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ArtsSmarts Program


Portage la Prairie


ArtsSmarts is a national program that brings artists, teachers, students and communities together within our schools and community groups through the expressive, visual and performing arts. We know that learning through the arts plays a part in building creative thinking, problem solving and team building skills. Arts education is a key to healthy vibrant communities where people will want to live, to play and to work. More information on the National program may be found on their website: www.artssmarts.ca


ArtsSmarts Portage is now being run by the Portage & District Arts Centre.

In May 2007, students were invited to create a mosaic brick with a Manitoba wildflower design. The resulting collection of 600 mosaic bricks have been installed in the "Plaza of Possibilities" located at the Portage Collegiate. The students studied the botanical flowers of Manitoba and came to the Arts Centre, prepared to create their designs from cut glass and apply them to the bricks. The "Brick Wildflower Mosaic Project" is a successful collaboration of artists, teachers, students and members of the community.

In 2008, students embarked on a banner making project. Each class studied a different topic related to Portage la Prairie, made preliminary designs, then transferred them to a 25 x 50 inch banner. About 20 banners in all were then hung in Heritage Square and the downtown parking lot.

The 2009 community project asked students to fashion a city block using recyclables. Along with several class projects, another glass mosaic pillar was also made to add to the "Plaza of Possibilities" at Portage Collegiate.

The 2010 community project is an installation of eighteen copper geese with a 6 foot wing span to be created in collaboration with professional artists and students from the Portage School Division.  These geese are now installed in the Atrium of the PCU Centre.

ArtsSmarts Projects


School/Organization

Ecole Crescentview

Fort la Reine School

North Memorial School

Victoria School

Yellowquill School

Yellowquill School

Brantwood School

Brennan School

Good Hope School

Ingleside School

Northern  Breeze School

Sunnyside School

Westroc School

Division Wide Project

North Memorial School

Community Project

Grade

Gr 3

K-8

Gr 1

K-6

Gr 7-8

Gr 6

K-8

Gr 1-8

K-8

K-8

Gr 1-7

K-8

K-8

K-9

K-4

all

Discipline

measuring, social studies

fitness

measurement

fiber arts/drama

drama

art & writing

leatherwork

art

multi media

art, measuring

choral work

theory & history

social studies

science

composition, culture

2006 - 2007

2007 - 2008

School/Organization

Agassiz Youth Centre

North Memorial

Oakville School

Brennan


Fort la Reine


La Verendrye

Ecole Arthur Meighen

Yellowquill


Brantwood


Good Hope

Norquay

Northern Breeze

Sommerfeld

Sunnyside


Community Project

Grade


K-6

K-8

K-8


K-6


K-6

K-6

K-6


K-8


K-8

K-8



K-8


all

Title

Peer Relations Comic Book

Stained Glass Mosaic

The Path to Our Future

Hutterites History in Glass

Mosaic

Creative Movement Around

the World-puppetry

Delight for Dancing

United We Soar - glass mosaic

A “Quill” of a Pillar - glass

mosaic

Ceramics

(from Casting to Finish)

Leather Tooling

Leather Works

Music Appreciation

Leather Works

Choral Music, Theory and

History

Banners - history, culture, social studies

Discipline

writing/illustrating

science

social studies

history, english


culture


dance

social studies

social studies


science


science, math

science, math

music

science, math

music, history


Professional Artist

Melissa Hart

Leta Owens

Leta Owens

Leta Owens


Judy Cook & Tasia Kozub


Heather Kerr

Leta Owens

None Available at this time


Sheree McLenehan


Jim Kirton

Jim Kirton

Margaret Sawatzky

Jim Kirton

Margaret Sawatzky


various

2008 - 2009

School/Organization

Fort LaReine School

Ecole Crescentview

Portage Collegiate Institute (life skills)

Brennan

YellowQuill

La Verendrye School

La Verendrye School

Community Project

Grade

Title

Digital Photography

Les marionettes and 

Clay


Photographing Our Community

A Quill of a Pillar

PCI Plaza Pillar

Tile Mosaic Entrance


Build a Community Block - recyclables, history

Discipline

history, research

history, science

science


history, research

Community Project

Community Project

mosaic

Professional Artist

Tod Andrich

Natalie Labossiere

Gabriele Neuschwander


Todd Andrich

Ruth Brownridge

Leta Owens

Leta Owens

various

2009 - 2010

School/Organization

La Verendrye

LaVerendrye

Brennan

Fort La Reine

Portage Collegiate

Community Project

Grade

Gr 3

Gr 5

K-8

K-6

Gr 12

all

Title

Fused glass masks

Mosaic for entry of school

Drawing

Mask/Puppet Making

Documentary

Copper Geese installation at PCU Centre -

history, sport, culture

Discipline

history, culture

research, history

nature

history, culture

film making

Professional Artist

Leta Owens

Leta Owens

Linda Picard

Jane McDonald

William Plenty

various

2010 - 2011

School/Organization

Yellowquill

Crescentview

Crescentview

North Memorial


Fort la Reine

LaVerendrye

LaVerendrye

Norquay

Brennen

Community Project

Grade

Gr 5

Gr 4

Gr 3-4

Gr 2-3


K-6

Gr 7

K-6

K-8

K-8

all

Title

Stepping Stones

Clay

Dance

Bug Boxes


Juggling & Jestix

Metal Sculpture

Drumming, African

Leatherwork

Glass Fusing

Copper Geese installation at PCU Centre -

completion of above

Discipline

math, measuring, design

science, math

music, counting, fitness

construction, math, painting

fitness, construction

construction, design

music, counting, culture

measuring, design

measuring, design

Professional Artist

Ruth Brownridge

Gabriele Neuschwander

Debbi Miles

Lyndsay Munro


Isaac Girardin

Jay Oswald

Evans Coffie

Jean McKenzie

Susan Klassen

various

Professional Artist

Leta Owens

Heather Kerr

Leta Owens

Jane MacDonald

MTYP

Ellie Petkau & Donna Gamache

Jim Kirton

Serena Maendel

Serena Maendel

Cathy Tully

Margaret Sawatzky

Margaret Sawatsky

Leta Owens

Leta Owens & Ruth Brownridge

Todd Andrich

Leta Owens/Ruth Brownridge

Title

Glass Mosaic Murals

Dance

Mosaic Birdbaths/Bird Feeders

Puppets

Just Add Water

Stories & Sand

Leather Tooling

Illustrating Technique

Illustrating

Sew Much Fun

Music

Choral Music

Glassworks

Manitoba Wildflower Mosaic

Visual Stories - photography

PCI outdoor installation - wild flower mosaic

2011 Art in the Moment


During ArtsSmarts month in the gallery school tours participated in an art exercise called “Art in the Moment”.  We collected about 35 file boxes with lids, each containing an odd assortment of items such as pipe cleaners, pasta, buttons, feathers, paper clips, dominos, crayons and sand.  Each box was a selection of some of the items.  A child was given a covered box and was to “create” a 3-dimensional collage in the lid of the box.   This “artful” display took about 5-10 minutes with the restriction of using only the items in the box.  Photographs of each creative momentary masterpiece and the creator were taken and added to the exhibit in the gallery.  Then the kids put all the items back in the boxes for the next class to try.  It was amazing how unique the “masterpieces” were, created by each child using the same materials in the box.

2011 - 2012

School/Organization

Yellowquill

Yellowquill

Portage Collegiate

Crescentview

Norquay Colony School

Portage Collegiate

Brennen

Fort la Reine


Portage Collegiate

Arthur Meighen

Oakville School

PCI

Community Project

Grade

Gr 5

Gr 9

Gr 10

K-4

K-12

Gr 9-12

K-12

K-8


Gr 10

Gr 5-8

Gr 6-8

Gr 9-12

all

Title

Garden Stones

Stained Glass

Scripting for Social Awareness

Dance Spring Musical

Leatherwork

Soap Stone Carving

Clay Work

African Dance & Drumming


Scripting for Social Awareness

Soap Stone Carving

Glass Fusing

Drama Writing

Canada Day - Chinese Lantern Project

Discipline

Professional Artist

Ruth Brownridge

Ruth Brownridge

Christopher Kitchen

Debbie Miles

Eugene Mckenzie

Michael Many Eagles

Gabriele Neuschwander

Joy Stoller &

Casimiro Nhussi

Christopher Kitchen

Michael Many Eagles

Leta Owens

Carolyn Gray

various

PDAC ArtsSmarts


The PDAC ArtsSmarts committee, formed in 2014, is comprised of members from the

Portage & District Arts Council and the general public. Its mandate is to ensure that the role of the arts in our community continues into the future and that these three components are kept alive:  Local Youth, Local Artists and Local Community Support.


To download the brochure click PDAC ArtsSmarts Brochure.pdf


For more information visit PDAC ArtsSmarts website at www.pdacartssmarts.org

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