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Provincial schools awarded funding for ArtsSmarts projects for the 2017-18
school year

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 28, 2017 (St. John's, NL) – This morning ArtsNL, along with ArtsSmarts partners, announced that $142,500 in grants to 30 ArtsSmarts projects taking place in schools across Newfoundland and Labrador for the 2017-2018 school year. The announcement was made in the gymnasium at St. Mary’s Elementary and it included students performing a song they learned in a past ArtsSmarts project with accompaniment from three members of Eastern Owl (Stacey Howse, Rebecca Sharr, Danielle Benoit) along with Heidi Dixon from the St. John’s Native Friendship Centre.

Following the ArtsSmarts program announcement, the Statoil ArtsSmarts Scholarship recipient was also revealed before students performed a Snake Dance with the Eastern Owl members, who then closed the event with a final song performance of their own.

Schools apply to ArtsSmarts for funding to bring professional artists into the classroom to help teachers and students integrate arts activities into non-arts subject areas. The funded projects this year will see 2,633 students and 170 teachers working with different artists, creating 61 professional artist positions.

Some of the projects funded this year include Storytelling in the Valley, taking place at St. Mary’s Elementary School, where all 180 students in kindergarten to grade 6 and their 15 teachers will work with storytellers from the St. John's Storytelling Festival to explore the art of storytelling. They will also work with visual artists Catherine Wright, Gina Rae King, and Susan Parsons to create visual art pieces that express their stories in images. The project will support language arts, science, and social studies curricula and depending on the grade level, the visual art pieces will be drawings, paintings, collages, painted silk or quilted squares.

Film mentor Latonia Hartery and editing mentor Victoria Wells will work with 18 grade 10 students and their teacher for the project, FRAMED: Se't Anneway Kagnamogwom to create a short documentary film exploring life for youth living on the only recognized First Nations Reserve in Newfoundland in Conne River.

A visual arts project enhancing language arts and social studies called Indigenous Art Integration will take place at Eric G. Lambert School with artist Jordan Bennett, who will work with 90 grade 4 to 12 students and their 15 teachers to explore concepts of contemporary culture, political issues, traditional indigenous art, and popular culture to create unique artwork that explores personal identity through traditional art forms. 

“Teachers in the Newfoundland and Labrador school system who want to create greater crossover between the arts and other subject areas for their students continue to use the ArtsSmarts grant program as a major resource,” says Reginald Winsor, executive director of ArtsNL. “The public arts funding grants awarded through ArtsSmarts not only assist with curriculum cross-pollination, they also bring professional artists into classrooms across the province for creative exploration leading to learning outcomes that also inspire appreciation for the arts.”

ArtsSmarts in Newfoundland and Labrador is a partnership between ArtsNL, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’s Cultural Connections Strategy, Statoil, and the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers Association. Cultural Connections seeks to increase the presence of cultural content in the school curriculum and foster links between the arts and school communities.

Since inception, the ArtsSmarts program itself has awarded over $2.24 million to 539 projects involving all artistic disciplines province-wide. The program has employed 1,285 artists who have worked with an estimated 85,000 students and 4,200 teachers. Further information on the ArtsSmarts program can be found at www.artsnl.ca

For a complete list of schools and projects, please click here

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ArtsNL is a non-profit Crown agency created in 1980 by The Arts Council Act. Its mission is to foster and promote the creation and enjoyment of the arts for the benefit of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. The Council is governed by a volunteer board of 13 appointed by government, reflecting regional representation of the province. This includes 10 professional artists who provide sectoral representation of the arts community; one community representative (with an interest in the arts); one business representative (with an interest in the arts); and one representative of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation (non-voting). ArtsNL receives an annual grant of $2.1 million from the Province to support a variety of granting programs, program delivery, office administration, and communications. It also seeks support from the public and private sector. It supports the following artistic disciplines: dance, film, multidiscipline, music, theatre, visual art, and writing.

2016 Statoil ArtsSmarts Scholarship presentation photo

Above (L-R):
Leah Antle (Music Teacher, St. Mary's Elementary), Mark Browne (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation), Reginald Winsor (Executive Director, ArtsNL), Grade Three students at St. Mary's Elementry, Sharon Collett (Principal, St. Mary's Elementary), Gabe Ryan (NLTA), Paul Fulton (President, Statoil), and Gwenyth Puddester (2017 Statoil ArtsSmarts Scholarship winner)

ArtsSmarts Projects 2017-2018

30 projects
Total Awarded: $142,500

St. John’s – Metro

Beachy Cove Elementary
Portugal Cove - St. Philip's
$5,500
October 31, 2017 to April 28, 2018
What a Wonder Full World!
Using a variety of media, 566 students in kindergarten to grade 4, and their 27 teachers, will work with artists to explore their sense of wonder about the world, and their place in it. Kindergarten students will connect with their science studies by collecting, arranging, and photographing natural objects with artist Marlene Creates. The photographs will be compiled into a book and students will verbally present on their images. In grade 1, students will explore penguin habitats in science through a painted silk banner with artist Catherine Wright. Grade 2 students will work with Linda Doody to create watercolours of poinsettias as part of their exploration of celebrations throughout the world in social studies. Grade 3 students will explore mental health through silk painting with Catherine Wright. In grade 4, students will learn and create their own pourquoi tales (fables that use fictional stories to explain the natural world) in language arts. Catherine Wright will work with students to transfer illustrations from their pourquoi tales onto silk banners. All student created works will be featured in and ArtsSmarts exhibition at the end of the school year.

Bishop Feild Elementary
St. John's
$5,350
November 1 to December 20, 2017
Let's Make a Show!
As part of their French and English language arts and social studies classes, 50 grade 4 students and their three teachers will work together with dance-storytelling artist Louise Moyes, musician Diana Daly, and puppeteer-musician Mary Barry to explore the stories of their family and community, and to use them to create their own performance through music, storytelling, puppetry, and dance.   

Holy Trinity Elementary School
Torbay
$5,330
September 15, 2017 to May 31, 2018
Connecting with our Environment
Kindergarten and grade 4 classes totalling 230 students and 11 teachers will work with artists to explore the theme Connecting With Our Environment. Artists Isabella St. John and Erin Callahan will lead them in the creation of ceramic tiles inspired by the local Torbay environment. Kindergarten students will explore making healthy food choices, as well as how food is made, as part of their science and health studies. This will culminate with each student creating a tile with relief sculptures of locally grown foods. Grade 4 students will explore local landscapes and ecosystems through their science studies. Students will draw and paint images of the local landscape, before finally transferring these images to a clay tile to be painted and fired.

Elizabeth Park Elementary
Paradise
$5,500
October 9, 2017 to March 16, 2018
We are Unique! A Celebration of Culture!
Eleven teachers and their 237 students in grades 4 to 6 will work with visual artists Wendy Shirran, Veselina Tomova, and Jillian Moores to explore and celebrate aspects of Newfoundland and Labrador culture as part of their social studies classes. Grade 4 students will explore flags from Newfoundland and Labrador’s present and past, before designing and creating their own flags representing their individual identities. Grade 5 students will explore the work of well known Newfoundland and Labrador artists, and will then paint motifs in the style of those artists, as well as in their own style. Grade 6 students will create a narrative relief ceramic tile mural based on Newfoundland and Labrador folk stories.

Gonzaga High School
St. John's
$1,810
October 1 to December 21, 2017
Mentoring & Music... Where melodies come to life
Students of the Applied Music high school course and their teacher will work with songwriter Ray Lake to create their own songs before recording, producing, and mixing them in a studio setting to create a CD of original works by the 25 students. The CD will be launched at an event for the school community.

Goulds Elementary
Goulds
$5,450
October 1, 2017 to June 1, 2018
Explorers
Through this project, 100 grade 4 students and their four teachers will learn what makes people want to explore, and how that helps us learn about our world. As part of their social studies, students will research various Newfoundland and Labrador and Canadian explorers of place, people, and ideas.  Under the guidance of theatre artist Chris Driedzic, students will create monologues speaking from the point of view of an explorer they have researched. The monologues will be performed for the class with costumes and lighting, while fellow students film them to create a video collage. With visual artist Michael Connolly, students will explore the linocut printmaking process, and will create images and symbols that express the spirit of an explorer they have studied.

Holy Heart of Mary High School
St. John's
$5,500
October 30, 2017 to June 20, 2018
The Abuse of Greatness/ Framed Holy Heart
A close study of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar will be combined with character exploration and performance with director Danielle Irvine for 30 language arts students who will explore the use and effects of language in the rise and fall of those in power.  In Theatre 3220, 22 students will work with mentors Jenina MacGillivray and Victoria Wells of the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival to write, shoot, and edit a short documentary exploring the school’s unique position as an incubator for emerging artistic talent.

Lakecrest Independent School
St. John's
$5,500
September 18 to October 20, 2017
Lakecrest's Botanical Dream: A Midsummer Night's Dream Shakespeare Bath in Nature!
Actor Paul Wilson and director Danielle Irvine will lead 30 students in grades 8 and 9, and their two teachers, in an exploration of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Beginning with developing a deep understanding of the original text, students will then explore the world of dreams by getting into nature itself and developing scenes from the play, with a performance to the school community.

Macdonald Drive Elementary School
St. John's
$2,770
November 1, 2017 to June 1, 2018
The Peace Project
Multidisciplinary artist Catherine Wright will work with 64 kindergarten students and their four teachers to explore concepts of peace from a personal and world perspective. Over six sessions with each class, students will create images of peace in paint and drawing that express what it means to them, and what they think it means in the world. Concepts will include peace in family, natural celebrations and symbols of peace from around the world, and promoting acceptance. Students will then create a collaborative Peace Fence, using their artwork, in the Kindergarten play area of the school’s outdoor playground. The project will link to curricular outcomes in health, social studies, and religion.

Prince of Wales Collegiate
St. John's
$5,500
March 26 to June 8, 2018
War & Remembrance - Then & Now - An RSVP Project
Actor Paul Wilson will work with 20 grade 11 and 12 students and two teachers to create an original piece of collective theatre using the collaborative creative process known as RSVP. Students will use research and improvisational techniques to create and perform their own play that explores issues of war and remembrance.

Rennie's River Elementary
St. John's
$5,373
October 1, 2017 to May 31, 2018
Bringing Art to Life in the Classroom
Six teachers and their 134 grades 3, 5 and 6 students will work with artists Jill Moores, Ray Lake, and Winnie Glavine to use various art forms that connect with topics in the school curriculum. Grade 3 students will explore plant life near the Rennie’s River ecosystem through photography and watercolours as part of their social studies and science classes. Grade 5 students will incorporate songwriting into their language arts, social studies, and religious studies. Grade 6 students will create traditional hooked rugs as part of their social studies classes.

St. Bonaventure's College
St. John's
$2,993
October 15, 2017 to March 31, 2018
Stranger Music - Music and Exploring Identity
As part of their language arts studies,  25 grade 11 students and their teacher will work with songwriter Mark Bragg to explore how different music genres present the complex idea of strangeness, whether in terms of being a stranger, or experiences that challenge or open up our perspective of the world.  

St. Francis of Assisi School
Outer Cove
$4,044
January 3 to March 31, 2018
Tales of the Sea: Breathing Life into Newfoundland and Labrador Children's Literature
As part of their language arts studies, theatre artist Rory Lambert will work with 41 students in grade 6 and their two teachers to explore classic Newfoundland and Labrador children’s stories that will be used as inspiration to create a play. Students will explore writing for the stage, performance techniques, and creative staging to guide them towards a completed performance piece that will be presented to the school community.

St. Mary's Elementary School
St. John's
$5,500
October 1, 2017 to May 31, 2018
Storytelling in the Valley
As part of their language arts, science, and social studies classes all 180 students in kindergarten to grade 6 and their 15 teachers will work with storytellers from the St. John's Storytelling Festival to explore the art of storytelling. They will also work with visual artists Catherine Wright, Gina Rae King, and Susan Parsons to create visual art pieces that express their stories in images. Kindergarten students will explore self expression in drawing, painting, and collage. Grade 1 students will create a group work of textures in nature. Grade 2 students will create individual and group works in painted silk. Grade 3 students will create patterns and images in quilted squares that relate to their stories. Grade 4 students will create illustrations of key objects in their stories.  Grade 5 students will create textile pieces based on Arthurian legends, and in grade 6 students will create illustrations based on learned recitations.

Avalon

Amalgamated Academy
Bay Roberts
$5,500
December 4, 2017 to February 2, 2018
West Side Shakespeare: A Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare Bath; with a musical twist!
Two teachers and their 25 grade 9 students will participate in a complete immersion into Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet with actor Paul Wilson and director Danielle Irvine. After an in-depth analysis of Shakespeare's original text to ensure students understand the language and story of the scenes, students will rewrite scenes in their own contemporary language, write chorus parts to connect scenes, and learn songs from the Romeo and Juliet-based musical, West Side Story. All elements will be brought together in a production of the students’ finished script including a musical performance.

Carbonear Academy
Carbonear
$4,480
October 1, 2017 to April 30, 2018
Celebrating and Sharing Newfoundland and Labrador Culture
Visual artists Michelle Rowe and Tammy Wrice will work with 55 grade 3 students and their two teachers to integrate a variety of arts and cultural activities into the social studies curriculum. Specific projects include papier-mâché representations of dried salt cod, drawings of traditional knitting patterns, paintings created from objects in nature, making prints that depict traditional life in Newfoundland and Labrador, and using found objects to create a traditional ugly stick.

Dunne Memorial Academy
St. Mary's
$4,115
October 1 to December 21, 2017
Celebrating Our Culture
Under the guidance of musicians and traditional arts ambassadors Jim Payne and Fergus O'Byrne 70 students in kindergarten to grade 10 and their five teachers will explore activities that integrate the social studies, music, and language arts studies with storytelling, songwriting, and traditional dancing.   

Holy Family Elementary
Chapel Arm
$4,052
September 15, 2017 to June 1, 2018
A Celebration of Newfoundland and Labrador - A Cultural Experience
Under the guidance of musicians and traditional arts ambassadors Jim Payne and Fergus O'Byrne 92 students in kindergarten to grade 6 and their eight teachers will explore activities that integrate the social studies, music, and language arts studies with storytelling, songwriting, and traditional dancing. 

St. Edward's School
Kelligrews
$4,110
October 1, 2017 to May 31, 2018
Four Seasons
Multidisciplinary artists Catherine Wright and musician Len Sperry will work with 65 kindergarten students and their four teachers in an expressive exploration of the four seasons. Students will explore each season with a variety of art forms including creative movement, traditional dance, printmaking, collage, and silk painting. The final sessions of the project will have students creating a collaborative silk painted banner showing what they learned about the seasons that will hang in the school permanently.

St. Francis School
Harbour Grace
$5,500
March 20 to May 25, 2018
Shakespeare for Today: A Shakespeare Bath for Early Teens
Actor Paul Wilson and director Danielle Irvine will lead students in a full immersion into Shakespeare's language through various scenes and monologues selected for their relevancy to today's young teens. The project will involve 20 grade 8 students who will rewrite Shakespeare into modern language, learning performance techniques, and stage combat.  The project will culminate in a performance of the classic and modern texts to the school community.

Stella Maris Academy
Trepassey
$5,500
October 2 to 9, 2017
Let’s Make A Show!
As part of their social studies and language arts courses, 20 students in kindergarten to grade 9 and their five teachers will work with artists Louise Moyes and Diana Daly to explore their local stories and culture. Students will collect stories about their community from family, and from their own recollections. These will be developed into performance pieces with songs, dance and spoken word, and be presented to the community in a performance.

Tricon Elementary
Bay de Verde
$4,842
September 18 to 22, 2017
A  Cultural Experience with Fergus O'Byrne and Jim Payne
Under the guidance of musicians and traditional arts ambassadors Jim Payne and Fergus O'Byrne 100 students in kindergarten to grade 6 and their 10 teachers will explore activities that integrate the student's social studies, music, and language arts studies with storytelling, songwriting and traditional dancing. 

Eastern

Random Island Academy
Hickman's Harbour
$5,485
October 15 to November 30, 2017
Plays, Playwrights & Performance; Scenes from the Newfoundland Labrador Canon
As part of their English language arts and drama courses, 55 junior and senior high school students and their teacher will work with theatre artist Rory Lambert in a unique exploration of the Newfoundland and Labrador theatre canon. Students will read and discuss specific scenes from the selected plays, and with Rory’s guidance, develop performances of the selected scenes with limited staging and lighting to accentuate the language of the scene. The project will culminate in a performance for the school and local community.

Central

Sandstone Elementary
Ladle Cove
$5,027
October 2 to November 24, 2017
Wind of Over Tickle - Examining the Cod Moratorium Through Drama, Songs, and Images
Under the guidance of artists Eric West, Greg Blumer, and Michelle Dove, 21 primary and elementary students and their two teachers will adapt the storybook/CD Wind Over Dark Tickle into a musical play which they will perform for their community. Through the process students will also examine the impact of the cod moratorium on their community and document the changes it has made with a photographic slide presentation. This project will link to the social studies and science curricula.

Se't Anneway Kegnomogwom All Grade
Conne River
$5,500
November 13 to 17, 2017
FRAMED: Se't Anneway Kagnamogwom
Over the course of five days, 18 students in grade 10 and their teacher will work with film mentor Latonia Hartery, editing mentor Victoria Wells, and a producer from the St. John's International Women's Film Festival to create a short documentary film exploring life for youth living on the only recognized First Nations Reserve in Newfoundland. 

Valmont Academy
King's Point
$5,498
October 1 to November 11, 2017
Storytelling: The Page and the Stage
Theatre artists Rory Lambert will lead 80 students in kindergarten to grade 12 and their six teachers through theatre infused exploration of Newfoundland and Labrador’s written culture. Kindergarten to grade 6 students will explore classic Newfoundland children’s books that the students will interpret for the stage before performing them for the school and the community.  Grades 7 to 12 students will explore the playwriting process with Rory as part of their English language arts and Newfoundland and Labrador studies classes. Students will create original short scripts that express their own ideas about their province and their community.

Western

Sacred Heart Elementary
Corner Brook
$1,808
November 1 to December 21, 2017
How Do We Really See?
Teachers and their 36 grade 6 students will work with visual artist Jane Reagh to explore the impressionist art movement as part of their French language arts and social studies courses. Students will research and explore the ideas of impressionist painters, and how they actually painted. They will then create a still life painting in the impressionist style. Students will also create post-impressionist self-portraits to show the development of art through history.

Labrador

Eric G. Lambert School
Churchill Falls
$3,963
February 14 to 16, 2018
Indigenous Art Integration
As part of their language arts and social studies classes, indigenous artist Jordan Bennett will work with 90 students in grades 4 to 12 students and their 15 teachers to explore concepts of contemporary culture, political issues, traditional indigenous art, and popular culture to create unique artwork that explores personal identity through traditional art forms. 

J. C. Erhardt Memorial
Makkovik
$5,500
January 8 to April 30, 2018
Makkovik Circus Club
As part of their physical education classes, and to support school goals of encouraging physical activity and supporting self-confidence in students, 74 students in kindergarten to grade 12 will work with circus/theatre artists Beni Malone and Ruth Lawrence to explore circus skills and clown theatre techniques through a weeklong series of exercises and workshops. The project will engage students in a unique personally expressive activity with an ultimate goal to develop a circus skills club in the school.

Northern Lights Academy
Rigolet
$5,500
September 15, 2017 to March 31, 2018
Northern Light Circus Project
All 62 students in this kindergarten to grade 12 school and their seven teachers will explore the traditional Inuit stories of the northern lights with elders in the community. Then they will work with circus theatre artists Beni Malone and Ruth Lawrence to create circus and clown theatre style scenes based on the traditional stories. The project will culminate in a performance of the scenes the students have created for the local community.