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School Touring Program grants announced

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October 2, 2017 (St. John’s, NL) - ArtsNL has awarded $75,000 in grants to four projects through the School Touring Program for the 2017-2018 school year.

The School Touring Program (STP) awards grants to professional artists and groups, and not-for-profit arts organizations working in a variety of artistic disciplines. They tour to schools across the province bringing high-quality artistic performances and workshops that enhance or support various aspects of the school curriculum.
“The School Touring Program supports professional artists from Newfoundland and Labrador who create significant tours for kindergarten to grade 12 students in schools. The tours have been developed and honed by professional artists and work with the schools to ensure students have a unique and engaging experience,” says Reginald Winsor, executive director of ArtsNL. “Tours this year will lead students to explore traditional Newfoundland and Labrador culture and heritage, as well as themes of inclusion and confidence building. Students will have access to professional artistic experiences through songwriting, dance, film, ensemble musical performance, puppetry, and theatre to achieve curriculum learning outcomes while simultaneously developing an appreciation of the arts.”

The School Touring Program is a partnership between ArtsNL and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador's Department of Education and Early Childhood Development through its Cultural Connections Strategy.  This program seeks to increase the presence of cultural content in the school curriculum and foster links between the arts and school communities.

Tours will take place throughout Newfoundland and Labrador from September 2017 to June 2018.

For a complete list of grant recipients and project descriptions, please see below.

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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 $1.9 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.

School Touring Program
Grant Recipients – Fall 2017-18

Tours to take place: September 2017 – June 2018
Total number of grants: 4
Total amount awarded: $75,000

School Touring Program – 2017-18

Total Awarded:                                                                     Tours to take place:
$75,000 to 4 projects                                                           September 2017 to June 2018

The Daly Family Collective
St. John's
October 1, 2017 to April 30, 2018
School Tour: If a Place Could Be Made
The Daly Family Collective will present the show If a Place Could Be Made. The school tour will be presented in schools along the South Coast of Newfoundland and in Labrador. Accompanying workshops will be given on songwriting and dance, which will focus on the show's theme of inclusion. This school tour will visit:Black Tickle, Recontre, Gaultois, Harbour Breton, Hermitage, McCallum, and Conne River.

Nickel Independent Film Festival
St. John's
October 16, 2017 to May 15, 2018
2017-18 Nickel Festival "First Takes" High School Film Tour
The Nickel Independent Film Festival will present a 40-minute screening tour of short films made by filmmakers under the age of 19 at 10 to 15 schools in rural Newfoundland and Labrador.  Following the film screening an introductory filmmaking workshop will allow students to write and shoot a short documentary on the themes specific to their community. This tour will concentrate on schools in south west Newfoundland and Labrador.  This school tour will visit: Deer Lake, Corner Brook, Grey River, Doyles, Codroy Valley, Rocky Harbour, Burgeo, Stephenville Crossing, Pollard's Point, Springdale, Lark Harbour, King's Point, Cape St. George, Daniel's Harbour, and Roddickton.

Soundbone Traditional Arts Foundation
Ladle Cove
May 6 to June 3, 2018
Lomond Sound Traditional Music & Dance Tour 2018
Soundbone Traditional Arts Foundation's folk arts collective Lomond Sound plan to visit ten schools in central Newfoundland and Labrador and on the Northern Peninsula, performing concerts and giving workshops in traditional music and dance. Students will first see a concert, followed by workshops throughout the day, and then perform in a school concert with Lomond Sound at the end of the day. This school tour will visit: Musgrave Harbour, Carmanville, Wesleyville, Dover, Gambo, Wing's Point, Ladle Cove, Lumsden, Centreville, Trout River, Woody Point, Rocky Harbour, Daniel's Harbour, Port Saunders, Plum Point, and Flower's Cove.

White Rooster Theatre
St. John's
March 1 to May 15, 2018
Kate Crackerberry Spring School Tour
White Rooster Theatre will present the school tour of Kate Crackerberry.  The play is a 50-minute adaption of a Scottish folktale told with puppets and live music in the style of the Jack tales in Newfoundland and Labrador. The play is about the love between two step-sisters, a sheep's head, and a prince under a fairy spell focuses on new and positive perspectives of fearlessness, and the siblings learn to care for one another.  Workshops in puppet and instrument making will happen simultaneously followed by a group activity using the student's creations. This school tour will visit: Chapel Arm, Burin Bay Arm, Shoal Harbour, Port Rexton, Musgravetown, Eastport, Dover, Gander, Grand Falls-Windsor, and English Harbour West.