What is ArtsSmarts?
ArtsSmarts is the largest education initiative in Canada dedicated to improving the lives and learning capacity of Canadian children by injecting arts into academic programs. The importance of engaging young people in artistic activity is critical to their evolution as creative thinkers.
young people's excitement about learning core curricula through the arts.
collaboration among artists and educators, schools and communities.
financially and strategically in creative learning networks at local, regional, provincial and national levels to build capacity for arts and education.
a new vision for public education in Canada.
In order to support this creative learning process, artists are selected to work with teachers in elaborating projects that integrate arts activities into non-arts subject areas. Links with community partners for research, field trips, art appreciation and project sponsorships are encouraged to further the process. In this way, young people combine their learning of core subjects such as math, languages, social studies, and science with an application of the skills involved in one or more of the artistic disciplines: visual and literary arts, dance, music, theatre… and find a context for it in their lives.
The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation has developed and funds the ArtsSmarts program in order to allow artists to encourage new ways of teaching and learning in schools. The Canadian Education Association acts as the National Secretariat for the ArtsSmarts Program across Canada.
ArtsSmarts PEI is a provincial partnership involving the Prince Edward Island Council of the Arts, the Department of Education, the Department of Tourism and Culture, the Confederation Centre of the Arts, Commission Scolaire de Langue Française, the Western School Board, the Eastern School Board, the PEI Crafts Council, the University of Prince Edward Island, the Capital Commission of PEI, the Fédération culturelle de l'Î.-P.-É., the Atlantic Technology Centre and the Eptek Centre.