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Provincial schools awarded funding for ArtsSmarts projects for the 2016-17
school year

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 14, 2016 (St. John's, NL) – ArtsNL recently awarded $150,000 in grants to 34 ArtsSmarts projects taking place in schools across Newfoundland and Labrador for the 2016-2017 school year.

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 3,155 students and 155 teachers working with different artists, creating 64 professional artist positions.

Some of the projects funded this year include West Side Shakespeare: A Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare Bath; with a musical twist, taking place at Amalgamated Academy, in which 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, 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.

Film artists Jenn Brown, Latonia Hartery, and Victoria Wells will work with 16 grade 8 students and their two teachers for the project, FRAMED Canon Richards Memorial Academy to create a short documentary  film about life for youth on the Northern Peninsula.

A visual arts project enhancing science and social studies called Painting and Building will take place at Roncalli Elementary School with artist Julie Lewis, who will work with 266 grade 1, 3, 4, and 5 students and their nine teachers for projects such as learning about plant life cycles through drawing in grade 1, creating watercolour representations of landscapes in grade 3, creating designs for coins of Canadian heroes in grade 4, and exploring the social composition of the Middle Ages through the creation of castle structures in grade 5.

“ArtsSmarts has provided public arts funding grants to a number of projects designed and implemented  by teachers in the Newfoundland and Labrador school system, and professional artists,” says Reg Winsor, executive director of ArtsNL. “Teachers work with professional artists in a team approach to offer students artistic and educational experiences that meet learning outcomes and encourage creative exploration in classrooms within
the province.”

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

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

Media enquiries:

Joshua Jamieson
Communications Officer, ArtsNL
Tel: (709) 726-2212 ext. 203
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jjamieson@nlac.ca

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 Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development (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.

ArtsSmarts Projects 2016-2017

34 projects
Total Awarded: $150,000

St. John’s – Metro

Beachy Cove Elementary
Portugal Cove - St. Phillip's
$5,500
October 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017
Forget-me-nots and Poppies; Vivid Colours, Vibrant Memories
Fifteen teachers and their 350 students in grades 2, 4 and 6, will work with artists Julie Whelan, Paul Rowe, and Xavier Georges on arts projects related to World War I. Grade 2 students will learn about the crucial role animals had in the war and create clay sculptures that celebrate the animals. Grade 4 students will learn about the experiences of individuals in the war through letters sent home and writings from the period. Students will use research to create their own letters in the voice of people who lived during the period and read them aloud to an audience. Grade 6 students will learn about environmental impacts the war in Europe left behind, and create short videos highlighting the affects of war on the natural environment.

Bishop Abraham Elementary
St. John's
$5,500
September 15, 2016 to May 15, 2017
Around the World with Legends, Lore and Folks Songs, and
African Drumming and Dance: Building Community

Theatre artist Chuck Herriott will work with a grade 4 class – composed of students from Canada, Syria, Iraq, Cuba and Nigeria – to explore the need for cultural sensitivity within a changing world. As part of their language arts studies, the students will gather stories from their various cultures, and with the help of interpreters, share them with other students by writing and performing a short play with songs. In grade 6, percussionist Andrew McCarthy and dancer Erin Holland will explore Ghanaian dance and drumming with students as part of their physical education and music classes.  In total, 80 students and three teachers will work with the artists to facilitate the creative learning projects.  

Elizabeth Park Elementary
Paradise
$5,500
February 06 to March 24, 2017
We Are Unique! A Celebration of Culture!
Visual artists Ginok Song, Wendy Shirran, and Veselina Tomova will work with 226 grade 1 to 3 students and 12 teachers to explore world cultures in social studies, language arts, and math. Grade 1 and 2 students will explore Japanese origami and geometric monoprint-making with Ginok Song.  Grade 3 students will create relief ceramic tiles of landscapes expressing images from Newfoundland and Labrador culture with Wendy Shirran and Veselina Tomova.

Goulds Elementary
Goulds
$5,500
October 10, 2016 to May 15, 2017
The Nature of Newfoundland
Eight teachers and their 190 students and will explore aspects of their science curriculum with visual artists Anita Singh and Glenda Bartlett. Grade 4 students will explore various habitats in Newfoundland and Labrador through drawing and bookmaking to create a unique personal book of what they learn about a specific habitat. Grade 5 students will use watercolour to explore images of diverse weather patterns in the province. 

Hazelwood Elementary
St. John's
$5,120
October 3, 2016 to May 30, 2017
Stand Up Sketch & Improv
Can science be funny? Four teachers and their 90 grades 3, 4 and 5 students will work with comics Sarah Walsh, Amanda Bulman, Mike Fardy, Chris Dunn, Veronica Dymond, and Paul Warford to explore topics in science such as magnets, minerals, and simple machines through jokes, sketch comedy, funny stories, and improvised scenes to create a comedy performance that teaches the scientific principles they learn.

Holy Family School
Paradise
$4,227
January 5 to March 30, 2017
The Global Rhythm
Dancer Erin Holland and percussionist Andrew McCarthy will work with 122 grade 3 and 4 students, and their six teachers to explore Ghanian culture by learning songs, dances, and percussive rhythms as part of their social studies classes. 

Holy Heart High School
St. John's
$5,500
October 11 to 31, 2016
Full of Scorpions is my Mind - The Madness of Macbeth; a Psychological Shakespeare Bath!
Actor Paul Wilson, director Danielle Irvine, and English 3201 and AP Psychology teachers will lead 50 grade 12 students in a total immersion experience of Shakespeare's Macbeth. Students will read the entire play, and then break it down for understanding with the artists. Finally, they will select three pivotal scenes which show changes in Macbeth and Lady Macbeth's, mental health through the arc of the play, and with support from Paul and Danielle, perform those scenes for other students.

Holy Trinity Elementary
Torbay
$5,500
October 1, 2016 to May 31, 2017
Exploring the Physical Features & Plant Life of our Environment
Isabella St. John and Erin Callahan St. John will work with 280 Kindergarten and grade 4 students and their 13 teachers to explore our connection to the environment through local food production, and the landscape we live in. In Kindergarten, artist Isabella St. John will work with students to learn how farming shapes the community of Torbay as part of their science curriculum. Students will create pottery plates and clay versions of healthy food, grown locally. Grade 4 students will integrate science curriculum into the exploration of nearby geology and create locally inspired landscapes painted on clay tiles with artist Erin Callahan-St. John.

Prince of Wales Collegiate
St. John's
$5,494
March 7 to June 2, 2017
Ethically Acting - 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 ethics, social justice, and philosophy as part of their religious education curriculum.

Mary Queen of the World Elementary
St. John's
$3,728
March 3, 2016 to April 30, 2017
Storytelling: Here We Are Loud and Clear / Tales of the Sea
Storyteller, Catherine Wright will work with 60 grade 4 students and their two teachers to explore the forms and nature of storytelling. Students will create and present stories that focus on language strategies and expressive verbal presentation. Three teachers and 56 grade 5 students will explore songwriting in social studies and use music as a means of connecting to our past, with songwriter Ray Lake. Students will write and record their own songs that express their knowledge of the province’s history, and present them in a performance to the school community. 

Rennie's River Elementary
St. John's
$2,420
October 1 to December 20, 2016
Hooking our Culture
Rug hooker Winnie Glavine will work with 44 grade 6 students and their two teachers to learn the art of rug hooking and produce a piece that represents the provincial culture, or another world culture, as part of their social studies curriculum.

Roncalli Elementary School
St. John's
$5,498
March 1, 2016 to May 31, 2017
Painting and Building
Visual artist Julie Lewis will work with 266 grade 1, 3, 4, and 5 students and their nine teachers to explore aspects of the science and social studies curricula. Specific projects include learning about plant life cycles through drawing in grade 1, creating watercolour representations of landscapes in grade 3, creating designs for coins of Canadian heroes in grade 4, and exploring the social composition of the Middle Ages through the creation of castle structures in grade 5.

St. Andrew's Elementary
St. John's
$4,100
September 15, 2016 to June 15, 2017
Your Song: A Songwriter's Workshop
Songwriter Tim Baker will work with 45 grade 4 students and their four teachers to explore and analyze poetry and songwriting in language arts. Students will write their own lyrics that focus on developing a positive self-concept, as a fundamental component of good mental and emotional health.

St. Francis School
Harbour Grace
$1,467
March 1 to May 26, 2017
Romeo and Juliet: A Shakespeare Bath on Film!
Actor Paul Wilson and director Danielle Irvine will work with 11 grade 8 students and their two teachers to lead students in a total immersion experience of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. After gaining an understanding of Shakespeare's language students will learn the original text then rewrite scenes in their own language, and finally film their scenes as if they're on a real film set.  

St. Kevin's Junior High
St. John's
$3,100
September 19, 2016 to January 15, 2017
Music is the Strongest Root
Songwriter Ray Lake will work with 86 grade 7 students and their four teachers through the process and fundamentals of songwriting. Students will write and record their own original songs, as well as design a cover artwork for their CD, and perform their songs to the school community. The project will directly link to aspects of the language arts and social studies curricula.

St. Mary's Elementary School
St. John's
$5,500
October 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017
Exploring Our Province's Aboriginal Cultures and Heritage
Painter and printmaker Jerry Evans, and a variety of artists from the Native Friendship Centre who represent aboriginal communities throughout our province, will work with 180 Kindergarten to grade 6 students and their seven teachers. They will explore aboriginal oral traditions, heritage, and cultural practices. Enhancing social studies and language arts curricula outcomes, each grade will participate in printmaking to explore aboriginal heritage, and participate in a traditional craft or drumming and a storytelling project.

St. Paul's School
St. John's
$4,900
November 13 to December 15, 2016
Boom Bust: The Roaring 20s and the Dirty 30s
Actor Ruth Lawrence and professional clown Beni Malone will work with 30 grade 9 students and their teacher to create an immersive experiential exploration of the 1920s and 30s through circus. The project will incorporate theatre, circus skills, language, and visual arts to draw the students into this important era covered in their social studies program.

Waterford Valley High School
St. John's
$4,444
February 1 to May 31, 2017
Not Myself Today
Musical theatre artist Courtney Fowler will work with 100 grades 10 to 12 students and their five teachers to develop and produce a play that explores issues of mental health for young people, to be performed during the school's mental health week.

Avalon

Acreman Elementary
Green's Harbour
$4,235
October 10 to 14, 2016
A Celebration of Newfoundland and Labrador
Renowned musician and tradition bearers Jim Payne and Fergus O'Byrne will work with 145 Kindergarten to grade 6 students and eight teachers to integrate storytelling, songwriting and traditional music and dance into the exploration of topics in the language arts, and social studies curricula.  

Amalgamated Academy
Bay Roberts
$5,500
November 8, 2016 to January 20, 2017
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 musical performance.

Carbonear Academy
Carbonear
$4,530
October 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017
Celebrating and Sharing Newfoundland and Labrador Culture
Visual artists Michelle Rowe and Tammy Wrice will work with 45 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.

Holy Family Elementary
Chapel Arm
$3,043
October 30, 2016 to April 25, 2017
Re-Writing the Isthmus
As part of their social studies and language arts classes 21 grade 5 students and their teacher will work with artists Amber-Lynn Thorne and Jane Walker through a series of workshops exploring alternative means of "writing" histories and archives. Students will build diverse portfolios using drawing, photography, interviews, and written thoughts on their own rural place and community. Each student will select from their work to create a two-page spread that will be complied into a class book.

St. Catherine's Academy
Mount Carmel
$3,466
October 3, 2016 to April 30, 2017
English Language Short Story Art
As part of their language arts studies, 21 grade 7 and 8 students will work with visual artist David Sorensen and their teacher to read and analyse a variety of short stories. Students will select one story that will create a full scale set with background artwork that the story would take place in.

St. Edward's School
Kelligrews
$3,914
October 1, 2016 to May 31, 2017
Animals in Nature
Six teachers and their 100 Kindergarten students will work with multidisciplinary artist Catherine Wright to explore the theme of animals in nature in their science studies.  Students will explore animal shapes, movement, and habitats through creative movement, rhymes, stories, and songs. Students will then use visual art techniques such as oil pastel drawing, mixed media collage, printmaking, and silk painting to learn about the characteristics of various animals including textures, blended colours, shapes, and movement.

Eastern

Catalina Elementary School
Catalina
$1,451
April 1 to 30, 2017
Nature in the Classroom
Visual artists Elizabeth Burry will work with 78 Kindergarten to grade 6 students and their seven teachers to explore topics in science and math through visual art.  Students will create sketches and paintings of living things in nature that illustrate natural life cycles and highlight concepts of line, shape, and drawing three dimensional objects.

Sandstone Elementary
Ladle Cove
$5,499
September 30 to December 10, 2016
Christmas in the Harbour - Exploring Newfoundland and Labrador Christmas Traditions
Under the guidance of four artists including singer/arranger Jean Hewson, musician Christina Smith, storyteller Gary Green, and musician Eric West, 24 grades Kindergarten to grade 6 students and two teachers will explore various Newfoundland and Labrador Christmas traditions, and develop a production which they will perform for the community. The project will link to key social studies curriculum outcomes.

Southwest Arm Academy
Little Heart's Ease
$5,500
October 1, 2016 to May 31, 2017
The Ghosts of Southwest Arm Bookmaking Project
Writer and illustrator Charis Cotter will work with 90 Kindergarten to grade 4 students and their teachers to create an original book of ghost stories.  Students will collect local ghost stories from the community, and complete a series of workshops to lead them through the process of writing, illustration, editing, and publishing for a book. Every student will contribute either a drawing or a story to the book which will be sold to parents, libraries, and the community.

St. Peter's Elementary
Upper Island Cove
$5,185
September 15, 2016 to January 31, 2017
Elementary Traditional Fiddle Group
As part of their social studies and music classes, 17 grade 4 students will work with fiddler Rendell Mercer to study the introductory basics of violin, and explore the traditional music and songs of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Central

Leo Burke Academy
Bishop’s Falls
$5,112
November 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017
Glass Mosaic Fusing Workshop
Visual artist Urve Manuel  will work with 50 grade 10 to 12 students and their Newfoundland Studies teacher to research and create scenes or images from Newfoundland and Labrador culture and history in watercolours,  and then in fused glass.  The finished pieces will be displayed in an exhibition for the community.

Valmont Academy
King's Point
$5,157
October 1 to November 11, 2016
Plays, Playwrights & Performance; Scenes from the Newfoundland and Labrador Canon
Actor and playwright Rory Lambert will work with 30 grade 7 to 11 students and their two language arts and drama teachers to explore Newfoundland and Labrador as presented in plays. Students will read, and discuss Newfoundland and Labrador plays and playwrights through an extensive scene study process. Students will then learn selected scenes and rehearse them for a performance with minimalistic staging. The process will culminate in two showcase productions for fellow students and the community.

Western

Canon Richards Memorial Academy
Flowers Cove
$5,500
April 9 to 15, 2017
FRAMED Canon Richards Memorial Academy
The FRAMED film education series, presented by film artists Jenn Brown, Latonia Hartery, and Victoria Wells of the St. John's International Women's Film Festival, will work with 16 grade 8 students and their two teachers in a week-long process to create a short documentary  film about life for youth on the Northern Peninsula.

École Notre-Dame-du-Cap
Cap St-Georges
$3,520
January 4 to March 31, 2017
Roman
As part of their French language arts studies, 11 grade 5 and 6 students and their teacher will work with videographer Michael Fenwick to explore a novel they will study through video production. Students will write scripts for scenes from the novel and shoot videos of them. The final product will be a series of scenes that illuminate the narrative, themes, and mood of the novel. 

Immaculate Heart of Mary School
Corner Brook
$2,312
November 1, 2016 to April 30, 2017
Amazing Me
Visual artist Jane Reagh will work with 75 grades 1, 2, and 8 students and their seven teachers to incorporate learning outcomes for science, art, and physical education/health through unique visual art projects. Grades 1 and 2 students will create life sized self portraits on mylar fabric, and create collages of healthy foods inside them.  Grade 8 students will create modernist self portraits that highlight shape and facial features.

Sacred Heart Elementary
Corner Brook
$3,078
October 1, 2016 to June 12, 2017
How We See Nature
Five teachers and their 123 grade 3 to 6 students will work with visual artist Jane Reagh to explore topics in social studies, language arts, and science. Grades 5 and 6 students will study Inuit stories and create a print to illustrate a story of their choosing. Grade 5 students will also create oil paintings of clouds as they study weather patterns.  Grade 4 students will paint portraits of local animals in their natural habitats, and grade 3 students will create drawings and bark rubbings of trees that will be compiled with student writings to form a tree book.