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School Touring Program grants announced

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November 9, 2016 (St. John’s, NL) - ArtsNL has awarded $75,000 in grants to five projects through the School Touring Program for the 2015-2016 school year.

The School Touring Program (STP) awards grants to professional artists, artistic groups, and not-for-profit arts organizations working in a variety of artistic disciplines. They tour to schools across the province bringing Newfoundland and Labrador culture to life through high-quality artistic presentations and performances that enhance or support various aspects of the school curriculum. In addition to the performances or presentations, they also offer workshops and other enrichment activities that give students hands-on experience exploring
the arts.

“The School Touring Program supports professional artists from Newfoundland and Labrador who are embarking on significant tours for kindergarten to grade 12 students in schools as a means of enhancing learning outcomes, while simultaneously stimulating their interest in and appreciation of the arts,” says Reg Winsor, executive director of ArtsNL. “Tours this year will include topics related to discrimination, understanding disability, exploring traditional Newfoundland and Labrador culture, and environmental concepts with a special focus on oceans and regional water systems. Touring professional artists will consult with teachers at each school to customize their presentations and workshops to cater to where they are at the time in their lesson plans.”

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 2016 to June 2017.

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 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.

School Touring Program
Grant Recipients – Fall 2016-17

Tours to take place: September 2016 – June 2017
Total number of grants: 5
Total amount awarded: $75,000

Jim Payne and Fergus O'Byrne
St. John's
September 15, 2016 to June 23, 2017
A Celebration of Newfoundland and Labrador (A Cultural Experience with Jim & Fergus)
Musicians and educators Jim Payne and Fergus O'Byrne will offer a cultural experience program about Newfoundland and Labrador to students of all grades that incorporates many areas of the school curriculum. The specific aspects of the program for each school will be designed with input from the administration and teachers at each school to be visited, and will closely relate to the current school curriculum.  This school tour will visit: Ferryland, Mobile, Placentia, Arnold's Cove, Trepassey, Dunville, St. Mary's, St. Bride's, and Mount Carmel

Nickel Independent Film Festival
St. John’s

October 1, 2016 to June 1, 2017
2016 Nickel Festival/Reel Youth High School Film Tour
 The 2016 Nickel Festival will tour a 40 minute screening of short films made by filmmakers under age 19 selected for high school students at 10 school in rural Newfoundland.  The tour will include introductory filmmaking workshops, with students writing and shooting a short documentary on the themes of oceans and water systems (relative to their community).  This school tour will visit: Port Rexton, Swift Current, Bonavista, Arnold’s Cove, King’s Cove, Lethbridge, Little Heart’s Ease, Grand Bank, Fortune, and Rushoon

Tuckamore Festival
St. John’s
April 25 to May 5, 2017
What Life Throws At You: A School Touring Program for grades 4 to 12
The Tuckamore Festival will tour, What Life Throws At You, a concert presentation and related workshop that uses stories about great musicians and composers to explore topics relating to disability, discrimination, and other life challenges. Artistic directors Nancy Dahn and Timothy Steeves, along with alumni of The Tuckamore Festival's Young Artist Program, will present the performance and workshops to ten schools from grades 4 to 12.  This school tour will visit: St. John’s, Mount Pearl, Mount Carmel, St. Mary’s, Trepassey, St. Bride’s, Placentia, Ferryland, Mobile, Witless Bay

The Daly Family Collective
St. John's
September 15, 2016 to May 1, 2017
If a Place Could be Made
The Daly Family Collective will tour the show, If A Place Could Be Made, in schools and give workshops on inclusion through songwriting, contemporary dance, and storytelling leading to students creating their own pieces. Workshops will be led by The Daly Family Collective and Kim White, former executive director of the Coalition of Persons with Disabilities NL.  This school tour will visit: Mount Carmel , St. Mary's, Trepassey, St. Bride's, Placentia, Ferryland, Mobile, Witless Bay, St. John's, and Bell Island

Soundbone Traditional Arts Foundation
Ladle Cove
May 6 to June 3, 2017
Lomond Sound Traditional Music & Dance Tour 2016
Soundbone Traditional Arts Foundation's folk group Lomond Sound will tour ten schools in Western Newfoundland and along the South Coast, performing concerts and giving workshops in traditional music and dance, the students will present a concert at the end of the day based on the workshops presented.  This school tour will visit: McKay's, Doyles, Port aux Basques, Isle aux Morts, St. George's, Milltown, Conne River, Hermitage, Harbour Breton, English Harbour West, Gaultois