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Our Mission

To promote awareness of the benefits of learning in, and through, the arts in fostering creativity for all Canadians, to serve as a forum for the dissemination of research and exemplary practices, and to identify and mobilize partners committed to the goals of the Network.


Our Vision

This vision of the future is shared by a growing worldwide movement.  The movement is calling for a systemic transformation that will realize the full potential of the arts to achieve crucial social, economic and cultural objectives for children, youth and life-long learners of all ages.

Our Commitment

We believe that the arts are the gateway to creativity and are fundamental to the education of the fully realized individual. We are dedicated to building a world where the arts are integral to the learning process, not only in school but throughout life. In this place, knowledge, wisdom, cultural development and imagination flourish in a climate of generosity and collaboration, through arts and learning.

Welcome to the Arts and Learning Forum

Join the Forum today! Share resources, research and events, catalyze new discussions and facilitate new creative collaborations.

The Arts & Learning Forum is a vibrant meeting place for artists, arts organizations, educators, schools and academia, policy-makers, funders, researchers and all those who believe that the arts are the gateway to creativity and fundamental to the education of the fully realized individual.

Music Education in Ontario Questionnaire

As part of the Wise Voices for Music program, the Coalition for Music Education is conducting research with respect to the state of music education in Ontario. The information gathered in these questionnaires will be used to shape the Coalition’s advocacy efforts and develop province-wide strategies and priorities. The Coalition will be sharing the results with the Ontario Music Educators Association and presenting our findings at a symposium dedicated to the outcomes of the Wise Voices for Music program in the Fall.

Afiara String Quartet and ChamberFEST in Westport

Join us for a behind-the-scenes, intimate evening of chamber music at the beautiful Westport Centre for Creative Learning at Stepping Stone. As part of a 2-day chamber music retreat, two young professional string quartets, mentored by the award-winning Afiara quartet, will workshop dynamic new programs that bring together classical music and other genres, before kicking off a casual chamber music reading session.

UNESCO International Arts Education Week, May 25-31, 2015

UNESCO’s International Arts Education Week will take place, this year, from May 25 to 31. We are delighted to share a very helpful pdf document prepared by the World Alliance for Arts Education explaining the background of this celebratory week and suggesting various activities that arts educators may wish to engage in during the week to advocate for arts education. UNESCO Arts Education Week Info Pack   

Register Now for NRTEA 2015!

The 2015 National Roundtable for teacher education in the arts is fast approaching on May 28, 2015 at the University of Ottawa.

The event will present a balance of small and larger group shared experience and rich conversation that may lead to important recommendations affecting all that we do. There will be several outstanding guest speakers who will present intense insights guaranteed to inspire.

A Poetry Weekend with Westport Centre for Creative Learning:

Unforgettable! Outstanding! Do not miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to meet and work with some of the world’s most profound writers and poets. This event is a meaningful experience where you will be indulged and deeply satisfied not only through rich language and the power of poetry, but also by 50 acres of serene nature, complete with ponds, waterfalls and breathtaking beauty.

June 5th, 6th and 7th 2015 in Westport, Ontario

For inquires or bookings please email

CNAL/RCAA National Conference Photos

Creative Engagement: A Call to Action for Arts & Learning in Canada

The Canadian Network for Arts & Learning (CNAL) National Conference took place on March 25, 2015 in The Conservatory Theatre at The Royal Conservatory of Music. This inspiring event was hosted by the UNESCO Chair in Arts and Learning, The Royal Conservatory of Music, and celebrated the 20th anniversary of Learning Through the Arts (LTTA).

I Am a Teaching Artist: Cultivating Quality to Create Quantity

“I just want to know if you’re actually going to TEACH my students something.” This is how my first planning meeting went as a teaching artist rookie. Luckily, I had experience in my pocket as a competitive Hip Hop/Street dancer. Opposition creates opportunity, and in the end, this classroom teacher actually did me a favor. He ignited the fire in me, and I was on a mission to conquer and come out victorious.

The National Ballet of Canada: Presenting Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, March 14—29, 2015

Lewis Carroll’s immortal children’s story Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has long fascinated not just generations of children and readers, but artists in other disciplines. Its irresistible blend of whimsical, fantastical characters and wildly outrageous narrative along with the slyly knowing, subversive strain in its makeup has always attracted the interest of everyone from filmmakers to philosophers. Choreographers are no exception. And in Christopher Wheeldon, the Carroll classic has undoubtedly found its ideal choreographic interpreter.


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