We're pleased to partner with a number of organizations offering in-school, virtual and/or onsite programming that our funding can be used to support. Explore the organizations below to continue to bring experiential learning to your students!
Carousel Players is Niagara’s oldest theatre for young audiences company. The company was created in 1972 to bring performances and drama education into elementary schools so that all students, regardless of socio-economic background, have the opportunity to experience the joy and benefits of live theatre. Carousel Players’ touring shows travel across the Niagara, Hamilton-Wentworth, Halton, and Brant Regions to bring performances to students in their school gymnasium – no need for a bus! These live performances for students in JK through Grade 8 are presented for up to 250 children per show. All bookings include classroom resources to extend the educational benefit of the performances.
See what Carousel Players has on tour this year here: carouselplayers.com/the-season
Freeze Frame is Manitoba’s Media Arts Centre for Young People. The Centre is a not-for-profit and charitable organization, offering workshops and programs throughout the year, and organizes the International Film Festival for kids of all ages each spring. Workshops offered online or in-person include: Animation (ages 5-18), which focuses on the creation of an animated film using plasticine, paper, miscellaneous objects, or a pixelation technique; Film Production (ages 10-18) that allows students to explore and learn the visual language of documentaries, feature films and music videos, as well as different formats and camera techniques; and Optical Toys (ages 4-9) helping kids to gain a fundamental understanding of how to animate an image by building historic animated toys used in the early 19th century.
Learn more: freezeframeonline.org
HTYP honours the imaginations of audiences of all ages and endeavours to ignite the unlimited capacity of youth for empathy and an understanding of diverse human experience. We encourage critical thinking through the development of educational materials and workshops that explore each production’s more complex and challenging themes. Our dynamic productions and strong focus on working with playwrights to develop relevant and stimulating plays for young audiences help inspire a lifelong love of theatre and the shared experience of artistic expression.
Learn more: halifaxtheatreforyoungpeople.com
The Manitoba Children’s Museum exists to spark kids’ creative learning. As a non-profit charitable organization, we believe in the potential of all children and provide an interactive learning environment that nurtures the power of imagination and spirit of self-discovery. We’re pleased to offer a variety of hands-on, Manitoba curriculum-linked educational school programs for Preschool to Grade 5 that encourage students to use their creativity, imagination, and critical thinking skills. We also design special programs to accompany our temporary exhibitions and special events. All of our educational programs are available in English, French, Basic French, or Immersion.
Learn more: childrensmuseum.com
MTYP is one of the largest theatres in Canada dedicated solely to children’s theatre and education. The company operates a Theatre School where over 1,500 children and teens learn the art and craft of theatre and related disciplines. Our Native Youth Theatre program offers free classes in theatre and related disciplines to Winnipeg’s Indigenous youth. Here are some examples of workshops offered: Creative Drama (Preschool-Grade 6): A fun and encouraging introduction to drama. This workshop empowers students’ imagination and self-expression through games, movement exercises and story theatre. Improv Power (Grades 3-12): Students experience the thrill and total freedom of creating theatre without a script while developing skills in communication, listening and teamwork.
Learn more: www.mtyp.ca/
Quest Theatre is a touring theatre company for young audiences based in Calgary, Alberta. Quest’s superpower is encouraging the organic, ridiculous, and brilliant creative journeys of young people! It’s at the heart of everything we do! Quest's theatre-making Artists in School program uses developmental drama to explore the creative process and celebrate creations of the whole school community. Passionate, professional, and mature artists follow where students lead as they springboard from found material or chosen themes to make original class performances that are woven into a school wide production by the end of the week. Quest Theatre's professional productions are appropriately and responsibly created for young people with meaningful, relevant, learning outcomes in mind. Each show is supported with a professionally prepared study guide, to help young people explore who they are, discover the world around them and build the kind of world they want to live in.
Roots of Empathy is an international children's charity founded by social entrepreneur, educator and author, Mary Gordon. The Roots of Empathy program, with a history of 25 years, operates in every Province in Canada in English, French and Indigenous communities reaching nearly 1 million children. Two decades of research have proven that children who participated in the Program show reduced levels of aggression and bullying and increased levels of prosocial behavior like caring, sharing, including and helping.
Learn more about Roots of Empathy programming here.
Roseneath Theatre is a touring theatre company for Young Audiences. We bring our plays to school gymnasiums and auditoriums throughout Ontario. Our plays support cultural literacy, address specific curriculum expectations and promote character and values education. All performances have study guides created by respected educators in subject-related fields that provide activities and discussion questions relating to the performance. Roseneath is dedicated to helping our children learn in these unusual times, to grow into young adults and make responsible socially informed decisions in the new normal we’re building together - so we are offering virtual workshops! We are working towards virtual and social-distanced solutions to bring our performances to schools across Ontario in the 2020/2021 season.
Prologue Performing Arts is a not-for-profit charitable organization with over 55 years of experience facilitating opportunities for young people to discover the performing arts in their schools and communities across Ontario by connecting them to a diverse range of performances and workshops. We support the works of 37 professional artist companies, 21 of whom conduct virtual performances. They deliver engaging and impactful performances in a wide range of disciplines such as drama, music, spoken word, storytelling, puppetry, and dance - as well as in French and Bilingual formats! Each artist connects with certain curriculum themes and can support ongoing educational needs in the classroom. To find out more about how Prologue artists can enhance the performing arts in your classroom or community, please visit the following link for more details: www.prologue.org.
The Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame is dedicated to recognizing sport excellence, preserving sport history, and educating the public about the role of sport in Saskatchewan’s cultural fabric. The Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame offers interactive attractions that help visitors young and old engage with sport history. The STEM Interactive Gallery, sponsored by SaskTel, also educates visitors about the science of sport. The SSHF educates students province-wide through in-person and virtual programming. This includes in-person school tours, virtual tours, our Never Give Up outreach program and our Creating Active Champions summer program. There are currently 527 individuals and teams installed in the Hall of Fame. Collectively they represent 52 different sports and almost 150 communities throughout Saskatchewan.
Learn more about Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame programs here.
TELUS Spark Science Centre is one of the largest science centres in Canada located in Calgary, Alberta, and exists to entertain people of all ages in creative encounters with science and technology. Through visits to Spark, and encounters with Spark in the community, people feel lifted up by the positive power of curiosity, experimentation and problem-solving. Spark has a diverse array of offerings for schools in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art, and math. These include virtual programs transporting students to places that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to access such as a surgery theatre, Banff National Park, and more through our award-winning ‘Direct From’ series. Also included is our semester-long opportunity for students to build, iterate on with feedback from real life experts, and share their very own science centre exhibits in DIY Science Centre.
For more information, visit:vhttps://www.sparkscience.ca/schools/school-programs
TELUS World of Science – Edmonton’s award-winning school programs support our mission to ignite curiosity, inspire discovery, celebrate science, and change lives. We have been engaging Albertans’ hearts and minds in science since 1984, and have inspired generations of curious minds to explore. Our school programs use strong Alberta curriculum connections, supporting teachers in inspiring their students to further scientific inquiry. TELUS World of Science – Edmonton also has a suite of programs to support science learning from Indigenous perspectives. School programs can take the form of in-person visits, virtual programming, our physical outreach to Alberta communities.
For more information, visit: https://telusworldofscienceedmonton.ca/educators/
The Travelling Stage provides curriculum based dance, drama and music enrichment to 36+ school boards across Canada both in person and virtually via live synchronous remote programming. The Travelling Stage works in educational partnership with the Toronto District School Board, the Girl Guides of Canada, the Mini Pop Kids, the YMCA, the Boys & Girls Club and Mirvish Productions. All of our teachers are professional singers, dancers, choreographers, directors, actors and writers, who have a passion for sharing their craft with young people. All Travelling Stage faculty carry current vulnerable sector screenings.
Learn more: www.travellingstage.com
Now entering its 44th season, Theatre Direct Canada is one of the country’s leading theatres for young audiences whose award-winning productions have reached audiences in schools and theatres across Canada and the world. Their mission is to innovate in form and style as we experiment with digitally integrated, immersive, audience-driven and site-specific work that activates the imaginations and aspirations of young people by inviting them to join in! Their programming to schools this fall includes the virtual play Eraser: A New Normal that follows the lives of six elementary students as they navigate their way through this unprecedented time in the world.
Learn more: www.theatredirect.ca
Young People’s Theatre is North America’s oldest – and Canada’s largest – professional producer and presenter of theatre for young audiences. With this season's new online drama-based programming, YPT continues to support the needs of educators and students, creating innovative opportunities for online learning. Exclusively online, the fall programming will feature drama programs designed to connect with young audiences virtually everywhere. With fresh initiatives and brand new live-stream facilities, YPT will deliver theatre experiences directly to young people at home, at school and in the community, along with resources to support parents and teachers as they navigate this virtual world.
Learn more: www.youngpeoplestheatre.org/schools/
The Kenauk Institute is a nonprofit charitable organization on the property of Kenauk in Montebello, Quebec, Canada. Kenauk is one of the largest private nature reserves in North America, encompassing 65,000 acres of forest and more than 60 lakes. Its mission is to support, coordinate and supervise scientific research, connect Kenauk with the broader community, and involve local schools in environmental education.
The Kenauk Institute offers educational programs for local schools, with lessons and activities focused on every group’s needs. Potential lessons and activities include: hiking, kayaking, wilderness survival, ecology, local flora and fauna, sustainable forestry, conservation management, and the opportunity to experience scientific research with real hands on data collection. This is an opportunity for students to get out of the classroom and into the outdoors; by combining environmental learning with time outside and play, we hope to fuel a curiosity and passion for the environment while giving students valuable knowledge and skills.
For more information, please visit: Wilderness Research | Kenauk Institute (institutkenauk.org)