Voice of Purpose serves Community Arts Organizations & Artist Educators through the delivery of Purpose Rooted Arts Education. We provide professional development trainings for Artist-Educators & Community Arts Organizations, through innovative and engaging workshops and keynotes about best practices in Community Arts Education.
Our mission is to inspire and engage Community Arts Organizations & Artist-Educators in self-reflective processes to help guide them to find and honour their True Inner Purpose.
The heart and soul of Voice of Purpose’s innovations in education are rooted in the Purpose Rooted Arts Education paradigm.
Purpose Rooted Arts Education in a Nutshell
Purpose Rooted Arts Education is a pedagogy and practice, rooted in the idea that the purpose of the education system should be to help students find and pursue their true purpose in life.
There are 4 core elements to Purpose Rooted Arts Education
- Identity & Authenticity (Purpose)
- Creativity & Technique (The Arts)
- Equity & Inclusion (Social Justice)
- Healing & Well-Being (Holistic)
The Purpose Rooted Arts Education (PRAE) paradigm places honouring students Identities, and their Purpose at the epicentre of its approach. Our approach integrates Creativity & the Arts as foundational and powerful tools to support students’ expressions and explorations of who they are and why they came to be. We look through a lens of Equity & Inclusion to honour students’ histories, legacies, and provide context for honest growth and creating meaningful impact. We believe that holistic approaches to Well-Being is critical to supporting the learning process and the healthy evolution of our education systems, our students, and the world at large.
Through the lens of PRAE, the underlying goal and objective to creating and delivering educational curricula, its contents and structures, systems of evaluation and markers of success – is to help students identify, align with, and develop skills to pursue their True Inner Purpose.
About the Creator of Voice of Purpose
SUN – the Phoenix
Sun (formerly known as The Real Sun) has been an Artist Educator and a leader in community arts organizing since 2005. She has been blazing a path in arts education through the development of Purpose Rooted Arts Education as a pedagogical framework, which includes the Arts, Social Justice, and Well-Being in the exploration of Identity & Purpose. She has worked with thousands of students of all ages in schools and community organizations across Ontario and beyond.
Sun has played key leadership and co-creational roles with respected and award-winning community arts organizations such as Lost Lyrics, Nomanzland, BeLovEd, and the West Side Arts Hub. Sun has successfully developed and delivered projects in partnership with organizations such as Art Starts, Neighbourhood Arts Network, Toronto District School Board, York University, North York Arts, and many chapters of the Boys and Girls Club across Toronto. She has also worked as an Artist Educator with organizations such as Arts For Children and Youth (VIBE Arts), Young People’s theatre, Soul Pepper Theatre, Toronto Catholic District School Board, Limestone District School Board, University of Toronto Schools, and many more.
Sun has sat on Grant Review Committees for funders such as the Ontario Arts Council, Art Reach Toronto, City of Toronto Arts and Culture for Local Arts Service Organizations. She has led Royal Conservatory (RCM) Artist Educator trainings as an instructor, teaching in areas of Professional Development in Arts Education and Facilitation. Sun holds an Artist Educator Mentor certificate from the RCM, a degree in International Development from York University, and has studied for four years at the Integral Healing Centre of Toronto in the fields of Psychotherapy, Bio-Energetic Therapy, and Energy Healing.
Sun’s true inner purpose and calling is to guide artists to embody a greater place of authenticity with themselves. This includes teaching Artist Educators to use Purpose Rooted Arts Education as a tool to empower their learners through the Arts. Originally born in Korea, Sun is now based in Toronto, Ontario.