Ontario Arts Council

Ontario Arts Council

March 19, 2008 08:01 ET

Artists in Residence Illuminate Student Potential

What impacts would an ongoing collaboration among artists, students and teachers have on student engagement and learning?

Attention: Arts/Entertainment Editor, Assignment Editor, Education Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO, NEWS RELEASE--(Marketwire - March 19, 2008) - What impacts would an ongoing collaboration among artists, students and teachers have on student engagement and learning? To find out, three school boards have partnered with the Ontario Arts Council to create the Artists in Residence in School Boards Pilot Program.

"The arts can change people's lives," said John Brotman, Executive Director of the Ontario Arts Council. "Arts education improves student engagement and achievement and helps young people reconnect with learning when other methods have failed."

Over 1200 students participate.

The three school boards are: The Durham District School Board, le Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud, and York Region District School Board.

"The Durham District School Board is grateful for this unique opportunity to bring regional artists into Durham Alternative Secondary School to work with our students and staff," said Luigia Ayotte, Superintendent of Education/Programs for the Durham District School Board, which has one school participating in this pilot. "The Artists in Residence program has taken learning beyond the classroom walls and into the world of artistic imagination where our students are engaged and their creativity is explored, celebrated and supported."

Seven schools are participating through le Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud. "We are grateful to the artists who give our students the opportunity to discover the endless possibilities of their talents. Hopefully, some of them will even consider an artistic career on the francophone scene and beyond after this positive experience," said Bernard Lavallée, Director of Education for the Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud.

"Because the Ontario Arts Council had been flexible about the implementation of the project, we have had the freedom to tailor the project to meet our board's unique context", said Mary Lawlis, Curriculum Coordinator for Intermediate/Senior Education and the Arts at the York Region District School Board. "The project has to be connected meaningfully to the work we are currently doing in the system if it is to have any impact on student achievement." York Region District School Board now has six schools involved in the pilot.

The program will act as a catalyst for the students' creativity, augment arts education, and enhance student achievement. Program parameters and measurement tools are in place for assessment purposes. If proven successful, it may be expanded into other areas in the province.

- 30 - /For further information: Hamal Docter, Communications Coordinator
Ontario Arts Council
416-969-7434 / 1-800-387-0058, ext. 7434

The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is the province of Ontario’s primary funding body for professional arts activity. Since 1963, OAC has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts and artists for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians.

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Contact Information

  • Hamal Docter, Communications Coordinator, Ontario Arts Council
    Primary Phone: 416-969-7434
    Toll-Free: 800-387-0058
    E-mail: hdocter@arts.on.ca