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The Arts Express Program was established specifically
for youth in the schools and community feeding into J.L.Ilsley High School
in Spryfield order to allow for a stronger arts support within this unique
family of schools. The program has been strongly supported by HRM, HRSB,
the DOE and local councilors and MLAs over the past 5 years and has the
- Direct support for existing arts programs and
development of new arts initiatives.
- Coordination of arts partnerships between schools
- Access on external sources of funding through
available arts grants to enrich school and classrooms programs, as well
as arts scholarships for disadvantaged kids as well as gifted students.
- Emphasis on ‘prevention and intervention’ by
creating intensive arts initiatives for students with diverse learning
styles and those who are otherwise disengaged from our public schools.
The full time position of Arts Express Coordinator
is being funded through supplementary and discretionary moneys by HRSB
and centers around developing a network of connections among schools,
community arts organizations, universities, local artists, social
agencies, HRM and corporate giving programs, classroom teachers, visual
arts teachers and the provincial Department of Education. Arts Express is
collaborative by nature.
The current components for the Arts Express Program
- Writing and coordination of a wide range of
applications for arts funding from a variety of arts foundations,
governments programs and private as well as corporate sources.
- Scouting for artists suitable for ‘artists in
school programs’ by forming close working connections with the local
- Teaching art units directly in classrooms ranging
from grades Primary to Grade 12, to explore and demonstrate the
possibilities of enhancing the curriculum through the arts
- Offering leadership in visual arts, both at a
regional and provincial level, by planning and implementing both
mandated and optional PD for visual arts teachers of the HRSB and other
- Planning and organizing the Provincial October
Conference as the chairperson for the Art Teacher Association.
- Development of school outreach programs and
partnerships with local arts institutions, organizations, businesses and
- Acquisition and distribution of used musical
instruments, and finding sponsors for a variety of music workshop
experiences for students.
- Sourcing of revenues in order to purchase
materials and supplies for the Arts Express Program, which currently has
no annual operating budget.