multicultural project “Khonga Kaft in Montreal”

The multicultural project “Khonga Kaft in Montreal” is a short film that arranges a meeting of two very different cultures that have little awareness of each other’s existence…



Art Exhibition 2016

…It was such a great success that the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau personally wrote us a letter to congratulate us! …


Rose in Montreal published!

Rose in Montreal published in 2016. To order a copy, please contact us at, or check out this link.



2015 International Art Competition Winners

Winners of the 8-10 age category…


2014 Creative Arts Exhibition


The Creative Arts Foundation of Canada organized a creative arts exhibition on the theme of “My Neighbourhood”. The 4-day event took place at a Westmount antiques and arts gallery from December 5th to 8th…



2013 Creative Arts Exhibition

The exhibition was held at the Montreal Art Centre on December 21st 2013. The purpose of this exhibition was to showcase the talent of our young eager students and artists.The event exhibited 392 artworks from children of different ages.



2013 Christmas – Themed Creative Drawing Contest Winners

Winners of the ages 4-6 category:…


2012 Creative Arts Exhibition

The exhibition was held at the Montreal Art Centre on December 8th 2012. The purpose of this exhibition was to showcase the talent of our young eager students and artists. The event exhibited 269 artworks from children of different ages…