RELEASE: School Touring Program grants announced

Dec 21, 2021


December 21, 2021 (St. John’s, NL) – ArtsNL has awarded $117,788 in grants to six tours via the School Touring Program (STP) for the 2021-22 school year.

The School Touring Program provides grants to practicing artists, groups, and not-for-profit arts organizations working in a variety of artistic disciplines to bring high-quality artistic performances and workshops, which enhance or support various aspects of the school curriculum.

“Tours funded through the School Touring Program are developed and refined by artists who work closely with schools to ensure a unique and engaging experience for students,” says Melanie Martin, Executive Director of ArtsNL. “This program helps students across Newfoundland and Labrador gain access to artistic experiences that explore culture through the lends of existing specific curriculum outcomes. This approach also encourages early development and appreciation of the arts.”

The School Touring Program is a partnership between ArtsNL and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Department of Education’s Cultural Connections Strategy. This program seeks to increase the presence of cultural content in the school curricula and foster links between the arts and school communities.

The recipients for 2021-22 are:

Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra $20,000
RCA Theatre $20,000
Soundbone Traditional Arts Foundation $20,000
Jamie Skidmore $18,888
Fergus O’Byrne and Jim Payne $19,475
Daniel Fuchs $19,425


Media Enquiries:
Charlene Jackson
Communications Officer
[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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