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Partnerships between professional artists and schools in Manitoba.

Sagkeeng Anicinabe High School

Sister Dorothy at Sagkeeng Anicinabe High School

Artist in the Schools residency program
September – April, 2013

Over the past 15 years the Sagkeeng Anicinabe High School has brought musician and songwriter , Sister Dorothy to their community. Over the years she has worked with the students to create 2 CDs and music videos of songs written in both English and Ojibwe.

In September 2013, Sister Dorothy began a 10 week Artists in the Schools residency with 30 senior students taking drama and music classes. Over the course of the school year, Sister Dorothy worked with students to create a musical in Objibwae.…

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Margaret Shaw-MacKinnon at Minnewasta School

Margaret Shaw-MacKinnon at Minnewasta School

Artists in the Schools Residency Program
April 29 – May 3, 2013

The K-2 students at Minnewasta School had a fun-filled week with writer Margaret Shaw-MacKinnon exploring storytelling, writing, dramatic theatre, and drawing.

Each class worked collectively to brainstorm a story, create characters, and write and illustrate their own book. Margaret began class by reading from her book Pod, the Wood Elf, and followed up with an art activity called Illustrating Emotions.

The writing and illustrating lessons and the skills learned through the project were related to the classes’ Social Studies curricula, and will tie into other student projects in the classroom throughout the year.…

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Hugh John Macdonald School

Ursula Neufeld & Annie Bergen at Hugh John Macdonald School

Artists in the Schools Residency Program
January 17 – April 19, 2012

Hugh John Macdonald School sits at the corner of Bannatyne Avenue and Kate Street in Winnipeg’s culturally rich inner city. As part of the ArtsSmarts program, and with major funding from the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Medicine, Ursula Neufeld (mosaic artist) and Annie Bergen (visual artist) worked with Hugh John Macdonald School to create a 40-foot by eight-foot high mixed-media mural.

“I think this mural is a great thing to have in this neighbourhood. It has lots of teachings, it’s multicultural and it’s very beautiful.…

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Inglis School

KC Adams at Inglis School

Artists in the Schools Residency Program
October 24 – 28, 2011

Visual artist KC Adams spent a week at Inglis School in the township of Inglis, home of the National historic site of the Inglis Elevators, teaching students in grades K-8 how to work with clay and create pots reminiscent of the Indigenous pots found in the Interlake region.

The 55 students explored the techniques of hand building, sculpting, carving, firing, and painting. They embellished their pots with designs inspired by the Anishinabe’s Grandfather Teachings, commonly referred to as the Seven Teachings. During her workshop, KC shared with the students the meaning behind the Seven Teachings and the historical context of the pots they were working on.…

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Lord Nelson School

Bud Gillies at Lord Nelson School

Artists in the Schools Residency Program
November 28 to December 16, 2011

Visual artist Bud Gillies, spent 3 weeks working with students in Grades K – 6 from Lord Nelson School in Winnipeg’s North End. The students worked to create a tile mural installation to celebrate the school’s 100years of educating children in the North End.

426 students worked together on an installation focusing on the events that happened throughout 1912 – 2012. Each classroom was assigned a decade to focus on immigration and the social political climate of the time. The goal of this project was to increase the students’ understanding of human rights, in particular children’s rights, and to achieve a better understanding of how to work as a team.…

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