Vancouver Foundation and BC Arts Council support performances in local schools. From Cranbrook to Telegraph Creek, professional performing arts groups are performing in school gymnasiums and theatres this school year. Green Thumb Theatre brings its surprise hit Cranked, which tackles Crystal meth use, to the Kootenays. Canadiana Musical Theatre comes to the North with its uproarious rascally ragtime musical that tells the grand story of the great gold rush. Fana Soro brings his daylong West African music workshop to young people on Vancouver Island and Move: The Company is sure to wow youth with their athletic contemporary dance performance in the Interior. This school year, over 200 performing groups present over 3,300 shows in schools across BC thanks to the Artists in Education funding program. The program, funded by Vancouver Foundation and the BC Arts Council, is adding over $600,000 to school district arts coffers this year. Districts from Vancouver in the South to the Stikine in the North and points in between receive thousands of dollars so that professional touring artists such as Ache Brasil and Green Thumb Theatre can perform in urban and rural areas of the province. The money is earmarked specifically for arts activities in schools – the majority supporting touring artists throughout BC schools. ?We are grateful to the Vancouver Foundation and the BC Arts Council for its generous support of the Artists in Education program, which helps over half a million young people across BC see professional performances and engage in hands-on arts activities in their schools. The program is instrumental in bringing more arts of a professional caliber into young people?s lives and transforming the way the arts are experienced in schools.? ~Wendy Newman, Executive Director, ArtStarts in Schools Among its many aims, the Artists in Education program seeks to expose young people to workshops, performances and residencies that have artistic quality and educational merit and balance the exposure of the arts to young people in remote, rural and urban environments.