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Learning Lab: All Disciplines

Are you a professional artist interested in working with young people and educators in schools, but not sure where to start?

Already have experience working in schools, but want to enhance your skills and meet other artists in the field?

The Arts Integration Learning Lab is an immersive, five-day development experience for artists, designed to build your capacity to work alongside educators. Local artists and mentors will prepare you with the skills to plan, fund, and lead arts-integrated experiences in schools and classrooms across the province!


Meet the Artists

Workshop Information

When: May 27 - 31st, 2019

Where: ArtStarts, 808 Richards Street, Vancouver, on the unceded, traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples.

Cost: The cost for artists in the Lower Mainland selected to participate is fully subsidized, covering tuition and program materials. This opportunity is made possible through funding support from the BC Arts Council and the Government of British Columbia.

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 your own professional practice as teaching artists
  • Develop abilities to plan, pitch, and lead quality learning experiences as part of your career in the arts
  • Learn about resources and opportunities available to you as a teaching artist
  • Create links between your artistic practice, the BC Ministry of Education’s revised curriculum, and the First Peoples Principles of Learning
  • Prepare to facilitate safer learning environments in today’s BC schools
  • Connect with local artists and engage in peer learning
  • Most importantly, we're looking forward to learning about YOUR goals as an artist interested in arts integration and education, and we’re here to support you as you take steps to reach those goals!
  • Your facilitators will include:

    Leah Horlick
    Leah is a professional writer and community organizer who grew up as a settler on Treaty Six Cree territory in Saskatchewan. She co-curated REVERB, Vancouver's only anti-oppressive reading series for LGBTQ artists, from 2012-2017. She is thrilled to be part of the ArtStarts team and is responsible for planning creative professional development for teachers & artists, as well as curating exhibitions in the ArtStarts Gallery.

    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. As the Director of Programs, she leads the planning, collaboration, and evaluation of ArtStarts programs as well as overseeing the granting programs.

    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 reflection, 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.


    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.