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Arts Integration Learning Lab: Indigenous Artists Edition

Indigenous Artists are Vital in Schools

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 unpacking pedagogy, to understanding curriculum, to gaining awareness about school culture and more.

  • "Education is what got us into this mess — the use of education at least in terms of residential schools — but education is the key to reconciliation" Justice Murray Sinclair, Truth & Reconciliation Commission
Meet the Facilitators

Meet the Facilitators

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.

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.

Workshop Information

When: October 23–27, 2017, 9am-3pm

Creativity 101: October 23, 2017 9am - 3pm
Pedagogy: October 24, 2017 9am - 3pm
Navigating Resources: October 25, 2017 9am - 3pm
School Culture: October 26, 2017 9am - 3pm
Meta-Learning: October 27, 2017 9am - 3pm

Where: ArtStarts, 808 Richards St, Vancouver BC
Questions: Contact Elfred Matining [email protected] or 604.336.0626 ext 106

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Meet The Artists

Introducing the 2017 Arts Integration Learning Lab: Indigenous Artists cohort.

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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.

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.


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.