The “Youth on the Radar” program, which involves working with adolescent youth of the greater Spryfield community, is now entering a new phase of programming and we are having our eyes set to the Supreme Court as the new site for mural art installation. The first installations are now part of “Nocturne” and the Provincial Court house will open its doors to the public on October 16.
The Arts Express Program was established specifically for youth in the schools and community feeding into J.L.Ilsley High School in Spryfield order to allow for a stronger arts support within this unique family of schools. The program has been strongly supported by HRM, HRSB, the DOE and local councilors and MLAs over the past 5 years and has the following mandate:
- Direct support for existing arts programs and development of new arts initiatives.
- Coordination of arts partnerships between schools and community.
- Access on external sources of funding through available arts grants to enrich school and classrooms programs, as well as arts scholarships for disadvantaged kids as well as gifted students.
- Emphasis on ‘prevention and intervention’ by creating intensive arts initiatives for students with diverse learning styles and those who are otherwise disengaged from our public schools.
The full time position of Arts Express Coordinator is being funded through supplementary and discretionary moneys by HRSB and centers around developing a network of connections among schools, community arts organizations, universities, local artists, social agencies, HRM and corporate giving programs, classroom teachers, visual arts teachers and the provincial Department of Education. Arts Express is collaborative by nature.