In 2005, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and the Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation joined together to develop a provincial fine arts and cultural strategy for K-12 education in Newfoundland and Labrador: Cultural Connections. This initiative aims to increase the presence of cultural content in the school curriculum and foster links between the arts and school communities.
Leadership from the government and community based-sector at both provincial and regional levels has been instrumental in the approval, design, and implementation of the Cultural Connections initiative. Partnerships with organizations such as Memorial University of Newfoundland, the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council, The Rooms, the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers' Association, the Association of Heritage Industries, the Association of Cultural Industries, and the Newfoundland and Labrador School Boards Association have increased cultural capacity within school environments.
The goals of Cultural Connections are as follows:
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