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August 22, 2014

Calling all Artists in the Interior — Infusion Studio: Arts Integration Learning Lab in Kamloops

Infusion Arts in Education

We are excited to announce a new professional development opportunity for artists in the Interior region of BC. We are now accepting applications to participate in the Arts Integration Learning Lab, taking place in Kamloops, BC from November 3 to 7, 2014.

Are you a professional artist interested in working with young people and educators in schools? Or do you have experience and want to enhance your skills?

ArtStarts in Schools presents the Arts Integration Learning Lab, a subsidized five-day learning experience for professional artists designed to position them to work with schools in their region. Professional artists from all disciplines—visual arts, theatre, music, dance, storytelling, interdisciplinary and more—are invited to apply.

Up to 15 professional artists from across the Interior will be selected through an application process to participate in the Arts Integration Learning Lab in Kamloops from November 3 – 7, 2014. Led by a series of facilitators and specials guests, participants will unpack the definition of arts integration and explore practical ways to effectively work with young people and educators to lead arts infused classroom experiences.

Artists selected to participate in the Arts Integration Learning Lab will:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of arts integration and identify opportunities to grow their own professional practice;
  • Build facilitation skills to effectively work with young people and educators;
  • Develop abilities to plan and lead quality arts infused interactions;
  • Learn about resources and opportunities for artists available through ArtStarts;
  • Explore the culture of schools and connect with curriculum;
  • Establish opportunities for artists to connect with educators in a professional capacity; and
  • Connect with other artists in BC’s Interior and engage in peer learning and reflection.

Artists selected to participate will be fully subsidized to:

  • Attend five days of workshops and interactions;
  • Receive program materials; and
  • Enjoy breakfast and lunch each day.

In addition, participants living outside Kamloops are eligible for subsidized travel and/or accommodation expenses.

The Arts Integration Learning Lab is an initiative of Infusion Studio, presented by ArtStarts in Schools, a not-for-profit organization that provides innovative arts programs for young people, practical resources for teachers and artists, and leadership in advocacy for arts in education.

Watch this video for a glimpse into last year's Arts Integration Learning Lab in Nelson, BC:


This opportunity was made possible through funding support from BC Arts Council and the Government of British Columbia's Creative Futures program.


The deadline to apply is September 17, 2014.
Applicants must be residents of the Interior.
(A map of the region can be viewed online at:

To apply, download the application form (Word doc) from

Questions? Contact Terri Anne Wilson, Arts Integration Manager by email at [email protected] or by phone at 604-336-0626 ext 106.

Definitions to Note:

Arts Integration is an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form and engage in a creative process which connects an art form and another subject area and meets evolving objectives in both.

A professional artist is defined as someone who has specialized training in the arts (not necessarily in academic institutions); is recognized as a professional by his or her peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition); is committed to devoting more time to his or her artistic activity, if financially possible; and has a history of public presentation.

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