The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is expanding access to its Artists in Education (AIE) program to include Francophone Cultural Centres. Until now this program only supported professional artists working with students in classroom settings. Now, French-speaking artists may also work with children and youth in Francophone cultural and community centres.“Opening up this program to allow francophone cultural and community centres to participate will not only respond to the growing demand but will increase arts opportunities for French-speaking kids who may not have access to the arts in other parts of their lives,” said François Boivin, Acting Francophone Arts Officer.
Professional artists working in this field often work in multidisciplinary ways and develop projects that may be completely new to the young people involved. Artists have led activities such as creating stop-motion animations, composing and recording original music, making glass mosaic murals, designing and making batique paintings, and many more.