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In the 2005 throne speach, the government of Newfoundland and Labrador outlined an integrated, coherent provincial strategy called Cultural Connections, through which the province's history and culture would be affirmed as a key feature of the kindergarten to grade 12 curriculum and students would develop a critical awareness of the role of the arts in creating and reflecting Newfoundland and Labrador heritage.
This initiative connects music, drama, visual artists, tradition bearers and students in classrooms across the province. Teachers and community artists/tradition bearers would work side-by-side to assist students in meeting the curriculum outcomes for art, music, theatre arts, and social studies.
Artists and Tradition Bearers in the Schools programs:
The ArtsSmarts mission is to afford schools and their communities a chance to enhance artistic activities linked to educational outcomes. The desire is to encourage students to develop their intellectual skills through active participation in the arts. ArtsSmarts is administered by the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council.ArtsSmarts Application
The School Touring Program (STP) provides students with access to artistic experiences by providing financial assistance to professional artists and arts organizations for touring productions to more than one school. An artist or organization can receive one STP grant per school year. STP is administered by the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council.School Touring Program Application
The goal of the Arts and Culture Infused Curriculum (ACIC) project is to enhance and support the delivery of fine arts and other curricula. An ACIC project would have strong curriculum ties to arts and/or cultural curricula; be implemented in one school year; employ an artist/tradition bearer from respective region of school site; and empower the teacher to continue to pursue curriculum delivery via the arts. ACIC is facilitated by school districts.
The LEGACY (Learning, Educating, and Growing Arts and Culture for Youth) program provides grants to school districts to support student projects in the areas of the arts, culture, and heritage. LEGACY projects are facilitated by school districts.
The Department of Education develops virtual arts and cultural tours of arts and cultural collections, which will allow resources to be digitized and made available to K-12 students. This program is facilitated by the Department of Education.
Virtual Fine Arts and Cultural Tour example:
This site was developed by The Rooms Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador in partnership with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador (Department of Education), as part of the Cultural Connections Strategy. The site was specifically designed for use by students and teachers in Grade 8 Newfoundland and Labrador History and Newfoundland and Labrador Studies 2205. The site contains the military files of over 2200 soldiers from the Royal Newfoundland Regiment who served in the First World War, including those of the 1305 young men who died in the conflict. These files are searchable by name or by community. To view the virtual tour, click here.
Community-based programs can benefit K-12 students and extend their arts and cultural experience outside the school setting and enhance the achievement of curriculum outcomes in arts and cultural education. These programs may access funding through the Cultural Connections strategy. Fine Arts and Cultural Festivals are facilitated by the Department of Education.
Funding for purchase of and/or repairs to fine arts equipment is made available through this program. Schools should consult their districts for information pertaining to this funding. This program is facilitated by school districts.
The Arts Work is a series of conferences that focus on practical and effective approaches to incorporate and support the arts and culture in the school curriculum. Arts Work conferences engage local artists, arts educators, and tradition bearers in offering professional learning opportunities in the arts, culture and arts integration to K-12 teachers in Newfoundland and Labrador. Included in these conferences are student performances/displays, artist performances and an awards ceremony celebrating the efforts of arts educators who have made significant contributions to the arts education of the youth of our province. Fine Arts and Cultural Conferences are sponsored by the Department of Education and hosted by school districts.
The goals of The Arts Work conferences are:
Learning Partners is designed to be a flexible professional learning program. It is intended to assist teachers who have identified art or culture as a professional learning priority. Teachers design a learning plan to work with a learning partner, who displays a level of expertise in an arts/culture related discipline. He or she may be a colleague or a professional artist/tradition bearer in the community. Teachers can apply to this program through their respective district personnel, using the
Virtual professional learning modules with a NL arts and culture focus are designed to enhance teachers’ understanding and ability to teach visual art, music, theatre arts, and social studies. The modules align with curriculum. Virtual Professional Learning modules are facilitated by the Department of Education.
Virtual Professional Learning examples:
The grade eight Social Studies is a Newfoundland and Labrador history course, with a locally developed textbook, Voyage to Discovery, which is available in both English and French. This online professional learning resource supports Social Studies teachers delivering this course. The Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage website provides information about the province’s history and culture from the beginning of the 19th century to the present and contains more than 400 articles, divided into five units, each corresponding to the organizational themes outlined in the curriculum guide.A History of Newfoundland and Labrador 1800-Present - PL Resource
This website is a joint project of the Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage Web Site and the provincial Department of Education. It provides supplementary reading material for students of Newfoundland and Labrador Studies 2205, a high school social studies course. This site includes photographs, maps, and other images that give fascinating visual insight into the province's development over time.Newfoundland and Labrador Studies 2205 - PL Resource
Singing together, creating together, learning together and more.
Diversity in harmony in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Because we, we got a history. With roots all over the world.
If you'd like to know a little bit more about it visit cultural connections to learn
The Student Travel Grant provides support for students to visit and/or perform at artistic and cultural venues across the province. This program is facilitated by the Department of Education.
To increase emphasis on cultural content in the K-12 curriculum in Newfoundland and Labrador, this program identifies resources that address arts and cultural aspects of the province while also complementing curriculum outcomes. The Resource Acquisition Program (RAP) enhances students’ opportunities to increase their knowledge and appreciation for people, events, and places of Newfoundland and Labrador through resources as books, theatre scripts, music CDs, and DVDs in schools throughout the province. RAP is facilitated by the Department of education.
These are customized learning resources for schools that highlight artists, tradition bearers, and/or careers in the arts, culture, and heritage sectors. This program is facilitated by the Department of Education.
Fine Arts and Cultural Resources:
This is a series of posters highlighting historically significant people who have made substantial contributions to Newfoundland and Labrador. These biographies with accompanying photographs and artwork target curriculum at the intermediate level.
Change Constant is a joint initiative of The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery and the Department of Education, highlighting forty artworks included in the Provincial Art Gallery’s permanent collection. The focus of this package is the provision of teachable, practical resources in support of K-12 Visual Art programs and courses in other subject areas such as Language Arts and Social Studies. Change Constant is available in both English and French.
Chris Kirby and Leo Bruce
Henge Studios, NL