ArtsSmarts is the largest education initiative in Canada dedicated to improving the lives and learning capacity of Canadian children by injecting arts into their academic programs.
ArtsSmarts was founded by The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation on the premise that engaging young people in artistic activity is critical to their evolution as creative thinkers. In classrooms from coast to coast, artists and educators, schools and communities collaborate to integrate the arts into the daily work of students studying core subjects such as social studies, math, and language arts. Whether it is history through drama, math through dance, or science through music, projects reflect locally-shaped themes that cover the requirements of the provincial curriculum, but also help students to understand who they are and where they are in the world.
From its inception, ArtsSmarts has focused on “breaking down walls” – the walls between schools and communities, the education sector and the cultural sectors, artists, and teachers, arts organizations and community organizations; the walls around subject areas in the curriculum; the walls around artistic disciplines; the I.Q. walls around measurements of learning; the walls that stereotype children among their peers and as students.
Since 1998, ArtsSmarts has provided seed monies to a wide range of locally initiated arts-integration programs. These numerous and wide-ranging partnerships are helping to ensure that the field of arts-integration flourishes in the future and receives the necessary support to sustain programs across the country.
Learn more: Artssmarts website
ArtsSmarts is administered by the Canadian Education Association.
Note: website also available in French.
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