It?s back to school time across BC, and students in the North have something special to look forward to. Cirque Works is bringing its interactive circus arts workshop to students this fall. The duo will have children balancing peacock feathers on their noses, walking tall on free-standing stilts, rolling globes and balancing on rolla bolas. The duo comes to the North thanks to the Artists in Education (AIE) funding program.

This AIE program, funded by the BC Arts Council and Vancouver Foundation, is adding over $100,000 to Northern school district arts budget this year. The money is earmarked specifically for arts activities in schools – the majority supporting touring artists throughout BC schools.

But Cirque Works aren?t the only artists visiting the North this school year. Twenty visiting groups and performing artists will perform 300 shows at over 100 schools from Prince George to Dawson Creek between September and April. The Alberta Opera?s Touring Association brings its musical showstopper Jack and the Beanstalk to over 30 area schools. Other outstanding visiting groups include Stringfever featuring a 12-year-old fiddling sensation; First Nation?s youth dancers Red Thunder – The Next Generation; participatory theatre group Dufflebag Theatre; bilingual storyteller and string figure whiz Anne Glover, and Shannan Calcutt with her clowning alter ego the conflicted but delightful Izzy.

In the 2004-05 school year, the AIE program will contribute $575,000 to help over 500,000 students across BC see live performances at their schools. Among its many aims, the AIE 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.

Performance Schedule for Tumbler Ridge students:


Tumbler Ridge Elementary Tumbler Ridge 05-Oct-04 9:00:00 AM

Tumbler Ridge Secondary Tumbler Ridge 05-Oct-04 11:00:00 AM

Alberta Opera Touring Association

Tumbler Ridge Elementary Tumbler Ridge 14-Jan-05 9:30:00 AM

Grupo America

Tumbler Ridge Secondary Tumbler Ridge 08-Mar-05 9:00:00 AM

Anne Glover

Tumbler Ridge Elementary Tumbler Ridge 14-Apr-05 1:30:00 PM