ConocoPhillips Hub for Inspired Learning

ConocoPhillips Hub for Inspired Learning program at Arts Commons is entering its 5th year of engaging students beyond the classroom.

Partnering with Campus Calgary Open Minds, Arts Commons hosts school classes from Grades 1-6 for a week of on-site learning and arts integrated inquiry. The ConocoPhillips Hub for Inspired Learning provides expertise and unique theatre, dance, musical and visual arts experiences to enrich curriculum + explore a "big question".  Teachers gain valuable professional development that they can employ in their classroom beyond the Hub. The students use journaling to record their observations and questions.  A classroom of students will be immersed in the Arts Commons atmosphere for a full week, learning in different locations around the buildings' many theatres, galleries, rehearsal spaces, and in the heart of downtown Calgary.

As the program enters its fifth year, it will be exciting to see how the teachers take the framework and run with it, with Arts Commons as their students’ learning playground. More information can be found at the Calgary Board of Education's online portal. Application deadline is April of each year.

The ConocoPhillips Hub for Inspired Learning at Arts Commons was also one of the programs recognized by the Calgary Board of Education in 2015 for the Lighthouse Award.

"The Calgary Board of Education is pleased to partner with Calgary Campus Open Minds and Arts Common to provide our students with unique, experiential learning opportunities outside of the classroom that uncover curriculum through the lens of the arts," said Trina Hurdman, Chair of the CBE Board of Trustees.

“The Calgary Catholic School District is excited to continue our collaborative relationship with Arts Commons and Calgary Campus Open Minds,” said Cheryl Low, Chair of the CCSD Board of Trustees. “With the generous support of ConocoPhillips Canada, our current and future students will have opportunities to discover arts learning in an innovative and vibrant community setting.”

“We’re proud to be the Naming Sponsor of the ConocoPhillips Hub for Inspired Learning,” said Kirk Johnson, ConocoPhillips Canada President. “As a company with more than 100 years of history in Canada, it is important to us to contribute to the communities where we live and work. We are pleased to support the passionate men and women at Arts Commons who provide fascinating, educationally rich environments for local students to engage in hands-on discovery, exploration, and reflection." 


Arts Commons gratefully acknowledges the support of


ConocoPhillips Hub for Inspired Learning is supported in part by Shaw Birdies for Kids presented by AltaLink