ArtsSmarts is the largest education initiative in Canada dedicated to improving the lives and learning capacity of Canadian children by injecting arts into academic programs. The importance of engaging young people in artistic activity is critical to their evolution as creative thinkers. It is they who will soon be leading Canada's growth in terms of cultural, social and economic development.

In this province, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (AGNS) supports ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia.  With the generous support of Arts Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Department of Education, funding is made available to schools to support innovative arts-based learning.

The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia recognizes the support of Arts Nova Scotia. We are pleased to work in partnership with the province to develop and promote our cultural resources for all Nova Scotians.

2016-2017 ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia program:
The deadline for this year's Project Letters of Interest for the

2016-2017 school year is October 5, 2016.

Contact Information: our email address is kris.webster@novascotia.ca

                                        (Office hours are Tuesday - Thursday)

Application Procedure: Schools interested in receiving ArtsSmarts funding for a project are invited to submit a Project Letter of InterestClick here for guidelines for writing a Letter of Interest.

Schools are required to contribute 30 percent of the total cost of their project, and the maximum amount of ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia funding available for each project is $3,000.

New ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia Artist applications: new artists that are interested in working on 2015-2016 projects must submit an artist application by September 5, 2016 (one month prior to the Project Letter deadline).  Artists that are already listed with ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia do not need to reapply to the program.

AGNS exhibitions: travelling exhibitions are being planned for locations throughout the province, giving teachers the chance to bring their students to view original works of art.  In conjunction with their ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia projects, educators and artists of all disciplines have the opportunity to learn more about, and respond to, works of art from the Gallery’s collection, which features historical and contemporary paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, video and new media by some of the finest artists in the country.

Encounters with art can illicit a variety of creative responses; guided by ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia artists of all disciplines, students might paint, move to a beat, try on a stage character, invent their own music, improvise in a group or solo, or enjoy research.

Click here to learn more about the 2016-2017 exhibitions and their locations.

              For additional information, call the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia 902-424-6651  
                  Or e-mail kris.webster@novascotia.ca (Office hours are Tuesday - Thursday)