ArtStarts in Schools is a BC based organization that brings artists into the classrooms through their Artists in the Classroom Grant program. Teacher and fellow artist Sheila Karrow, brought this wonderful organization to my attention when we were brainstorming about a project that turned into the The Giving Trees of Haida Gwaii.
In 2012, thanks to being awarded an Artist in the Classroom grant, I was able to work at Sk'aadgaa Naay Elementary School on The Giving Trees of Haida Gwaii project and be paid as an artist in residence!
The project and final results were received with so much enthusiasm by ArtStarts, that they wanted to feature the work as part of the 'Sense of Place' exhibit in their gallery on Richards Street in Vancouver. The work was displayed from October 2012 to April 2013, and when it came time to return the work, a team from ArtStarts in Schools decided to hand deliver the work personally back to Haida Gwaii.
They also decided to make a documentary of the project while visiting Haida Gwaii. That documentary has now been released:
And now, with the help of a large grant from ArtStarts in Schools, I'll be involved in a new felting project, called "Ta'ans Moons" at all six elementary schools of Haida Gwaii this Fall. I'm so grateful!