Education and Early Childhood Development

Enrichment Opportunities

ArtsSmarts

The ArtsSmarts program was launched in 1998 by the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation. It is a national initiative to promote the active engagement of young people in the arts through school-based projects. The program seeks to integrate art throughout standard school curriculum, to develop intellectual and communication skills in children through active participation in the arts, and to enhance appreciation for culture and art.

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School Touring Program

The School Touring Program (STP) is an original program created through the Cultural Connections initiative. This program is distinct from ArtsSmarts and VAP in that it 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 only receive one STP grant per school year.

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People Profiles

This is a series of posters highlighting historically significant people who have made significant contributions of Newfoundland and Labrador. These twenty short biographies (2008-09 series mainly focused on women and Aboriginals) with accompanying photographs and artwork target curriculum at the intermediate level.

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Student Travel Grant

The Cultural Connections Travel Funding Program provides support for students to visit and/or perform at historical and cultural venues across the province.

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Legacy

The LEGACY (Learning, Educating, and Growing Arts and Culture for Youth) program provides grants directly to school districts to support identified student projects in the areas of the arts, culture, and heritage.

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Fine Arts & Cultural Festival Funding

In addition to Department of Education and Early Childhood Development led initiatives, community-based programs can benefit K-12 students and extend their arts and cultural experience outside the school setting. The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development recognizes that such programs/events enhance the achievement of curriculum outcomes in arts and cultural education and may require additional monies, beyond organizational budget.

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