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  • Arts Integration Learning Lab in Nanaimo

    Call for Artists! Apply by September 30

  • Stand Out! Teacher Pro-D October 21, 2016

    Early Bird Rates until September 30

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.

  • I have new and exciting ideas for how to explore arts integration and employ mediums and work with partners that I had not considered before. Artist
  • This workshop really got me thinking about how we approach creativity as a topic in the classroom. Teacher
  • I feel empowered and inspired! This experience has allowed me real room for personal growth as an artist and a learner. Artist
  • I appreciate the reminder that art can be used as a tool to express learning. Paper and pencil need not dominate our classrooms. Teacher
  • This experience made me a better artist, by challenging me personally and professionally. Artist
Event for Artists

Event for Artists

Arts Integration Learning Lab

Artists in BC’s Vancouver Island and Coast region are invited to apply by September 30, 2016

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, designed to build their capacity and position them to work alongside educators in schools. This event offers a series of five practical, experiential learning workshops taking place in Nanaimo, from November 14 to 18, 2016. Professional artists living throughout BC’s Vancouver Island and Coast region are invited to apply.

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

Learn more and apply now!
Event for Teachers

Event for Teachers

Stand Out! Putting Learning on the Centre Stage through the Performing Arts

Professional Development Workshops in Arts Integration for BC Teachers on October 21, 2016

Stand Out! Putting Learning on the Centre Stage through the Performing Arts is a full-day professional learning experience for BC teachers on Friday, October 21, 2016 at the ArtStarts Gallery in Vancouver. This event will engage your creativity while exploring arts integration as an approach to teaching.

Take part in two hands-on, skills-based workshops in the arts that aim to nurture your creative confidence. The workshops will be followed by a plenary conversation, facilitated by educator Leanne Ewen, on how we can immediately put these newly learned art skills into action in the classroom.

Early Bird rates until September 30, 2016.
Learn more and register now!
Pro-D Events for Artists

Pro-D Events for Artists

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Pro-D Events for Teachers

Pro-D Events for Teachers

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If you're interested in exploring professional development opportunities at your school or at ArtStarts, please get in touch! Contact Elfred Matining, Program Manager at or 604-336-0626 ext 106.

Explore Past Events

Explore Past Events

Curious about professional development looks like with ArtStarts? Check out some examples of our past events.
Arts Integration in Action Guest Blog

Arts Integration in Action Guest Blog

Read the Arts Integration in Action guest blog and be inspired by real stories from artists and educators across BC who are bringing learning alive through the arts.
If you have a story to share, please get in touch.
What is Arts Integration?

What is Arts Integration?

We use the definition of Arts Integration developed by The Kennedy Center:

Arts Integration is an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form. Students engage in a creative process which connects an art form and another subject area and meets evolving objectives in both.

Read more about this definition and unpack each of the key terms.
Different Kinds of Arts in Education

Different Kinds of Arts in Education

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. Download our Modes of Art in Education chart.

Read more about Arts in Education, including information about the BC School Curriculum.


BC Arts Council and the Government of British Columbia are committed to ensuring that all British Columbians are able to participate in a healthy arts and cultural community recognized for its excellence. Through this provincial financial support, the arts and cultural community will continue to achieve its creative, social and economic success.
Infusion: Arts in Education was created by 2010 Legacies Now, with the support from the Province of British Columbia, as a legacy of the 2010 Winter Games.