Artists in education program visits tumbler ridge schools this spring

The Peace River South School District received $117,000 to support arts activies in their schools through the Artists in Education program.

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Tumbler Ridge SecondaryMilton Randall

04-May-099:00:00 AMConfirmed

MusicTumbler Ridge

SD59SD 59, Peace River South

Tumbler Ridge ElementaryUzume Taiko

29-Apr-099:00:00 AMConfirmed

MusicTumbler Ridge

Professional artists visit schools across the province thanks to Artists in Education program.

This school year, over half a million students from Vancouver to Telegraph Creek are experiencing performances and artist in residence programs thanks to the Artists in Education

program. This foundational program, which is funded by the BC Arts Council and Vancouver Foundation, and run by ArtStarts in Schools, injects over $600,000 into schools and districts to bring professional artists into school gyms and classrooms.

This school year, the program is helping to support more than 3,000 school shows ranging from children?s theatre to Japanese Taiko drumming and over 100 in-class arts activities that connect professional artists and students for art projects that deepen learning, creativity and community connections.

?This program provides a unique opportunity for students of all ages to see or work with some of the most celebrated and respected professional artists in BC,? said ArtStarts executive

director, Wendy Newman. ?Thanks to funding from the BC Arts Council and Vancouver Foundation, young people right across the province have access to artistic excellence.

This year approximately 100 artist residencies are taking place in every major region of BC:

? Elementary students in Williams Lake are working with a local ceramicist to explore the role of salmon in the culture and literature to residents of the Cariboo.

? A group of grade 12s in South Slocan involved in a social justice group is working with a local actor to write, produce and perform a play about their experiences doing

community service both locally and globally.

? In Powell River, elementary students are working on a poetry performance project where they look at creative uses of language and give voice to their hopes, dreams and

concerns.

? A small group of at-risk teens in a Vancouver alternate school are expressing themselves through a variety of performance genres including hip hop, small poetry, comedy, ritual performance, monologues with guidance of a group of urban artists.

? In Hazelton, Gitxsan dancers are reintroducing the traditional dance of this region to secondary students as part of an ongoing commitment to revive important cultural traditions.

This year, performers present school shows to students in BC school districts as well as the First Nations and Independent school associations.

? Dianna David visits the Kootenays schools with her one-woman show filled with mime, movement, storytelling, dance and humor.

? Uzume Taiko is heading up north to play their booming drums, tell stories about Japanese mythological masked characters.

? Scrap Arts music brings its one-of a-kind instruments made from recycled materials, experimental sound sculptures to young people in the Interior.

? First Nations musicians Iskwew follow up their tour of the Stikine with a tour of the Gulf Islands where they will play their impressive First Nations repertoire, which includes the

ancient round dance, rattle songs and contemporized chants.

? Julia Mackey brings her spellbinding one woman show Jake?s Gift, a moving comedy drama that tells the story of a World War II veteran, to students along Highway 16.

? One-man drumming machine Milton Randall brings his all-day workshop, which focuses

on African and Latin rhythms to Dawson Creek to local high school students.

? Dance sensation Move The Company will perform their energetic contemporary dance

routines to full houses at the Michael J Fox theatre in Burnaby.

Through performances, workshops, residencies and teacher participation, this remarkable program brings professional artistic activities to remote, rural and urban schools, providing arts opportunities, exposure and resources for learners, teachers and artists throughout the province.

Artists in Education Partners

Vancouver Foundation is Canada?s largest and one of its oldest community foundations. Its mission is to create positive and lasting impacts in communities in BC. British Columbia Arts Council supports the arts and cultural community to enable it to achieve its creative, social and economic potential by providing financial assistance, advocacy and public education.

ArtStarts provides innovative arts programs for young people, practical resources for teachers and artists, and leadership in advocacy for arts in education.