Three area schools receive Artsmarts grants
Three schools in the Trinity-Conception region have been awarded grants by the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council (NLAC) in order to take part in ArtsSmarts projects during the 2012-2013 school year.
Carbonear Collegiate, Acreman Elementary in Green’s Harbour and Tricon Elementary in Bay de Verde were among 34 schools awarded grants earlier this month. In all, some $150,000 was approved by the council.
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 almost 5,000 students and 295 teachers work with over 40 different artists, creating 70 professional artist positions.
“The way ArtsSmarts allows students and teachers to reach educational outcomes is really impressive,” said Reg Winsor, executive director of the NLAC. “Classrooms become workshops for creative exploration, and engage students, not just in the learning objectives of the school curriculum, but in bigger ideas, such as how they are culturally connected to their community, or what they want in the future for themselves and their community.”
The following is a summary of the projects to be undertaken at schools in this region:
The school has received $5,500, allowing 180 students in Level I, II and III and three teachers to explore creative writing, printmaking, and book publishing.
Author Janet McNaughton will guide English students through a creative writing process that will produce finished pieces of poetry and short stories. Visual artist Jennifer Morgan will explore etching and printmaking with visual art students. They will create prints based on the English students’ writing.
The writing and visual art prints will be published in a short-run chapbook format.
The school has received $5,400 to compile a theatrical history of Trinity Bay.
Under the guidance of actor/director Chuck Herriott, 40 students in grades 3 to 6, along with five teachers, will research, write, design, and perform a historical play about Trinity Bay’s history and culture as part of language arts and social studies courses. The final production will be a multimedia presentation using actors, three dimensional puppets, and shadow puppets.
Tricon Elementary School
The school has received $5,400 to complete a Ghosts of Baccalieu bookmaking workshop
Under the guidance of author/illustrator Charis Cotter, 110 students and their seven teachers will use drama, storytelling, visual art, and writing techniques to create an illustrated book of ghost stories. Students will collect local ghost stories and learn how to write, design, illustrate, and create a book.
Kindergarten, and grades 1 and 2 will contribute illustrations with brief written descriptions for the book, while Grade 6 students will write and illustrate the ghost stories, as well as design and publish the final book.
Meanwhile, ArtsSmarts in Newfoundland and Labrador is a partnership between the NLAC and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’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.