ConocoPhillips Hub for Inspired Learning

In partnership with Campus Calgary Open Minds, Arts Commons hosts school classes from Grades 1-12 for a week long field study of arts integrated inquiry, through the ConocoPhillips Hub for Inspired Learning. Teachers gain valuable professional development that they can employ in their classroom and the students use journaling to record their observations and questions.

In this award-winning program, the class explores different locations around the building’s many theatres, galleries, rehearsal spaces, and more, all in the heart of downtown Calgary. Arts educators provide expertise and unique theatre, dance, musical, and visual arts experiences to enrich curriculum + explore a "big question".

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

More Information

Applications for the 2021-22 intake for ConocoPhillips Hub for Inspired Learning are will be due in May 2021 through the Campus Calgary Open Minds portal.

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This is what makes my teaching relevant. I wished we could spend even more time in this space. It is also inspiring spending time with educators who understand the arts. It is reinvigorating and enriches my own experience as a teacher. Thank you for such an incredible week

– participating Teacher

The Calgary Board of Education is pleased to partner with Campus Calgary Open Minds and Arts Commons to provide our students with unique, experiential learning opportunities outside of the classroom that uncover curriculum through the lens of the arts.

- 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 Campus Calgary Open Minds. 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.

- Cheryl Low, Chair of the CCSD Board of Trustees

We’re proud to be the Naming Sponsor of the ConocoPhillips Hub for Inspired Learning. 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.

- Kirk Johnson, ConocoPhillips Canada President

I just think that I would give this place 80 million stars out of ten!

– Gr. 5 student


More information about this program can also be found at the Calgary Board of Education's online portal.

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