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Arts Integration Learning Lab: Performing Artists Edition

Are you a professional performing artist interested in working with schools?

The Arts Integration Learning Lab: Performing Artists Edition is a professional development experience designed for performing artists who are interested in inspiring curiosity and learning in young people across the province through art.

The Learning Lab provides performing artists with the resources and network to explore new creative possibilities through cross-pollination and collaboration in addition to an opportunity to learn how to integrate the BC Curriculum into their creative practise.

Over the course of five days, artists participate in a series of five practical, experiential workshops with learning outcomes that range from learning how to articulate how art enriches the learning process to how to navigate within school culture.

A Subsidized Learning Series

The Arts Integration Learning Lab is free for artists selected to participate and will cover tuition, program materials and lunch. Travel and accommodation costs occurred by travelling to Vancouver to attend will not be covered. This opportunity is made possible through funding support from BC Arts Council and the Government of British Columbia’s Creative Futures program.

Professional performing artists living in British Columbia are invited to apply solo or as a group, (Max of three per group will be accepted).

Application deadline: Extended until noon December 12, 2017
What: Arts Integration Learning Lab: Performing Artists Edition
Who: Musicians, Dancers, Poets, Storytellers, Actors and Interdisciplinary artists
When: January 24 – 28, 2018
Where: ArtStarts Gallery and Lab 808 Richards Street, Vancouver, BC

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Creativity 101
9am to 3pm on Wednesday, January 24, 2018

How do we talk about creativity within an institutional, educational context? Through left- and right-brain workshop activities, participate in a series of collaborative, hands-on experiences that will unpack contemporary perceptions of art and education, philosophies and domains of the creative process, and an introduction to arts integration as an approach to teaching.

Pedagogy: Art Practice as Teaching Practice
9am to 3pm on Thursday, January 25, 2018

Learning is the acquisition of knowledge; investigating the multiple ways that transfer can occur is the subject of pedagogy. An art practice is potent with the capability to create dialogue — and through this dialogue, learning happens. Working with professional teaching artists, explore how the creative process, through an arts integration approach, can be utilized to engage and activate the imaginations of young people.

Navigating Resources
9am to 3pm on Friday, January 26, 2018

Having a sound knowledge of resources is key to creating inclusive, informative and engaging arts-based learning experiences for young people. Discover where to access relevant resources and learn how to utilize them effectively. Through a series of collaborative workshop activities, learn how to navigate the BC Ministry of Education Curriculum with confidence, present your professional art practice to educators and design learning focused workshops and performances.

School Culture Panel Discussion
9am to 3pm on Saturday, January 27, 2018

Every school has a unique combination of cultural values, norms and guiding principles that form their collective “school culture”. Through an interactive panel discussion and hands-on presentation with experienced educators and professional teaching artists, gain perspectives about the contemporary nuances of schools in British Columbia. Gain a better understanding of what the day to day of a travelling performing artist in school is like.

9am to 3pm on Sunday, January 28, 2018

Learning requires constant reflection to deepen our understanding and perspectives. Taking all of our learning in the last 5 months as our starting point, we dive into “meta-moments” to unpack the process and methods of learning that we all collaboratively created and participated in throughout the Learning Lab. Allow methods and styles of facilitation to become explicit as we unpack our learnings together.



Rupinder Sidhu is an interdisciplinary artist and facilitator currently residing on unceded Coast Salish Territories, Vancouver BC. Rup’s work meets at the intersection of social justice and the arts. For 14 years, he has been growing his understanding of anti-oppression and empowerment work. He has created and led programs and trainings with youth and adults. Rup brings a focused presence, strong leadership skills and a contagious enthusiasm, which he effectively engages, inspires and guides participants. He has led programs with a variety of organizations like Access to Media Education Society, the Power of Hope, Reel Youth and the Sarah McLachlan School of Music. He co-founded Metaphor, a program dedicated to bringing hip hop workshops and performances into schools, detention centers and rural communities.

Elfred Matining
Elfred works with the community to find new ways of thinking, learning, and experiencing our world through art. As an artist, his art practice investigates the phenomenon of pedagogy through objects and performance. As a community organizer, he engages artists and educators across the province in dialogue and professional learning about arts integration and creative and critical thinking through the framework of curriculum. 


Deadline to Apply

Extended until noon December 12, 2017

Learning Lab Workshops

January 24-28, 2018

Get in Touch

Elfred Matining
Program Manager
604.336.0626 ext 106