RELEASE: ArtsSmarts projects funded in schools across Newfoundland and Labrador

Dec 21, 2021


December 21, 2021 (St. John’s, NL) – ArtsNL recently awarded $76,576 in grants to 14 schools across the province for ArtsSmarts for the 2021-22 school year.

This funding brings practicing artists into the classroom to help teachers and students integrate arts activities into all subject areas. This year, nearly one thousand students and 60 teachers will work with 22 different artists.

“Teachers and schools across the province use the ArtsSmarts Program to aid in the creation of greater crossover between the arts and other subject areas,” says Melanie Martin, Executive Director of ArtsNL. “These grants not only assist with building bridges between the arts and other areas of study—they also bring practising artists into classrooms across Newfoundland and Labrador who, in turn, use existing specific curriculum outcomes to encourage creative exploration and appreciation for the arts.”

The successful applicants for 2021-22 are:

Amalgamated Academy (Bay Roberts) $7,000
Elwood Elementary (Deer Lake) $3,506
Bishop Abraham (St. John’s) $4,148
Dunne Memorial Academy (St. Mary’s) $5,963
East Point Elementary (St. John’s) $3,234
École Sainte-Anne (La Grand’ Terre) $6,157
Horizon Academy (St. John’s) $6,799
Jakeman All Grade (Trout River) $7,000
Leary’s Brook Junior High School (St. John’s) $6,916
Mary Queen of Peace (St. John’s) $4,602
Pasadena Academy (Pasadena) $4,880
St. Edwards School (Conception Bay South) $7,000
St. Paul’s Intermediate (Gander) $4,410
Topsail Elementary (Conception Bay South) $4,960

ArtsSmarts in Newfoundland and Labrador is a partnership between ArtsNL, Equinor, and the Department of Education’s Cultural Connections Strategy. Cultural Connections seeks to increase the presence of cultural content in the school curriculum and foster links between the arts and school communities.

Since inception, the ArtsSmarts program itself has awarded over $2.6 million to projects involving all artistic disciplines province-wide. The program has invested in 1,454 artists who have worked with an estimated 9,3704 students and 4,702 teachers. More information on the ArtsSmarts program and the Equinor ArtsSmarts Scholarship can be found here.

Media Enquiries:
Charlene Jackson
Communications Officer, ArtsNL
[email protected]



The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council (now known as ArtsNL) is a non-profit Crown agency created in 1980 by The Arts Council Act. Its mission is to foster and promote the creation and enjoyment of the arts for the benefit of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. The Council is governed by a volunteer board of 13 appointed by government, reflecting regional representation of the province. This includes 10 professional artists who provide sectoral representation of the arts community; two community representatives (with an interest in the arts); and one representative of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation (non-voting). ArtsNL receives an annual allocation of $5 million from the Province to support a variety of granting programs, program delivery, office administration, and communications. It also seeks support from the public and private sector. It supports the following artistic disciplines: dance, film, multidiscipline, music, theatre, visual art, and writing.


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