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Learning Lab: Kelowna Edition

Are you a professional artist interested in working with young people and educators in schools? Or do you already have experience but 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 Kelowna, BC. Professional artists living throughout BC’s Okanagan region are invited to apply.

  • I feel a beautifully intricate attention to details goes into creating the space held during ArtStarts’ Learning Lab. I found the teachings engaging and accessible, and full of raw humanity. Real connections are possible here. Suna Galay, Interdisciplinary Artist

Workshop Information

When: May 7-11, 2018
Where: Ellis Art Studios, 1021 Ellis St. Kelowna
What to bring: we’ll take care of everything (including lunch!), just make sure to wear comfortable clothing as we will be active throughout.

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A 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 Grant

The Learning Lab will take place within the traditional territories of the Syilx/Okanagan Peoples in the city of Kelowna, BC.

Professional artists living outside of the Regional District of Central Okanagan, but within the Interior region as seen on the map, are eligible to apply for Travel and Accommodation grants. There are a limited number of grants available to successful applicants. The Travel and Accommodation Grants will be distributed by lottery and according to available funds.

The Travel Grant

is available to successful Learning Lab applicants. The Travel Grant is meant to provide financial support to artists that have travel costs as their main barrier from attending the 5 day Learning Lab program in Kelowna, BC.

The Accommodation Grant is available to successful Learning Lab applicants. The Accommodation Grant is meant to provide financial support to artists that have lodging costs as their main barrier from attending the 5 day Learning Lab program in Kelowna, BC.

Goals of this Learning Series

Through the Arts Integration Learning Lab you will:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of arts integration and identify opportunities to grow their own professional practice
  • Develop abilities to plan and lead quality arts integrated learning experiences through their art form
  • Learn about resources and opportunities for artists available through ArtStarts
  • Explore the culture of schools and connect with the BC Ministry of Education’s new curriculum
  • Discover opportunities for artists to connect with educators in a professional capacity
  • Connect with local artists and engage in peer learning
  • Meet The Artists

    Introducing the 2018 Learning Lab: Kelowna Artists cohort.

    Read Artist Bios 

    Meet the Facilitators

    Ewa Sniatycka BFA, MEd
    Ewa is an artist, university instructor and professional arts educator. Since 1993 she has been engaging students and curriculum through experiences with art, artifact and/or environment. Drawing and writing, as tools for inquiry and refection, form the foundation of her practice. Ewa’s method is collaborative, responsive, and reflective, tailored to foster a shift towards art-based inquiry and learning. Her process begins with drawing and writing and springboards into various art forms through the creative process. Ewa has worked as an Infusion Teaching Artist for ArtStarts since 2012, both as an artist in residence for various schools and as mentor for teaching artists across BC through the Infusion program.

    Emily Beam
    Emily supports community organizations, schools and artists to access resources and build capacity. She is a detail-oriented achiever masquerading in a world of creativity and imagination. She has worked as a grantor, lender and facilitator for various non-profits, foundations and social enterprises. Emily holds a certificate in Dialogue and Civic Engagement from Simon Fraser University

    Leah Horlick
    Leah is a professional writer and community organizer who grew up as a settler on Treaty Six Cree territory in Saskatchewan. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC and co-curated REVERB, Vancouver's only anti-oppressive reading series for LGBTQ artists, from 2012-2017. She is thrilled to be stepping into the Program Manager role at ArtStarts to support local artists & educators as they build capacity for change in their own practices and communities.

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    Questions? Email [email protected] or 604-336-0626 ext 106