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Arts Integration Learning Lab: Indigenous Artists Edition




  • Calling Indigenous Artists in BC!
Indigenous Artists are Vital in Schools

Indigenous Artists are Vital in Schools

Are you an Indigenous artist interested in working with schools? Would you like to inspire curiosity and learning in young people across the province through your creative practice? Do you want to learn how to integrate the BC curriculum and help activate learning in classrooms through art?

Indigenous artists are vital in schools. Sharing your art practice with young people will have a meaningful, lasting impact on the next generation.

Apply now to take part in the Arts Integration Learning Lab: Indigenous Artists Edition!
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Get Involved

Indigenous artists in BC working in all disciplines—visual arts, music, dance, theatre, storytelling and more—are invited to apply to take part in the Arts Integration Learning Lab: Indigenous Artists Edition, a learning series designed to identify the complex relationship between education and decolonization through the perspectives of Indigenous artists.

This collaborative professional learning experience will build your capacity as a Teaching Artist to prepare you for the many different components of the school system—from pedagogy to curriculum to culture and more—while maintaining and strengthening your critical and creative perspective as an Indigenous artist in BC.

Subsidized Learning Series

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

Travel and Accommodation Grants

The Arts Integration Learning Lab will take place within the traditional territories of three local First Nations: the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations in the city of Vancouver, BC. Artists living outside of Metro Vancouver Regional District, but within BC, are eligible to apply for travel and accommodation grants. A limited number of grants are available to successful applicants, distributed by lottery.

Goals of this Learning Series

  • Learn how to develop quality arts-based experiences in a school environment that link your art practice, the BC Ministry of Education's revised curriculum and the First Peoples Principles of Learning.
  • Build your capacity by developing a deeper understanding of creative processes and identify areas and opportunities to grow your professional art practice through arts-based learning.
  • Learn how to foster culturally safe learning environments that transform the intersections of education and decolonization through the perspectives of art.
  • Learn various facilitation skills to confidently incorporate into your interactions with young people and educators as a Teaching Artist.
  • Learn about resources for artists, such as the Artists in the Classroom grant available through ArtStarts, and have the confidence and skills to pursue these and other opportunities.
  • Explore the language of education and build knowledge around contemporary Indigenous issues in schools in a useful and practical way that you can apply to your professional work.
  • Discover opportunities for artists to connect with educators in a professional capacity.
  • Strengthen your network of Indigenous artists in BC through peer learning and support.

About the Presenters

The Arts Integration Learning Lab is presented by ArtStarts in Schools, a charitable organization that seeks to expand the role of arts in education for the benefit of BC’s young people. ArtStarts regularly offers Infusion professional development opportunities for artists and teachers interested in bringing the arts into schools across BC.

For this learning series, ArtStarts has partnered with IndigenEYEZ, a creative facilitation organization with a focus on strengthening four essential relationships—with self, with others, with nature and with culture—through an Indigenous lens.

This event will be facilitated by Kelly Terbasket from IndigenEYEZ and Elfred Matining from ArtStarts.

Event FAQ

When: October 23–27, 2017, 9am-3pm
Where: ArtStarts in Schools, 808 Richards St, Vancouver, BC (map)
Application Deadline: September 5, 2017 at Noon
Questions? Contact Elfred Matining, Program Manager, at 604-336-0626 ext 106 or

What is the Event Like?

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 Download the PDF for more information on facilitators and full workshop descriptions:

  • Creativity 101
  • Pedagogy: Art Practice as Teaching Practice
  • Understanding the Curriculum
  • Transforming School Culture
  • Meta-Learning

Are You an Arts Champion?

We are currently seeking additional financial and in-kind support from individuals and companies. Programs like the Arts Integration Learning Lab are vital in ensuring that BC's young people receive a rich learning experience in their classrooms. We strive to always make our programs accessible to everyone. By supporting us, you will provide more access to artists, educators and students looking to activate classrooms through arts-based learning. If you are interested in helping us champion art and education in BC schools, please contact Elfred Matining at for more details on how you can contribute.


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.