DARKSPARK is an arts organization that uses songwriting, storytelling and recording to engage and inspire youth to create social change.
Recovery & Reconciliation
Engagement & Learning
Darkspark uses transformative arts education programming in schools to engage, empower and educate students using the unifying medium of popular music.
Through custom programs or special projects, participants learn and reflect on curriculum while being guided through the process of conceptualizing, writing, recording and releasing contemporary pop songs.
One of Darkspark's recent priorities is the Four Directions Project, which collaborates with Canadian schools to convey history curriculum. Students create and release songs for change and healing that educate, reclaim and reconcile colonial history that is very much a part of Canada's present.
Pop Culture Projects
Darkspark collaborates with popular artists, producers and youth around the world to share stories through song, and lead conversations that bridge cultural divides.
Our pop culture projects are as varied and creative as the artists we collaborate with. They are built for digital platforms that encourage sharing, engagement, and multicultural perspective.
In a world that is connected digitally, yet often divided culturally, music is a unifying force that transcends polarizing times.
Darkspark collaborates with communities, other not-for-profits and youth-focused organizations to create social change through song. When shared, these pieces of music assist in addressing issues of public concern.
Each of our projects culminates with a public presentation of the work created. Project participants gather their diverse communities to host a unique, youth-led conversation. In their own voice, each song is introduced and contextualized by its creator, before it is shared. In this way, the art, stories and perspectives of youth educate and powerfully impact audiences.
From gun violence to suicide prevention, racism to nationalism, song can be a powerful activator for all citizens to start a conversation, raise awareness and create change.
“I am excited about (Darkspark) - the work that it does, and can't speak highly enough about the calibre and integrity of its work.”
- Jean-Paul Restoule, Associate Professor, Aboriginal Education - Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (University Of Toronto)