Infusion Professional Development

Professional Development in Arts Integration
for Teachers and Artists

ArtStarts is pleased to offer Infusion professional development opportunities for artists and teachers interested in bringing the arts and arts integration into schools across British Columbia.

Through professional learning opportunities, we wish to provide practical resources and approaches that can enhance the way artists, educators and young people are engaged in and through the arts.

Pro-D Events for Artists


Arts Integration Learning Lab for Artists in Greater Vancouver Area: March 14 to 18, 2016

Download the Application Form

The deadline to apply is January 18, 2016 at Noon

Questions? Contact Elfred Matining, Program Manager: infusion@artstarts.com or 604-336-0626 ext 106

Are you a professional artist interested in working with young people and educators in schools? Or do you already have some experience and want to enhance your skills?

The Arts Integration Learning Lab is a professional development experience for artists of all disciplines in the Greater Vancouver area or within a commutable distance. This program is designed to build the capacity of professional artists and position them to work alongside educators in schools. The Arts Integration Learning Lab comprises a series of five practical, experiential learning sessions from March 14 to 18, 2016.

Artists selected to participate in the Arts Integration Learning Lab will:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of arts integration and identify opportunities to grow their own professional practice
  • Build facilitation skills to effectively work with young people and educators
  • Develop abilities to plan and lead quality arts integrated interactions
  • Learn about resources and opportunities for artists available through ArtStarts
  • Explore the culture of schools and connect with curriculum
  • Discover opportunities for artists to connect with educators in a professional capacity
  • Connect with other artists in the Greater Vancouver area and engage in peer learning

A Fully Subsidized Learning Series for Artists

The cost for artists selected to participate in the Arts Integration Learning Lab will be fully subsidized and covers tuition, program materials and lunch. This opportunity is made possible through funding support from the BC Arts Council and the Government of British Columbia's Creative Futures program.

Please Note: If you applied for the previous session of the Arts Integration Learning Lab and were not successful, please consider applying again.

Workshop Details

Creativity 101

Monday, March 14, 2016
9am to 3pm

How do we talk about creativity within an institutional, educational context? Through left- and right-brain workshop activities, participate in a series of collaborative, hands-on experiences that will unpack contemporary perceptions of art and education, philosophies and domains of the creative process, and an introduction to arts integration as an approach to teaching.

Pedagogy: Art Practice as Teaching Practice

Tuesday, March 15, 2016
9am to 3pm

Learning is the acquisition of knowledge; investigating the multiple ways that transfer can occur is the subject of pedagogy. An art practice is potent with the capability to create dialogue — and through this dialogue learning happens. Working with a professional teaching artist, explore how the creative process, through an arts integration approach, can be utilized to engage and activate the imaginations of young people in classrooms.

School Culture

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
9am to 3pm

Every school has a unique combination of cultural values, norms and guiding principles that form their collective “school culture”. Through an interactive panel discussion and hands-on presentation with experienced educators and professional teaching artists, gain perspectives about the contemporary nuances of schools in British Columbia. They will walk through a recent Artists in the Classroom project and discuss the process of ideation, planning and execution from the perspective of school culture.

Navigating Resources

Thursday, March 17, 2016
9am to 3pm

Having a sound knowledge of resources is key to creating inclusive, informative and engaging arts-based learning experiences for young people. Discover where to access relevant resources and learn how to utilize them effectively. Through a series of collaborative workshop activities, learn how to navigate the BC Ministry of Education Curriculum with confidence, present your professional art practice to educators and write articulate, compelling grant proposals.

Ecosystem of Teaching Methods

Friday, March 18, 2016
9am to 3pm

Teachers are creative, innovative and pragmatic people. A teacher constantly references, adapts and combines a multiplicity of teaching methods to make up their individual teaching practice. Learn from an experienced educator and discover a variety of teaching methods while collaborating in small groups to design an arts integrated learning experience for young people.

Who Can Apply?

To apply to the Arts Integration Learning Lab, you must be:

  • A professional artist Working in any artistic discipline(s): visual arts, theatre, music, dance, storytelling, interdisciplinary, etc.
  • A resident of the Greater Vancouver area or within a commutable distance (see map below)
  • Committed to attend all five days of workshops
  • Please Note: If you applied for the previous session of the Arts Integration Learning Lab and were not successful, please consider applying again.

We're looking to engage participants with a range of experiences. You are welcome to apply if:

  • You are interested in working with young people and/or educators in schools, but you don't yet have much experience in this capacity.

or

  • You already have some experience working with young people and/or educators in schools, and want to enhance your skills.

Where and When?

  • The Arts Integration Learning Lab takes place at the ArtStarts Gallery and Resource Centre in downtown Vancouver at 808 Richards Street (at Robson) (map)
  • Artists take part in five days of workshops from 9am to 3pm on Monday, March 14, 2016 through Friday, March 18, 2016.

Definitions to Note

  • A professional artist is defined as someone who has specialized training in the arts (not necessarily in academic institutions); is recognized as a professional by his or her peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition); is committed to devoting more time to his or her artistic activity, if financially possible; and has a history of public presentation. (Source: Canada Council for the Arts)
  • Arts Integration is an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form and engage in a creative process which connects an art form and another subject area and meets evolving objectives in both. (Source: The Kennedy Centre)

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About ArtStarts in Schools

The Arts Integration Learning Lab is presented by ArtStarts in Schools, a not-for-profit organization that provides innovative arts programs for young people, practical resources for teachers and artists, and leadership in advocacy for arts in education. ArtStarts regularly offers Infusion professional development opportunities for artists and teachers interested in bringing the arts and arts integration into schools across BC.

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Download the Application Form

The deadline to apply is January 18, 2016 at Noon

Questions? Contact Elfred Matining, Program Manager: infusion@artstarts.com or 604-336-0626 ext 106

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Pro-D Events for Teachers

If you are interested in exploring professional development opportunities at your school or at ArtStarts, please get in touch! Contact Elfred Matining, Program Manager at ArtStarts: infusion@artstarts.com or 604-336-0626 ext 105.

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Be sure to check out examples of our past Pro-D events.

Past Events

Explore past professional development events for artists and educators.

What is Arts Integration?

The arts are taught in many ways in schools. Discover what we mean by the terms "arts-enhanced curriculum", "arts as curriculum" and "arts integration".

 

Arts in Education
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Arts Integration in Action Guest Blog

Be inspired by stories from artists and educators that highlight the many ways that the arts can bring learning alive for young people in classrooms and communities across BC. Read the Arts Integration in Action guest blog! And if you have a story to share, let us know!

Past Initiatives

The Infusion Cohort program took place from September 2012 to June 2015. Six professional artists collaborated with a team of educators in six elementary schools across British Columbia to discover and develop ways to bring arts integration based practices into the classroom. This learning adventure inspired an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form. Learn more.

Visit the ArtStarts Gallery between April and Septmeber 2015 to see student artwork from the Infusion Champion Schools in the current exhibition, At the Intersection: Where Art and Education Meet.