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Learning Lab: Performing Artists Edition

The Learning Lab has been designed for you. During this week long workshop series, you will learn and gain a better understanding of the school system, the value of art in education, and your role as a Teaching Artist. Each workshop is meant to be experiential, conceptually informative and collaborative. We approach learning as active and participatory, so get ready to connect with other professional artists with a diverse range of experiences, perspectives, and creative practices. Together we will explore the power and potential of the arts through a collaborative approach.

  • This Learning Lab has shown me how to keep ideas free flowing while creating a stronger structure. I'm also inspired by my fellow performers who bring a strong, fearless, progressive agenda to their work. Peter Graham-Gadreau

Workshop Information

When: January 24-28, 2018, 9am - 3pm
Where: ArtStarts, 808 Richards St. Vancouver
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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Meet The Artists

Introducing the 2018 Arts Integration Learning Lab: Performing Artists cohort.

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Meet the Facilitators

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. 


Goals of this Learning Series

Through the Arts Integration Learning Lab you will:

  • 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.
  •  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 grants and professional development programs 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 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 Teaching artists in BC through peer learning and support.
  • 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.