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Government unveils 1.5 million in grants to help bring artists into classrooms

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May 7th, 2014

Schools and school districts can now apply for $1.5 million in grants to help bring artists into classrooms.

ArtStarts in Schools receives funding from the BC Arts Council to deliver two grant programs to help schools bring professional artists into contact with students:

  • Artists in Education – provides school districts with subsidies to bring in performing artists for activities including music, dance, literary and theatrical performances as well as visual artist and other residencies. The application deadline is May 23, 2014.
  • Artists in the Classroom – provides individual schools with subsidies to bring visual, literary, media or performing artists to work in residency and relates an art form with a subject area students are studying. The application deadline is May 30, 2014.

Examples of previous grants include, a fiddle strings residency by a professional musician in Bella Coola’s elementary school, airbrush techniques and metal mask making taught by a visual artist to high school students at George P. Vanier in Courtenay and the creation of an art garden by environmental artists and middle school children at Kelowna’s Springvalley Middle School.

More information, including guidelines and application forms can be found at: http://artstarts.com

The two programs support art activities in all B.C. School Districts, the Federation of Independent School Associations, le Conseil scolaire francophone de la Columbie-Britannique and the First Nations Schools Association.

ArtStarts in School is a not-for-profit organization offering educators, artists, parents and students a broad range of programs, services and resources to promote arts and creativity among British Columbia’s young people.

The BC Arts Council is the Government of British Columbia lead agency for arts funding and development in British Columbia. All grants through the BC Arts Council are awarded through a peer assessment process that relies on the knowledge and expertise of British Columbia’s talented arts and culture community.

Again this year, the Government of British Columbia is providing $24 million for the BC Arts Council – the highest level of funding in the council’s history. Overall, government is investing $60 million in British Columbia’s artists, arts organizations and cultural institutions in 2014-15.

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