Powell River artistic education program seeks enrolment

School of fine arts for elementary age students to start in September

This September, students in grades four through seven will have additional artistic learning opportunities at the newly-created Powell River School of Fine Arts.

The school is accepting applications now until Thursday, June 20, for enrolment in the programs, which are a partnership between Powell River Academy of Music, School District 47’s Partners in Education (PIE) program and Laszlo Tamasik Dance Academy. The school requires an enrolment of at least 20 students, and if there is enough interest, a program for children in grades one through three may also be added.

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One of the program organizers, Darcy Kaltio, said more artistic education for youth is a welcome addition in the community.

“The combination of immersive arts education, in a 20-student multi-age grouping combined with at-home learning, makes this program unique and something our community can be excited about,” she added.

Powell River Academy of Music has a long tradition of providing high-level music, dance and visual arts education and is excited to be part of this latest project, according to the academy’s artistic director Walter Martella.

“The Powell River Academy of Music is a vibrant centre of the creative arts and is ready to lend its expertise to this amazing new program,” he said.

The academic component of the program will be provided by PIE, led by director of instruction Don Fairbairn. It will feature three mornings per week of academic instruction at Oceanview Education Centre and three afternoons a week at the Academy of Music engaging in music, dance, theatre, movement, performing arts, visual arts and media arts.

For more information or to register, contact Fairbairn at 604.414.2617 or don.fairbairn@sd47.bc.ca.

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