Connecting Lake Simcoe's Community

The MacLaren Art Centre’s Tuesday Morning “Art Explorers” recently met with representatives of the May Court Club of Barrie to celebrate the Club’s continuing support of their programme. This is the second consecutive year that the May Court Club has generously supported the Tuesday Morning Group. Pat Lord, May Court President, and club member Marianne Schall presented the Art Explorers and members of the MacLaren education staff with a donation of $1,700 to help underwrite the costs of art materials and the instructor’s fees. Thanks to this financial support, the MacLaren is able to offer the Tuesday Morning programme at no charge to the participants.

The Tuesday Morning Group has been meeting at the MacLaren for more than a decade and Artist-Instructor Polly Sharpe has been leading this programme for developmentally disabled adults and youth for the past two years. Each week she leads a two-hour session introducing these enthusiastic Art Explorers to a wide range of materials including paint, plaster, clay, pastels and more. The MacLaren Art Centre reaches almost 50,000 people each year, including 21,000 children and youth. The MacLaren is dedicated to offering stimulating programmes that encourage awareness and enjoyment of the visual arts for community members of all ages, interests and abilities. The Tuesday Morning Group is a prime example of this commitment. This programme has such a positive impact on those taking part: it fosters their creativity as well as their self-confidence and self-esteem by providing a stimulating and positive social environment.  Later this month, the Art Explorers will display their work at the MacLaren and celebrate all they have accomplished!

The May Court Club of Barrie, established in 1970, is a volunteer organization of women committed to and helping those in need in Barrie and the surrounding area.   The Barrie Club has 125 members and is a branch of the oldest volunteer association in Canada; the first May Court Club was founded in Ottawa in 1898. The MacLaren is grateful for the support of The May Court Club members and their commitment to “working to change lives for the better”.

For more information about the Tuesday Morning Group and all of the MacLaren’s art classes for children, youth, families and adults, visit

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