May 27, 2010
MEMRAMCOOK (CNB) - The importance of incorporating arts and culture into education was reaffirmed by Premier Shawn Graham and Education Minister Roland Haché at educational celebrations today at l'École communautaire Abbey-Landry in Memramcook.
"Identity-building and cultural development are essential to our children's learning and to the development of our communities," Graham said. "Through the establishment of the Table de concertation éducation, arts et culture and the launch of such initiatives as the Trousse du passeur culturel and Une école, un artiste, our government is helping to forge closer bonds between the schools and the artistic community of New Brunswick."
Explanations / translations:
The Table de concertation éducation, arts et culture brings together partners representing the community, institutions and the government to implement the Stratégie globale pour l'intégration des arts et de la culture dans la société acadienne au Nouveau-Brunswick (the global strategy for the integration of arts and culture into Acadian society in New Brunswick).
The Trousse du passeur culturel document is intended for schools as well as artistic, cultural and community organizations across Canada to enrich the cultural and artistic environment of francophone minority schools.
New Brunswick led this project for the participating provinces and territories and partner organizations, namely:
Une école, un artiste is funded by the provincial Department of Education and the federal Department of Canadian Heritage. About 10 schools hosted an artist in their educational activities last winter. The project is designed to support arts education in the schools and to incorporate the arts as a means of learning other school subjects such as math and science.
According to the premier, the last two initiatives are in line with the spirit of the Table de concertation, éducation, arts et culture and they reflect one of the fundamental elements of the Commission on Francophone Schools, which is to strengthen the students' attachment to the language and culture.
"With the Trousse du passeur culturel, principals of francophone schools in New Brunswick are better equipped than ever to act as leaders for identity-building in our schools, and through the Une école, un artiste project, we are awakening new passions in the students and developing their identity," Graham said. "I sincerely thank the entire artistic community for its important contribution to the project, without which it would not have been possible."
Haché underlined the importance placed by the provincial government since 2006 on integrating arts and culture into education.
"Our government is making identity-building one of its education priorities," he said. "We included it in our education plan, When Kids Come First, and since then we have been active with the États généraux des arts et de la culture dans la société acadienne du Nouveau-Brunswick (convention on arts and culture in New Brunswick's Acadian society) and the Stratégie globale.
"In the past year, with the formation of the Table de concertation éducation, arts et culture, the development of the Trousse du passeur culturel, and the Une école, un artiste pilot project, we have fostered identity building among our youth so they can contribute to the development of the French-speaking community and their province."
Carmen Gibbs, co-chair of the Table de concertation éducation, arts et culture and executive director of the Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick, welcomed the work accomplished so far toward incorporating arts and culture into Acadian and francophone schools in New Brunswick.
"The dynamism and association of the world of education with the arts and culture ensure better arts education through the arts," she said. "The school is an essential forum for learning and development for Acadians. It is a wonderful place to have artists in residence in a project such as Une école, un artiste. This initiative gives young people the chance to talk to professional artists as they are involved in their creative process and to meet with them in a way that ultimately demystifies the profession of artists."
The following partners are involved in the Table de concertation éducation, arts et culture:
MEDIA CONTACT: Johanne Le Blanc, communications, Department of Education, 506-453-3085.