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The Integrated Arts

Storyteller_JamieOliviero.jpgThe Integrated Arts Program (TIA) facilitates the collaboration of professional artists with classroom teachers to provide Early Years students with experiences that infuse the arts with academic curricular concepts.

The program has become an integral part of engaging Early Years school programming as it focuses on the process of learning about and through the Arts (Visual Arts, Drama, Music and Dance). Inviting artists from all walks of life, cultures and artistic backgroundsto work with students gives them the opportunity to take part in exciting workshops that expose them to many different art forms and genres. 

All students from Kindergarten to Grade 5 experience TIA programming that has been carefully chosen and organized by their classroom teachers. The program also supports field trip opportunities for schools to visit venues such as The Manitoba Theatre for Young People to enjoyDrumming_FubukiDaiko.jpg age-appropriate events and performances.

Funds from The Integrated Art program has also helped to bring authentic Indigenous drums and rattles into Early Year classrooms. It has also helped to bring the Spirit Bear book series and movie into classrooms. 

The Integrated Arts program is a great example of how the St. James-Assiniboia School Division supports the Arts and understands the importance of the Arts in student success and wellness. The program is a true example of educating the whole child and nurturing the talents and strengths of all students.

(Top tw​o images​): Storyteller Jamie Oliviero; And Drumming by Fubuki Daiko​.​


(From left): The Spirit Bear book series and movie. On May 10, students will dress a white Spirit Bear as part of Bear Witness Day, to honour the memory of Jordan River Anderson through the full and proper implementation of Jordan's Principle. Beautiful drums and rattles created by drum maker William Compton for music rooms. In 2023, Knowledge Keepers NorthStar and Buffalo Bill introduced Early Years music specialists to the proper care and feasting of the drums, how the drums were made, and taught staff ceremonial drumming songs.​

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