The Canadian Network for Arts and Learning is seeking community partners to co-host one of our dynamic Eduarts Hubs and celebrate exemplary local initiatives while connecting and engaging with the national arts and learning sector. Each Hub has a community-based focus and consists of professional development, networking and research sessions. The Ontario Eduarts Hubs series is supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Email Managing Director Jennifer Petrilli to find out more.
Connecting Arts Learning Communities
Canadian arts and learning communities are composed of talented, creative, hard-working individuals who sometimes lack the support they require or work in isolation. As a response to this, in 2013 The Canadian Network for Arts & Learning launched our successful Eduarts Networking Hub Series bringing together local professionals to meet and develop networks with their peers, discuss the unique challenges they face, brainstorm collaborative opportunities, and strengthen and support local arts and learning communities.
We invite a wide variety of professionals to our Eduarts Hubs to encourage networking and collaboration. People who attend the Hubs include:
- Artists and Artist-Educators
- Teachers and Teacher Candidates
- Arts Administrators
- Advocates of Arts Education
Local Community-Based Focus
The Canadian Network for Arts & Learning strives to connect and support diverse learning communities across the country. For each Eduarts Hub, The Network partners with a local organization or school to ensure that the Hub will be relevant and authentically meet the needs of the community.
We want to ensure that diverse voices from a variety of sectors within each community are heard and documented at every Hub. It is important that the sessions take place at a time of day when the majority of the community will be available to attend, and we look for guidance from our community partners on this and other aspects. The Hubs are free to attend and have an optimal number of 30 - 40 registrants to create an intimate setting that allows for maximum participation and interaction.
“Just a quick note to say thank you for the session last night. I really appreciated the opportunity to come together with art educators in our city and begin to unpack the frameworks in which we all work. There’s so much I still have to learn in the field of art education and teaching practices.”
- Hub Participant
What Happens During an Eduarts Hub?
Each Eduarts Hub lasts between 2.5 - 3 hours and is divided into three sections: professional development, networking and research.
For the first hour of every Hub, a local arts administrator or experienced artist-educator will guide attendees in developing new skills or sharing new developments about local arts and learning environments. The theme of the professional development session is suggested by our community partners and can include hands-on arts activities that teachers can lead with their students, or presentations about exciting local arts education initiatives, and more. We’ve even had an artist-educator lead a Bollywood dancing session!
After the professional development, we provide refreshments to give participants the opportunity to network, re-connect with peers, and discuss partnership and collaboration opportunities.
The final hour of each Hub is dedicated to The Network’s research initiatives. During this time, we divide attendees into focus groups to discuss the issues facing local arts and learning communities. These discussions help guide The Network in providing valuable tools to strengthen the arts education sector across Canada.
“Thanks so much for the informative event today. Lots to take away and I wish we had had more time. It is amazing how this mapping project may connect all of us.”
- Samara, Visual Arts Teacher, North Bay Hub participant
Our Research: Mapping Arts & Learning
The research sessions are a vital part of every Hub. Previous research resulted in The Network creating a handbook for assessing the impacts of arts and learning, as well as a research report on the state of arts and learning in Canada, and other resources.
Our current research is focuses on building an online map showing artist-educators, arts organizations, and arts education happening in schools and other academic institutions. Researching and building Canada’s Map of Arts & Learning is our most ambitious and exciting research project to date and will result in a valuable tool for strengthening arts and learning communities across the country. At our Hubs, we try to ensure that every participant appears on the map. Research gathered from Hub attendees is also vital in helping us guide and shape the functionality of the map.
Partnering with The Network
For an Eduarts Hub to be successful, we rely on well-established and motivated partners to serve as community connectors. We want the Hub to be as useful and relevant as possible for each unique culture in every region of the country. We look for input from our partners on:
- relevant and necessary topics for the professional development
- suggestions for local facilitators
- an appropriate venue and catering
Another thing we ask from our partners is help with building excitement and spreading the word to boost attendance at the Hubs. We have an extensive database of contacts, and combining our efforts with those of a local partner is a formula for a successful Eduarts Hub.
Once the details are confirmed, we take over the organizing, registration and administration. And we foot the bill too!
“It was really great working with your organization and the event was enjoyed by all.”
- Julie Tucker, Director of Public Programs and Advocacy, Arts Council Windsor and Region
Email Managing Director Jennifer Petrilli to bring an Eduarts Hub to your community.
The Ontario Eduarts Hub Series is supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.