Artist-in-Residence: Virtual and In-Community

Arts Commons believes it is important to bring quality arts-based experiences to schools during the pandemic. With social distancing in mind, Arts Commons is working with its talented roster to bring programming virtually to your classroom or Hub online classroom. Learn more about the artists and workshop offerings below.

Arts Commons continues to offer Artist-in-Residencies in-schools and in-community (outdoors). Custom designed to support your curriculum, residencies can be designed to suit individual classes to school-wide, multi-day experiences.

This program brings artists to schools for customized, curricular themed projects engaging students and teachers in multidisciplinary, arts-based learning. Visual art, drama, dance, music can be combined into a single day or multi-day project. Highly customizable in scale, the education team will work with individual requests to design and plan your artist-in-residence experience.

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Arts Healing and Wellness/Teaspoon of Light
Jenny Peters 

Jenny Peters is the Education Associate at Arts Commons. She is also a specialist in dance and drama for early learners and loves to incorporate movement into any curriculum.

The Teaspoon of Light virtual artist-in-residence is designed for grade K-4, and immerses children in storytelling, movement, visual journalling and poetry through two, hour long interactive virtual classes. Available for teachers working in distance education. Learn more about this lesson plan here.  

Arts Commons Education team is proud to champion Te Rito Toi, and internationally renowned teacher resource dedicated to Arts Healing and Wellness.


Arts Healing and Wellness/Teaspoon of Light
Jennifer Roberts  

Jen Roberts in the Education Coordinator at Arts Commons. She is also a poet, playwright, actor and clown, and available for virtual or in-community sessions for all grades in these disciplines. 

The Teaspoon of Light virtual artist-in-residence is designed for grade K-4, and immerses children in storytelling, movement, visual journalling and poetry through two, hour long interactive virtual classes. Available for teachers working in distance education. Learn more about this lesson plan here.  

Arts Commons Education team is proud to champion Te Rito Toi, and internationally renowned teacher resource dedicated to Arts Healing and Wellness. 


Blackfoot Language & Storytelling
Shirley Hill 

Shirley shares some of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) teachings from Indigenous knowledge keepers through dance, craftwork and beading. 

An experience early childhood educator, she often brings her sidekick, Lemon the Bear, to engage students through play. Shirley has dance, storytelling and craftwork sessions for all grade levels.  

Comic Books & Drawing
Mike Hooves

Students love comic books and graphic novels, and these can be great tools of literacy for young people. Mike ensures that all students, whether they already draw or not, are set-up for a successful exploration of character, storytelling, and visual communications. Excellent resource for visual journalling.  


Indigenous Arts 
Chantal Chagnon

Chantal is a Cree Ojibwe Métis artist whose work with schools span all grades and disciplines. She offers a variety of workshops including Medicine Wheel Teachings, Drumming, Song and Storytelling, Métis Fingerweaving, and Land Based Learning 


Music Education with CPO 
Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

The Calgary Philharmonic is providing schools with engaging and dynamic music experiences during the pandemic, in different formats.

Connect with CPO at online.

Physical Theatre, Mime and Puppetry 
Dean Bareham

Exploring curriculum through non-verbal storytelling is both fun and gets students moving. Puppets can be made with simple materials and ignite play based education for all grades. Dean Bareham is a founding member of Green Fools Theatre and has taught all over the world through social circus programs 


Streetdance & Hip Hop
Tara Wilson 

Streetdance & Hip Hop engage students in physical literacy while connecting them to social, cultural and community connections foundational to these dance styles. Explore curriculum about identity, community & social justice, or give students a fun, accessible body break. Tara is a founding director of Pulse Studios and a foundational artist in the YYC Hip Hop community. 


Fabric Collage, Land-based Art Making & Visual Journalling 
Ewa Sniatycka

The visual arts is a great way to have students thinking through their hands while developing fine motor skills and new ways of knowing. Ewa engages students of all grades in textile explorations as well as land-based art making. She also works with visual journalling to encourage noticing, critical thinking and creativity to support literacy on all levels. 

Line & Social Dance

DandoDance has been working with schools for over 10 years teaching partnership & line dance to students in Elementary, Jr. High and High Schools. They are pioneers of Salsa in Canada. They regularly teach Latin, Country and Ballroom in schools as part of Jr. High and High School Physical Education curriculum encouraging inquiry about culture and community & global connections


Bollywood & Bolly Bhangra
Sparq Productions

Bollywood & Bolly Bhangra with Sparq Productions – Sparq Productions is led by Tania Lemos and Vishal Malpuria from the Bollywood film industry. Both Tania and Vishal bring over 30 years of collective experience as choreographers, directors and educators. Their work supports exploration in global citizenship, culture, and community as students experience these popular Asian dance styles.





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