The Village Post
Art school founder crosses socio-economic borders
by Julie Greco
When Lola Rasminsky began teaching six kindergarten children an integrated arts program in the basement of her Russell Hill Road home, she had no idea how quickly it would grow or the impact art would have on children’s lives.
At that time, Rasminsky, who wanted to teach music after taking her M.A. in philosophy at the University of Toronto, decided to begin the program so she could stay at home with her two children. But soon the graduates of the kindergarten class, which combined music, art and drama, wanted to continue. And their parents also wanted to join in. Before she knew it, she had about 100 students in her home basement every day.
To accommodate the growth, she purchased the property on Avenue Road in 1993, and the Avenue Road Arts School was born.