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May 01, 2019

Projects Funded Through the Artists in the Classroom Grant

ArtStarts in Schools is pleased to announce that we have distributed $444,024.12 in Artists in the Classroom grants for the 2018-19 school year. The grants funded 122 projects for schools across the province to bring artists into their classrooms including 18 large scale projects of up to $10,000.

Through these projects,

  • 12,246 students will get the chance to engage in hands-on arts experiences with professional artists to facilitate deeper learning,
  • 225 professional artists will further develop their artistic excellence and practice, and
  • 649 educators will integrate arts into their classrooms to inspire creativity and innovation.

The projects span British Columbia from Penelakut Island to Smithers to Winlaw for students from kindergarten to grade 12. Artistic disciplines range from mask-making to creative writing to textiles. The 122 projects competed in a merit-based assessment of artistic quality, student engagement, curricular connections and project scope. Each project is unique; you can see a full listing of these projects below.

We were happy this year to be able to provide 100% funding coverage for school in the First Nations Schools Association of BC (FNSA). As a result, we funded 8 projects at FNSA schools, bringing artistic experiences to 443 students.

Here is just a taste of some of the projects:

 

Story Trails – Welcome Gate

Ditidaht Community School, Port Alberni

$10,000

"Ditidaht Community School (DCS) is implementing land-based education into the curriculum for the purpose of connecting students to their traditional territory, developing teamwork skills, job-readiness skills, and cultural immersion.

As part of our new ‘Story Trails’ program, students will work together to build a trail through the forest that will serve as a community recreation resource.

The students will create interpretative signs, painted rocks, and other artworks to establish the trail as a sacred space.

The centerpiece for the trail will be a carved Totem Pole entrance gate that the students will create under the tutelage of a Master Carver. The Totems will feature symbols of their territory. Because the trail leads towards the direction of the ancestral homelands of Clo-oose and Whayc, the theme of the trail will be that ‘it leads towards home,’ which is a very important symbol for the students to recognize and acknowledge.

Students will carve and paint the Totems and participate in every aspect of their creation, over a number of months. Carving the Totems will also serve as an important school-day activity that can be worked into their classroom activities and scheduled accordingly."

 

Big Hands, Little Hands, making time with hands

Begbie View Elementary, Revelstoke

$1,505

“This project will be a start to finish  exploration of clay as an artistic and functional material in our sundial project. Making the sundial out of clay will be the grand finale of a unit on celestial bodies in science. After learning about how the Earth, sun, and moon interact to create the seasons, time, tides, etc, students will make a paper mockup template of the sundial and take hourly measurements to create hour locations. Their paper mockup template will then be transferred onto clay. Students will use a number of ceramic techniques to add detail, the arm, and artistic patterns. The creative imaginations of the students will be given free reign over design and cosmetic designs. After firing and glazing there will be an art show for their creations. At the show my students will use their sundials to demonstrate to other students in the intermediate wing how to use the sun to tell time and how celestial bodies interact with one another.  Students will also share the best practice mechanics of ceramics as well as how their imagination is represented in their finished product. The finished sundials will then be taken home.”

 

The Voice is a World

Reynolds Secondary, Victoria

$3,500

"Students in the Flexible Studies Program will engage with artists Jillian Christmas and Lucia Misch to create spoken word poems in response to the questions: What is “story”? Which stories get told? Which remain unheard? Who can tell these stories and how?

Students will use creative writing as a tool to reflect on, critically examine, and express their points of view on the subjects explored in their year-long HUMANities curriculum in the Flexible Studies Program: how story interacts with history, appropriation, and power, and how we as individuals can expand our approaches and understandings of stories—our own and those of others—in service of creating a more just and equitable society."

 

Contemporary & Historical Indigenous Art & Culture

Eagle Harbour Montessori School, West Vancouver

$3,500

“The project introduces students to Northwest Coast Indigenous artistic culture as a living culture evolved from historical Indigenous cultures. The project will run throughout the 2018/2019 school year. It will be led by Haisla Collins, a local Indigenous mixed media artist.

 

This project impacts students by:

-Building a more sophisticated understanding of contemporary Indigenous culture.

-Developing new artistic skills under the direction of professional Indigenous artists.

-Empowering students to teach reconciliation and understanding of Indigenous culture by sharing their artistic creation and the teachings it represents with their families.

The project also meets the goals of the grant by providing a platform for a local Indigenous artist to extend their practice through creating an elementary school art and history program.”

Artists in the Classroom grants offer up to $3,500 for small scale projects and grants of up to $10,000 for large scale projects. Artists, teachers, principals and PAC representatives in British Columbia are eligible to apply. There are two deadlines for the 2019-20 school year: May 31 and Oct 22.

AIC grants are disbursed by ArtStarts in Schools and funded by BC Arts Council and the Government of British Columbia's Creative Futures program.



School Name

City

Project Title

Amount Funded

A S Matheson Elementary

Kelowna

Confident Learners as Story Creators

$2,450.00

Alpha Secondary

Burnaby

Coast Salish Story Panel at Ecole Alpha Secondary

$3,500.00

Alternate Community Programs

Prince George

Pottery Project - Exploring Identity

$3,500.00

Begbie View Elementary

Revelstoke

Big Hands, Little Hands, making time with hands

$1,505.00

Bonaccord Elementary

Surrey

The Mindfulness Project

$1,638.00

Boston Bar Elem-Sec

Boston Bar

Breakdancing in the Classroom

$800.00

Bowen Island Community School

Bowen Island

BICS Welcome Carving

$8,000.00

Brent Kennedy Elementary

Crescent Valley

Climate Change Mind Bombs!

$3,213.00

Britannia Elementary

Vancouver

Dance - Pacific Storm

$1,456.00

Britannia Secondary

Vancouver

Filmmaking Mentorships

$10,000.00

Burnaby Mountain Secondary

Burnaby

Shrek the Musical

$9,300.00

Burnsview Secondary

Delta

No One of Us Alone

$3,500.00

Caledonia Sr Secondary

Terrace

A Window To…

$3,500.00

Canyon/Lister Elementary

Canyon

Pottery in the Classroom

$975.00

Comox  Valley Waldorf School

Courtenay

Screen Printing classroom art

$6,312.00

Confederation Park Elementary

Burnaby

Seeing our Voices

$3,500.00

Cove Cliff Elementary

North Vancouver

Coast Salish Weaving Project

$3,290.00

Cowichan Valley Open Learning

Duncan

Finding our Voice

$10,000.00

Crawford Bay Elem-Sec

Crawford Bay

Movement, Dance and Rhythm with Emily Honegger

$2,030.00

Crystal View Elementary

Victoria

Dancing Through a Coding Journey

$3,500.00

David Hoy Elementary

Fort St James

Local Indigenous Arts and Crafts

$10,000.00

David Thompson Secondary

Vancouver

New Shoots: Nurturing Vancouver’s Teen Writers

$3,500.00

David Thompson Secondary

Vancouver

Visual Storytelling with Film

$523.00

Ditidaht Community School

Port Alberni

Story Trails – Welcome Gate

$10,000.00

Eagle Harbour Montessori School

West Vancouver

Contemporary & Historical Indigenous Art & Culture

$3,500.00

Ecole des Glaciers

Revelstoke

L’ecole des Glaciers Expressive Dance Project

$1,440.00

Ecole Margaret Jenkins

Victoria

Artists in the Classroom

$3,200.00

Ecole Pauline Johnson

West Vancouver

Le Projet de Luciole

$3,490.00

Edmonds Community School

Burnaby

Lax to the Max

$4,027.00

Ellison Elementary, Vernon

Vernon

Visions for the Future

$2,030.00

False Creek Elementary

Vancouver

The Puppet Musical Project

$3,414.00

Fernie Secondary

Fernie

'Time and Place' Fernie BC

$3,500.00

First Nations High School, Hazelton

Hazelton

Drawing Inspiration

$3,500.00

Florence Nightingale Elementary

Vancouver

Water, Justice, Thunderbird

$3,500.00

Florence Nightingale Elementary

Vancouver

Written By & Starring YOU

$924.00

Forsyth Road Elementary

Surrey

Tohio! Storytelling on the Wing of Proverbs

$10,000.00

George Jay Elementary

Victoria

Sounding our Futures

$3,230.00

George Jay Elementary

Victoria

10 Days, 200 Writers at George Jay Elementary

$3,490.00

Gilpin Elementary

Burnaby

The Snow Queen

$3,500.00

Guildford Learning Centre

Surrey

Hip Hop Roots Series

$1,120.00

Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw School

Port Hardy

Our Living Culture-Traditional Cedar Bark Weaving

$10,000.00

Hartley Bay School

Hartley Bay

Gitga'at Weaving and Cultural Arts

$3,500.00

Highland Secondary

Comox

Project Isolation

$2,150.00

Highland Secondary

Comox

Screen the World

$2,740.00

Highland Secondary

Comox

Global Interdependence Art Connections

$1,050.00

Hillview Elementary

Vernon

Exploration of the Syilx legend

$1,540.00

Isabella Dicken Elementary

Fernie

Drawn on Nature; natural materials in art

$3,500.00

J Alfred Laird Elementary

Invermere

Images and Identity

$1,908.12

J V Humphries Elem-Sec

Kaslo

Intermediate Ab-Ed. Drum Making Project

$2,489.00

J V Humphries Elem-Sec

Kaslo

JVH Cube – K-12 School Community Felting Project

$3,488.00

James L Webster Elementary

Trail

Friendship Dance

$525.00

John Oliver Secondary

Vancouver

Layers of the Self: exploring identity through art

$1,950.00

John Oliver Secondary

Vancouver

The Art of Belonging

$1,820.00

Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School

North Vancouver

The Firefly Project

$3,490.00

Kerrisdale Elementary

Vancouver

Weaving Currents of Change

$3,500.00

Kitimat City High

Kitimat

Exploring Indigenous Art Forms

$3,500.00

L A Matheson Secondary

Surrey

Still Here: Black Histories and Futures in BC

$4,772.00

Langdale Elementary

Gibsons

Fairy Tale Mash-Up

$3,500.00

Langley Fine Arts School

Fort Langley

Songwrighting Workshop with Laura Kwerk

$2,547.00

Lord Nelson Elementary

Vancouver

Twirl, Slide, Blur

$1,981.00

Lord Tweedsmuir Elementary

New Westminster

Who am I?  Building Identity through Puppets

$3,500.00

Lucerne Elem-Secondary

New Denver

Once Upon a Mattress

$3,500.00

Manoah Steves Elementary

Richmond

Weaving the past into the future

$1,232.00

McBride Centennial Elementary

McBride

Finding Our Voices

$1,229.00

Mitchell Elementary

Richmond

The Bird Project

$3,500.00

Moscrop Jr Secondary

Burnaby

Inside the Mask - A deeper perspective on Mask

$3,150.00

Mount Sentinel Secondary

South Slocan

Shadow Boxes; The Poetic Theatre of Me

$2,303.00

Mount Sentinel Secondary

South Slocan

Medley of Art

$2,450.00

Muheim Memorial Elementary

Smithers

PROJECT MEMORY: I am here

$3,500.00

Nanoose Bay Elementary

Nanoose Bay

Self-Discovery: Imagination, Building and Design

$3,479.00

Nanoose Bay Elementary

Nanoose Bay

The Three C's of Effective Communication

$3,339.00

Nathan Barton Elementary

Gincolth

Cultural Identity

$9,781.00

New Westminster Secondary

New Westminster

Rocksolid Social Justice Theatre

$3,500.00

Nootka Elementary

Vancouver

Little Heroes: Comedic Character Showcase and Prod

$3,346.00

North Island Distance Education School - iclass

Courtenay

The Duchess’ Bath

$3,500.00

North Island Distance Education School - iclass

Courtenay

Finding Harmony

$3,500.00

Oak Bay Secondary

Victoria

Ryan Oliver Big Band Interpretation & Jazz Concept

$3,000.00

Oak Bay Secondary

Victoria

Exploring Diversity and Power through movement

$2,450.00

Oaklands Elementary

Victoria

Oaklands Totem/Legacy Project

$10,000.00

Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry

Victoria

Community Collaborative Creation

$3,250.00

Pemberton Secondary

Pemberton

Professional Visual Journaling Tattoo

$3,224.00

Pender Islands Elem-Sec

Pender Island

Uniting Gulf Island Schools Through Music

$9,310.00

Penelakut Island School

Penelakut Island

My life on an island by the children of Penelakut

$3,500.00

Penelakut Island School

Penelakut Island

Sing.Dance.Drum

$10,000.00

Quarterway Elementary

Nanaimo

Exploring Our Feelings Through Drama

$1,120.00

Queen Mary Community Elementary, North Vancouver

North Vancouver

The Firefly Project

$1,675.00

Queen Mary Elementary, Vancouver

Vancouver

Growing Together

$3,500.00

Quilchena Elementary, Vancouver

Vancouver

World-building and book binding project

$2,125.00

Redfish Elementary

Nelson

Animating A Relationship with Nature

$868.00

Reynolds Secondary

Victoria

The Voice is a World

$3,500.00

Roberts Creek Elementary

Roberts Creek

Fibre Forward: Excursions in the Textile Arts

$2,800.00

S J Willis Educational Centre

Victoria

Traces of Topaz

$2,017.00

Saltspring Elementary

Saltspring Island

Creative Nature Connection in Our Own Backyard

$3,500.00

Saltspring Island Middle School

Saltspring Island

Voices of Spring

$3,500.00

Selkirk Montessori School

Victoria

Stories Alive

$1,654.00

Sensisyusten House of Learning

Westbank

Gourd Animal Masks

$2,500.00

Simon Cunningham Elementary

Surrey

Fashion Machine

$3,500.00

Snc'c'amala?tn School

Vernon

These are All My Relations

$3,500.00

South Canoe Outdoor Learning School

Salmon Arm

Sense of Place Songs

$2,996.00

South Sa-Hali Elementary

Kamloops

Body Music Performance Intensive

$3,500.00

Sparwood Secondary

Sparwood

Voices Unite

$595.00

Sparwood Secondary

Sparwood

Blacksmithin in a Coal Town

$3,500.00

Spencer Middle School

Victoria

Na’ Tsa’ Maht (One Mind - One Spirit)

$3,500.00

St Mary's School, Chilliwack

Chilliwack

History and Exploration of Dance

$3,094.00

St Patrick's School, Victoria

Victoria

Exploring Identity through Art and FPPL

$3,500.00

Summerland Montessori School

Summerland

Moving tales: Rhythm, movement, and storytelling

$2,100.00

Sunrise Alternative School

Vancouver

Agency and Connection through Art

$2,007.00

Suwa'lkh Learning Centre

Coquitlam

Interactive Play and sharing circle: INHERITANCE

$3,500.00

Tahayghen Elementary

Masset

Creature Concepts

$3,500.00

Tecumseh Elementary

Vancouver

Our Names, Ourselves

$895.00

The Whole School

Winlaw

Considering The Whole

$3,500.00

Thunderbird Elementary

Vancouver

New Garden, Fresh Eyes

$3,500.00

Trafalgar Elementary

Vancouver

UNESCO Utopia school mural & song

$3,500.00

Trafalgar Middle School

Nelson

Working Together on Global Issues

$1,736.00

Tsawalk Learning Centre

Gold River

Well Being Blankets Connecting Media and Fibre art

$10,000.00

Valemount Elementary

Valemount

Masking Emotions

$1,322.00

Vancouver Technical Secondary

Vancouver

Karaoke Video Pool

$3,500.00

Wellington Secondary

Nanaimo

Tim Sars Trio at Wellington Secondary

$2,870.00

West Vancouver Secondary

West Vancouver

Flipping Perspectives of Space, Place, &  History

$10,000.00

Westside Montessori Academy

Vancouver

Exploration in Drawing and Painting

$2,800.00

Winlaw Elementary School

Winlaw

History of Discrimination in the Slocan Valley

$3,500.00

Witset Elementary Secondary School

Smithers

Moving Forward Without Hesitation

$10,000.00

 

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