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Arts and Culture Infused Curriculum

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Cultural Connections Strategy allows teachers throughout the province to apply for professional development in and through the arts and heritage.

A key program in this initiative is the Arts and Culture Infused Curriculum (ACIC) program, which allows a teacher to work with an artist or tradition bearer to use their expertise to enhance the school curriculum and offer a professional development experience in the arts and/or heritage for the teacher of any school subject. More information on the ACIC can be found here.

To assist teachers in finding qualified artists and tradition bearers for their projects in their local areas, the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District (NLESD) is seeking artists who are interested in working with K-12 teachers and students.

When discussing an ACIC project with teachers, please note the following ACIC program information:

Maximum grant: $2385

Maximum artist fee: $1625 for 19 hours in-class time and 6 hours planning/professional development instruction with a teacher

Maximum for arts materials: $300

Maximum for ground transportation: $200

Please note: Completing this survey does not guarantee you will be selected to work on an ACIC project with a teacher. It does indicate that you are willing to be contacted by a teacher should he/she be planning a project in an arts or heritage area in which you have expertise. You are also permitted to contact a teacher who you think would like to work with you on a project, but please note that the teacher must submit the application.

The link to submit your information if you wish to allow teachers to contact you is here.

Call for applicants – Dancer in Residence

Dancer in Residence


Memorial University of Newfoundland invites applications for a Dance Residency for six weeks in the Fall 2014 Semester, subject to funding approval. The position is intended to honour new and established dancers of any genre whose creative work demonstrates a high level of artistic achievement. During the residency, the candidate will work on his or her artistic/scholarly projects while making time available to members of the dance community both within and outside Memorial. The resident will be given the opportunity to interact with dance community in a variety of ways: workshops, performances, consultations, presentations, etc.

This unique residency will encompass two weeks on the Grenfell campus in Corner Brook (in partnership with the Division of Fine Arts), two weeks at Gros Morne National Park (in partnership with Creative Gros Morne), and two weeks on the St. John’s campus (in partnership with the MMaP Research Centre and the School of Music). The residency is also made possible with the support of DanceNL.

We seek movers with a high level of creativity and the ability to articulate their artistic vision both within and outside the academic community. Dancers wishing to be considered for the position are asked to provide a letter of application and a curriculum vitae no later than February 15, 2014. Remuneration for the position, if funding is approved, will be approximately $10,000. Written or electronic applications should be addressed to:

Memorial University is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from qualified women and men, visible minorities, aboriginal people and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian and permanent residents will be given priority.

From the NLAC: Arts Grant Writing Workshop



Arts Grant Writing

St. John’s

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

2:30pm to 4:30pm

LSPU Hall, Cox & Palmer Second Space


Grant writing workshop for individual artists, groups, not-for-profit arts organizations, interested in applying to the Professional Project Grants Program for the March 18, 2014 deadline.


For more information:

Phone: 726-2212 or long distance toll free 1-866-726-2212 (NL Only)





Joshua Jamieson
Communications Officer
Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council
1 Springdale Street
P.O. Box 98
St. John’s, NL  A1C 5H5

Tel: (709) 726-2212
Toll Free: 1(866) 726-2212 (NL only)
Fax:(709) 726-0619

Yes I Dance Survey

There’s an exciting study mapping dance in Canada – all dance – that has been launched by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. This is a unique opportunity to draw a complete picture of dance in Canada to which we each can contribute. The study is designed to better understand the diversity of dancers and dances practiced in Canada.

All dancers, choreographers and teachers over 16 years of age are invited to participate.

Use this link to the survey. There’s also this short video about the survey for you to share.

This survey is a vital part of the Canada Dance Mapping Study. The results of this survey will be shared with the public through the Canada Council web site, and profiles of various dance forms will also be made available on the interactive map of dance.

We support this work and we hope you will take 10 minutes to fill in the survey. Let’s make our voices heard. Be counted and pass it on!

NLAC: New deadline for 2014 Atlantic Public Arts Funders Creative Residency

November 19, 2013 (St. John’s, NL) – The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council (NLAC) announced some new details for the upcoming 2014 Creative Residency, which is run in conjunction with Atlantic Public Art Funders (APAF) partners: New Brunswick Arts Board (artsnb), Arts Nova Scotia, and the Prince Edward Island Council of the Arts.

For the second year of the program, January 31, 2014 will be the new deadline for interested applicants in Newfoundland and Labrador. The program contact individual will also change to Donna Roberts, Labrador Cultural Outreach Officer.

“We have had a very positive pilot year with this program and as well as some excellent feedback,” said Reg Winsor, executive director of the NLAC. “I have every confidence that we will continue to receive high quality, creative applications for the year ahead. Donna’s experience as the NLAC program officer responsible for the Professional Artist Travel Fund and Labrador Cultural Travel Fund makes her an ideal point of contact for artists applying to this residency.”

Artists from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador can apply for up to $10,000 to cover a one-to-three month residency for a creation-based or professional development project in a province that isn’t their own.

The exchange is on a rotating basis. For 2014, New Brunswick artists can apply for residency opportunities in Newfoundland and Labrador and vice versa. Prince Edward Island artists can apply for residency opportunities in Nova Scotia and vice versa.

The agreement established an annual exchange program that provides professional artists with opportunities for creation and professional development residencies in the participating provinces. Artists participating in this program enjoy complete autonomy and define the objectives of their period of residence and elaborate the parameters and conditions governing its realization in collaboration with an arts or community organization in the territory where the period of residence is to take place.

For more information on this program, please visit

Media enquiries:

Joshua Jamieson

Communications Officer

Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council

Phone: (709) 726-2212 ext. 203

Toll free: 1 (866) 726-2212 (NL only)


The NLAC is a non-profit Crown agency created in 1980 by The Arts Council Act. Its mission is to foster and promote the creation and enjoyment of the arts for the benefit of all Newfoundlanders and LabradoriansThe Council is governed by a volunteer board of 13 appointed by government, reflecting regional representation of the province. This includes 10 professional artists who provide sectoral representation of the arts community; one community representative (with an interest in the arts); one business representative (with an interest in the arts); and one representative of the Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation (non-voting). The NLAC receives an annual contribution of $2.1 million from the Province to support a variety of granting programs, program delivery, office administration, and communications. It also seeks support from the public and private sector. It supports the following artistic disciplines: dance, film, multidiscipline, music, theatre, visual art, and writing.


Joshua Jamieson
Communications Officer
Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council
1 Springdale Street
P.O. Box 98
St. John’s, NL  A1C 5H5

Tel: (709) 726-2212
Toll Free: 1(866) 726-2212 (NL only)
Fax:(709) 726-0619


Arts 308

The Canadian Arts Coalition has issued a call to action for all arts advocates.

In the lead-up to the next budget, we are trying to talk to all 308 Members of Parliament. You can get involved by talking to your MP or contacting them over social media.

Read more about the initiative, and find all the resources you’ll need, here:


Social Media

Meeting Documents

From the NLAC – AN UPDATE: Visiting Artists Program

The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council regrets to announce the suspension of the Visiting Artists Programfor the 2013-14 school year due to a reduction in the Arts in Education budget. Should funding be replenished in future, a call for applications will be made.


The School Touring Program and ArtsSmarts are operating normally. Individuals are reminded of the upcomingNovember 22, 2013 deadline for ArtsSmarts.


Any individuals with questions are invited to contact Ken Murphy, Program Manager at the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council.


Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council

Phone: (709) 726-2212 or 1 (866) 726-2212 (toll free NL only)

Fax:  (709) 726-0619

Office Location: The Newman Building, 1 Springdale Street, St. John’s, NL

P.O. Box 98, St. John’s, NL A1C 5H5

NL Moves with Ainsley Dicks

NL Moves with Ainsley DicksNL Moves kicks off its new season with free Debke workshop

When: Saturday September 28 from 3pm-5pm

Where: LSPU Hall Second Space, 3 Victoria Street, St. John’s


DanceNL is proud to present the first NL Moves of the 2013-14 season – all are welcome to participate in this free Debke workshop with Ainsley Dicks.

Debke is a folk dance that’s done by people of all ages in Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Jordan, and Iraq. The movements consist mainly of steps, hops, kicks, and stomps, and dancers follow a leader in a line or a circle. This proud and joyful dance is done at weddings, parties, plays, and even social protests.

Ainsley Dicks will be leading this free workshop in association with the Resource Centre for the Arts and Culture Days. All are welcome to participate, free of charge. Dancers should wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Pants are preferable to skirts.

NL Moves is a monthly workshop series by DanceNL designed to expose the general public to many different dance genres while promoting wellness and physical activity. NL Moves workshops are led by DanceNL members and highlight some of the amazing work and skills of the dancers and movers of the province. NL Moves workshops are happening every month throughout Newfoundland until April 2014.

DanceNL is Newfoundland and Labrador’s first sectoral dance association. DanceNL’s mandate is “to preserve, promote and support all forms of dance and dance activities throughout the province.” Formed in 2009, DanceNL is working towards forging connections between dance professionals and enthusiasts across Newfoundland and Labrador, generating relevant programs and initiatives and promoting and gaining recognition for the province’s rich, varied and vibrant dance scene.

Ainsley Dicks has studied the dances of the Middle East for over a decade, training with expert instructors from around the world, including Ranya Renée, Morocco of New York, Mahmoud Reda, and Reyhan Tuzsuz. She taught Middle Eastern dance through Yale University’s recreation program for three years and served as an instructor and choreographer for the Yale Belly Dance Society for six. Ainsley is eager to share the beautiful dances of the Middle East with the Newfoundland community.

Check us out here as well:

Culture Days


For more information please contact:
Sharon King-Campbell
Project Administrator, DanceNL