Three area schools re­ceive Arts­marts grants

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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:

Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate

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.

Acreman Ele­men­tary

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.

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