Our Mission

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

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

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.
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Welcome to the Arts and Learning Forum

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

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...
Register Now for NRTEA 2015!

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...
A Poetry Weekend with Westport Centre for Creative Learning:

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...
A Thoughtful Summary of the CNAL/RCAA National Conference 2015

A Thoughtful Summary of the CNAL/RCAA National Conference 2015

To any who missed the #CNAL2015 conference: a thoughtful summary has been made available in the Cultural Human Resources Council newsletter. You can read more here: http://bit.ly/1Hhy8vt

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...

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...

Exploring the Longitudinal Relationship between Arts Engagement and Health

A new report, published by Arts for Health (Manchester Metropolitan University) on Thursday 12 February 2015, reveals that engaging with the arts and culture generally has a positive long-term effect on health and wellbeing. Research undertaken by Dr. Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt has uncovered evidence, stretching back a number of decades, which shows a significant association between...

The Power of Music: a research synthesis of the impact of actively making music on the intellectual, social and personal development of children and young people

This study draws together different strands of research into the impacts of music making on the development of children and young people. Professor Susan Hallam, explores intellectual, social and personal development and the ways involvement in music making can support and influence growth and development. Read more here.
A Digital Engagement Primer

A Digital Engagement Primer

“If this primer helps you talk with others who make up your community about the power and potential of digital engagement, it will have served its purpose.” Colette Murphy, Executive Director, Atkinson Foundation http://atkinsonfoundation.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Atkinson_CTR_FA_101614_Digital.pdf
A Teacher's Practice at the Homa gallery

A Teacher’s Practice at the Homa gallery

Homa Gallery presents a Teacher’s practice: an introduction to an art instructor and artist. The gallery will be displaying the works of all the instructors and hosting an evening with them as well as the gallery services. Opening Reception will be this Thursday, January 22, 2015. https://www.facebook.com/events/839913989401453/ www.homagallery.com
Open Access: The Art of Inclusion

Open Access: The Art of Inclusion

Join us for the 6th annual Art Education Graduate Symposium, on February 6th and 7th 2015. This year, the symposium will be showcasing research within and beyond the Concordia context, surrounding the theme of art and social inclusion. Individual papers, panel discussions, and skill-sharing sessions, as well as alternative presentation formats such as performance, that...
Final Report of the 39th Labrador Creative Arts Festival

Final Report of the 39th Labrador Creative Arts Festival

The success of the ‘Communication’ festival has to be attributed to the experience of the organizing committee, the dedication of teacher directors and students, the enthusiasm of visiting artists, the support of school administrators and teacher representatives, and the kindness shown by many friends of the Festival in the local area. Here is a report...

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