The Culture in the Schools program provides financial assistance to school administrators and teachers to support the organization of arts and culture projects at school. The program targets all public and private French and English schools offering preschool, elementary and secondary education (youth sector). Its aim is to produce citizens who are actively involved in cultural life by increasing the number of cultural experiences offered to students through the collaboration of the artists, writers and professional cultural organizations listed in the Répertoire de ressources culture-éducation directory, a unique directory of artists, writers and organizations. This directory is accessible only on the Internet.
Note that adult general education has been eligible for the program since the 2016-2017 school year.
The Culture in the Schools program has two components:
- Cultural Workshops at School
This component makes it possible for cultural resources (artists, writers and cultural organizations) to come into the classroom and share their creative process with the students in a workshop.
- Schools Host an Artist or Writer
This component allows students to participate, for an extended period of 4 to 12 weeks, in a project involving artistic exploration and offers professional artists or writers the opportunity to spend time in the school environment and to find inspiration there for their own creative pursuits.
The Culture in the Schools program supports only cultural activities carried out in school. Field trips will henceforth be funded through partnership agreements (Mesure de concertation régionale en culture-éducation) established by the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications (MCC). For further information on this measure, please contact your regional MCC office .
More specifically, the program is designed to:
- ensure that the cultural dimension is integrated into classroom and school activities in accordance with the Québec Education Program
- offer students a range of cultural experiences that will have a positive impact on their learning and allow them to develop open-mindedness, curiosity, critical judgment and aesthetic appreciation
- promote concerted action among schools and cultural organizations, while taking regional realities into account
Students are thus encouraged to play an active role, which will provide lasting benefits, such as learning how to work in a team and developing creativity, critical judgment and a sense of aesthetics. This will enable them to become adults who are attuned to their community and likely to participate in its cultural life.