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General · 4th May 2011
Quadra Elementary PAC
Quadra Elementary School and the Quadra Elementary Parents Advisory Council (PAC) are inviting applicants for the 2011-2012 year to submit proposals for an Artists in Residence grant.

At its core, an in-school artist residency is a creative partnership between artist, teacher and students, taking place right in the classroom. The school will be applying for a grant from the Art Starts Foundation that will help fund a school wide project for the year.

Criteria
Artists should be able relate well to young people and have the ability to discuss and demonstrate their art with ease. A suitable practicing artist should be able to:
• show strong examples of their work
• provide a Curriculum Vitae detailing their history of public presentation
• provide references or referees
• be able to communicate their ideas clearly
• show a commitment to working with young people
• have a criminal record check.

Any artist who possesses these qualities can be a successful artist in residence. To be eligible he or she must be a professional artist, defined as someone who has completed specialized training in an arts practice (not necessarily in an academic institution), is recognized as such by his/her peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition), and who has a history of public presentation, exhibition or publication.

Project application
Please submit a brief outline of your past experience as a professional artist and your experience working with children. Include as well a very brief description of your project.
• Projects should take place during school hours with students in kindergarten through grade 12.
• Projects should integrate across the curriculum and not aim to teach the arts curriculum.
• Requests for support must be for hands-on classroom activities not to bring an artist in to perform at a school.

Some past projects
Creative Connections: Highlights of this exhibition include a series of colourful banners that reveal the importance of honeybees to our ecosystems; hand-drawn cartoons depicting the cultural histories of families on Vancouver Island, and stories of compassion, inspired by the Dalai Lama, told through photography and poetry.

Regional Voices: Highlights include interpretations of local flora in the Kootenays; an examination of community by students on Vancouver Island; an exploration of eco-awareness through banners from Northern youth; and a series of photographs that examine the personal journeys of Aboriginal young people in urban Vancouver.

People in our Neighbourhood: This heart-warming exploration of community is revealed through a series of portraits created by young people from Vancouver to Wells using paint, printmaking and clay. Inner city students in Vancouver got to know the people they meet each day through interviews and photography culminating in vivid, acrylic portraits while students in Kelowna created whimsical banners reflecting local symbols for the annual Fat Cat Festival. A wall of clay masks, created by students, who studied Canadian personalities, reflects the rich character of the human face.

Please submit applications to Quadra Elementary care of Greg Haines, Principal, by May 20.