Darkspark, founded in 2013 by Melissa Larkin and D'Ari Lisle, is an organization supported by ordinary people who believe small actions can make a big difference in the world. The founders took a small step. Now Darkspark is a growing community of multicultural change makers who intend to make a meaningful difference - reducing prejudice and cultural stereotypes, and bridging the cultural divide for recovery, reconciliation and respect by investing in youth and propagating their hope for Canada’s future.
Darkspark is a transformative arts-education organization that uses songwriting, storytelling, and recording technologies to engage, educate and inspire youth in schools across Canada. While promoting cross-cultural dialogue and understanding, Darkspark works closely with schools and communities to meet their unique goals.
Darkspark’s professional songwriters and producers guide program participants by applying a tested arts-based teaching methodology to the process of conceptualizing, writing, recording and releasing pop songs.
Darkspark uses the cornerstones of engagement and inclusion to facilitate customized in-depth lesson plans, one-on-one writing sessions, and recording time in a mobile recording studio.
Its programs build confidence, self-esteem, tolerance, community, entrepreneurship, creative problem-solving and media literacy skills through creative delivery of standard curriculum - invaluable competencies both inside and outside the classroom.
Darkspark's vision to take its program in to schools across Canada was inspired by Grade 8 youth from The Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte First Nation.
Darkspark was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 2016 to continue and grow the vision of its founders and supporters.
All youth who participate in Darkspark programs anywhere in Canada are offered the opportunity to participate in the organization as non-voting members of the Corporation.
Darkspark respects the intellectual property of all artists and students who participate in its programs, as well as the rights, experiences, cultures and traditions of all Peoples.