by Stacy Dunn
The Dotgain Creativity Conference in Charlottetown in October brought together a wide range of people from various disciplines in the creative sector on PEI. Check out below to find out about what initiatives have been happening, or are being planned for the future.
Creative PEI is the sector council representing the creative industries. It focuses on empowering creative professionals to have successful careers on their own terms. Executive Director Mark Sandiford talked about future plans for the sector on PEI.
A feasibility study is expected in 2020. One of the things it will look at is how to facilitate a learning community inside the Creative Hub. “The hub could also have artists-in-residence and top-level people teaching in a variety of disciplines. There is something special about bringing in experts to share their knowledge.
“Our proposed Creative Hub would offer affordable rental space for artists to create their work,” he says. “When creative people are under one roof, they learn and teach one another.
“The Creative Hub could develop into an institute; similar to the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Alberta, where master classes would not only benefit Islanders, but visitors would come to participate in high level arts education.”
For more information on Creative PEI, visit www.creativepei.ca
Confederation Centre of the Arts - Arts Education
The Confederation Centre of Arts houses the following arts education programs:
- dance umbrella
- Visual arts classes
- Choral music (youth and adult)
- Gallery tours
- School of Performing Arts, Holland College
“We also have school programs, such as Arts Discovery Days for grade 4 and grade 8 students,” says Kayla Shaw, Associate Director of Arts Education at Confederation Centre. “We use the social studies curriculum to build a day for students to explore what they are learning through dance, art, music and theatre.
“We are getting children to learn in new ways. We often hear from teachers that kids who never really engaged in class before finally connect with what they have been learning in class.”
She says the Centre is coming up with new ways and spaces to provide summer camps. “This year was visual arts only. We hope to bring back our popular theatre and dance camps. We also hope to become more involved with the public school system to provide support to arts teachers and find more ways to reach out to youth groups and other organizations.
“Confederation Centre offers scholarships to many of our programs because we want the arts to be accessible to everyone.”
For more information on scholarship opportunities and programs, contact Kayla Shaw at 902-628-6128 or email [email protected].com
For more information about arts education at the Confederation Centre of the Arts, visit www.confederationcentre.com/arts–education
Arts education at Holland College
School of Performing Arts (SOPA) offers Dance, Music, and Theatre Performance programs in partnership with the Confederation Centre of the Arts.
School of Visual Arts (SOVA) includes Graphic Design, Photography & Videography, Video Game Art & Animation, and Journalism & Communications programs.
Liam Corcoran, SOPA/SOVA Program Manager, says this is the first year the two departments have come together under one roof. “It’s exciting to see this collaboration because it is the nature of the creative economy,” he says. “We are looking for cross-curricular activities that will mimic actual careers. For example, music students can perform at the college at lunchtime and journalism students can interview them afterwards.”
Liam is also looking at more industry partnerships outside Holland College. “Last year, our Video Game Art & Animation students stepped in when Parks Canada needed help with animated videos,” he says. “We want students to be more ready to enter their fields once they graduate.”
For more information on SOPA and SOVA and industry partnerships, contact Liam Corcoran at 902-314-9256 or email [email protected].com
For more about the Holland School of Performing Arts College, visit www.hollandcollege.com/sopa
For more about the School of Visual Arts and Journalism, visit www.hollandcollege.com and search programs.
Department of Education and Lifelong Learning - Arts Education K to 12
Over 40 arts education courses are delivered from kindergarten to grade 12 within the Public Schools Branch.
“Bluefield High School has an Academy Diploma Program in Arts and Culture, and all Island students must take a Creativity and Innovation (CI) course to graduate from high school. These courses would include arts education and designated courses from career technology education, science and social studies.” says Vicki Allen Cook, K-12 Arts/Music/Creativity Leader with the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning.
“A number of external credits include dance umbrella, the Dance Academy and the Royal Conservatory of Music, School of Piping, and independent study, where students design their own courses. Drama festivals are now held in four sites across PEI in English and French.”
She says future plans include reframing the K to 12 music program. “We want to make sure that children who want to study music can take music. The line-up to get into a music program at the intermediate school level is long, so we are looking at expanding our offerings.”
“We are looking at diversity/inclusion, critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration, and developing empathetic individuals.”
ArtsSmarts is the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning’s community outreach program. This national initiative fuses everyday learning with the arts. Projects allow students to apply what they are learning in various subjects through arts-based activities that include dance, music, theater, or fine arts. Artists from these disciplines visit the classroom to work with teachers in these projects.
For more information on this program and more, contact Vicki Allen Cook at 902-438-4814 or email vlallen–[email protected].pe.ca
PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp
PEI filmmaker Louise Lalonde developed PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp over 14 years ago after coming back from film school in Toronto.
“I wanted to be a screenwriter, and called Island Media Arts Co-op, now known as FilmPEI, about how to raise money to form a tuition-free screenwriting workshop on PEI,” she says.
“The Screenwriters’ Bootcamp has been offered every spring for 14 years in Charlottetown to aspiring filmmakers locally, regionally and nationally. Experts give sessions on writing for documentary, TV and web series, short and feature length film and producing films.”
For more information about PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp, to be held May 22 to 27, 2020, visit http://peiscreenwritersbootcamp.net
Deadline for submissions is April 3, 2020.
Contact Louise Lalonde at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp is funded in part by Telefilm Canada, Innovation PEI, Independent Production Fund, Film PEI, City of Charlottetown, Bell Fund, National Screen Institute, l’Alliance des producteurs francophones du Canada, Women in Film and Television Atlantic, and Business for the Arts (Artsvest).