Posts Tagged ‘ArtsSmarts’

Spotlight on ArtsSmarts

ArtsSmarts—an initiative launched by the Foundation in 1998 that is now a stand-alone organization—held its sixth national Knowledge Exchange recently at the University of Calgary, on the theme of cultivating creative communities. One of the presenters at the meeting, John Eger, subsequently penned this piece in the Huffington Post: The Best Way to Grow the Economy? Creativity.

In other ArtsSmarts news, the program was one of six charities selected by Target Canada to receive a share of one million dollars through the Give with Target program.

Art, Science and the Brain – Save the Date!

October 31 to November 2, 2011, ArtsSmarts and Social Innovation Generation are co-hosting a knowledge exchange called Art, Science and the Brain: New Models of Learning for the 21st Century at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto. The event will be devoted to exploring the nature of inquiry-based learning and its effect on our brains.

In contrast to a more passive, traditional style of conference, attendees will be called upon to take part in all kinds of interactive seminars that put into practice the inquiry-based learning techniques that are being discussed.

Learn more about the event from the ArtsSmarts website.

ArtsSmarts announces the departure of Executive Director Annalee Adair

ArtsSmarts logoArtsSmarts recently announced that Annalee Adair, ArtsSmarts’ Executive Director, will be leaving the organization by mutual consent at the end of January.

Among her many contributions, Annalee oversaw ArtsSmarts’ transition from a Foundation initiative to an independent, national organization in 2008.

The Foundation congratulates Annalee on her accomplishments in this role and wishes her the best in her future endeavours.

ArtsSmarts coordinator wins Governor General’s Award for Fiction

Dianne Warren, coordinator of ArtsSmarts Saskatchewan, was awarded a 2010 Governor General’s Literary Award for her novel Cool Water. The novel depicts the lives of residents of a Saskatchewan town called Juliet, population 1011.

The Foundation joins with the rest of the ArtsSmarts community in congratulating Dianne on her achievement.

ArtsSmarts, launched by the Foundation in 1998, supports students’ learning and creativity in collaboration with teachers and artists. It is delivered in more than 170 communities across Canada.

For more about Cool Water see this Globe and Mail book review.

ArtsSmarts featured in CSBA’s Best Practices in Public Education Across Canada column

ArtsSmarts, a program that helps communities better integrate art with formal education, was recently featured in the Canadian School Boards Association (CSBA)’s inaugural Best Practices in Public Education Across Canada web column.

The feature includes an interview with the Executive Director of ArtsSmarts, Annalee Adair, who speaks about the positive impact of ArtsSmarts on student engagement levels, the program’s focus on 21st Century Learning, and how ArtsSmarts aids communities create multi-sector collaborations.

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Art helps to focus the mind

Foundation initiative, ArtsSmarts, was featured in the Montreal Gazette on April 18. The article highlighted the programs ability to help kids focus and think creatively by bringing artists into the classroom. (more…)

ArtsSmarts holds learning symposium

This past December, ArtsSmarts held its Learning Symposium in Toronto. With a keynote talk from New Brunswick Deputy Minster of English Education John Kershaw, the symposium both celebrated the fine work being done by the programs and highlighted ArtsSmarts’ own emergence as a national charity and independent organization in its own right. (more…)