Arts Education

The Quinte Arts Council is most grateful to the Marilyn and Morris Rollins Foundation and the John M. & Bernice Parrott Foundation Inc. for their support of the Arts Education programs.

The purpose of Quinte Arts Council’s arts education, awards and bursaries program is to:

  • provide quality visual and performing arts training in the classroom or at local schools in the  Quinte Area to students grades K to 12
  • educate students about other cultures
  • encourage post- secondary education in an arts field
  • recognize those in our community who have made a significant contribution to arts and culture

The annual World Music and Dance concert introduces local students to cultures from around the world.  Each year, we present a concert and workshop of music and dance featuring artists from many cultural heritages.  Concerts take place in venues and theatres outside the classroom and not only provide an entertaining and educational experience for students, but bring them to a theatre environment to help encourage students to become arts patron in the future.  These concerts are offered free to students.

Schools submit applications for funding to provide funding for artist fees to provide instruction on visual or performing arts activities that support Ontario curriculum.  Students have the opportunity to be educated by professional artists and groups, develop their talents, and learn school subjects in an interactive and entertaining way.  They are often also inspired to continue with some form of art as adults.

All applications for these projects are reviewed and funds or awards approved by Quinte Arts Council’s Arts Education, Awards and Bursaries Committee. 


Arts Education Bursaries

Arts Education Bursary for the Visual Arts – The Quinte Arts Council’s Arts Education Bursary was established by the council’s Arts and Education Committee in 2002 to be used to help subsidize arts programming in Quinte schools. Each year, the council gives bursaries for Visual Arts programs – deadline to apply is Sept. 30. (The deadline for the Performing Arts Bursary is Jan. 31.) Bursaries range from $250 to $500 Bursaries are for artist fees only. In order to be eligible, the applicant (either the artist or the school) must be a member of the Quinte Arts Council and the project must:

  • involve a professional artist or group
  • involve visual arts activities i.e. painting, sculpture, pottery, photography, mixed media, digital media, film and video
  •  support the Ontario curriculum
  • have defined starting and completion dates, set objectives, a project budget and a follow-up plan for evaluations and a report
  • involve a school or classroom of students within the Quinte region, grades K to 12
  • take place November to January
  • the applicant (artist, group or school) must be a QAC member

Application deadline is September 30

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Arts Education Bursary for the Performing Arts – The Quinte Arts Council’s Arts Education Support Program was established by the council’s Arts and Education Committee in 2002 to be used to help subsidize arts programming in Quinte schools.

Up to four program supports of $250 each (we reserve the right to grant 2 supports at $500, 4 at $250 or 3 at $300). The Arts and Education Committee has allocated these program supports for performing arts programs due to an identified need in this area. Funds for other art forms will be available in the fall.  In order to be eligible, the applicant (either the artist or the school) must be a member of the Quinte Arts Council and the project must:

  • involve a professional artist or group
  • involve performing arts activities, i.e. music, storytelling, drama, theatre, dance, puppetry, creative movement
  • support the Ontario curriculum
  • have defined starting and completion dates, set objectives, a project budget and a follow-up plan for evaluations and a report
  • involve a school or classroom of students within the Quinte region, grades K to 12
  • take place from March to June
  • the applicant (artist, group or school) must be a QAC member

Application deadline is January 31

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Eugene Lang Memorial Bursary Application (this bursary will not be given out in 2014)

In memory of Eugene Lang (1920-2000) and to honour his love for and dedication to classical music in the Quinte region, the Eugene Lang Memorial Fund was established by Mr. Lang’s family to encourage and promote classical music education projects in schools in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties.
Available to Quinte Arts Council members and member groups, an award, based on the interest accumulated in the fund during the preceding year, will be presented annually in March. Projects such as live performances, lectures, workshops, master classes, etc. will qualify.

Eligible projects will meet the following criteria:

  • involve classical music including performances, workshops or other projects
  • have defined starting and completion dates, set objectives, project budget and follow-up evaluation/report plan
  • involve a school and/or classroom of students within Hastings and Prince Edward counties
  • the applicant (artist, group or school) must be a QAC member

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Deadline for application: January 31 of each year.   Award Presentation: March of the same year


Quinte Arts Council – Student Arts Bursary

Each spring the Quinte Arts Council awards TWO $500 bursaries to students graduating from secondary schools in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties and proceeding to further education in the arts, at a university or college in Canada, with the aim of pursuing a career in the arts. Priority will be given to students who have demonstrated an active involvement in the arts both within their secondary school and the wider community. The following areas will also be considered in making the award: artistic achievement and innovativeness, extracurricular activities (both volunteer and in the workplace), demonstrated level of commitment, determination or focus on the chosen field of interest, quality and persuasiveness of the submitted essay, degree of support in teachers’ letters. Recipients will be notified before the end of June, and the presentation will be made at the school graduation ceremonies by a representative of the QAC.

It is a condition of acceptance of this bursary, that the recipient will furnish a brief article on their first year of post-secondary school studies for the QAC’s Umbrella arts newspaper. This article is to be submitted no later than June 15th of the year after receiving this bursary.
In order to be considered, the following materials MUST accompany each application:

  • Transcript of marks throughout secondary school
  • TWO one-page letters of recommendation (one by an academic counsellor or teacher and one by the teacher or instructor of the arts discipline the student is planning to pursue)
  • A 500 word double-spaced essay written by the applicant, outlining why the student has chosen the particular field to pursue in developing his/her career path

DEADLINE for APPLICATION: BEFORE April 30th of each calendar year.
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Hugh P. ONeil Student Arts Bursary

The Hugh P. O’Neil Bursary fund was established in 1995 by the Quinte Provincial Liberal Association to recognize the contributions of former MPP Hugh O’Neil during more than twenty years of political life, and in particular to honour his significant support of the arts both provincially and locally.

Eligibility: Each spring Hugh O’Neil, in conjunction with the Quinte Arts Council, awards TWO $500 bursaries to students graduating from secondary schools in the Quinte Riding (as it existed in 1995), students must be proceeding to further education in the arts, at a university, college, or school of dance in Canada, with the aim of pursuing a career in the arts. One bursary will be given to students graduating from one of the following Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board schools (Nicholson Catholic College, St. Theresa’s or St. Paul’s) and one bursary will be given to students graduating from one of the following Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board schools (Centennial, Moira, Quinte, Bayside or Trenton).

Criteria: Priority will be given to students who have demonstrated superior academic achievement, and an active involvement in the arts both within their secondary school and the wider community. In addition, the following areas will also be considered in making the award: artistic achievement and innovativeness, extracurricular activities (both volunteer and in the workplace), demonstrated level of commitment, determination or focus on the chosen field of interest, degree of support in teacher support letters. Recipients will be notified before the end of June, and the presentation will be made at the school graduation ceremonies by Mr. O’Neil or a representative of his family.

It is a condition of acceptance of this bursary that the recipient will furnish a letter to the editor or a brief article on their first year of post-secondary school studies for the QAC’s Umbrella newspaper. This article is to be submitted no later than June 15th of the year after receiving this bursary.

In order to be considered, the following materials MUST accompany each application:

  • Transcript of marks throughout secondary school
  • TWO one-page letters of recommendation (one by an academic counsellor or teacher and one by the teacher or instructor of the arts discipline that the student is planning to pursue)
  • A one-page letter that provides other information that will give the committee a better picture of the student and why he/she loves the arts and wants to proceed towards the particular career that has been chosen in the arts

DEADLINE for APPLICATION: BEFORE April 30th of each calendar year.
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Quinte Arts Council and Hugh P. O’Neil Student Bursaries awarded to four students

The Quinte Arts Council and Hugh P O’Neil bursaries are being awarded to four talented students this year.  The purpose of the bursaries is to reward students for their superior academic achievement and their active involvement in the arts, both within their secondary school and the wider community, and to assist them as they continue post-secondary education for a career in the arts.  The winners of the Quinte Arts Council bursaries are Isaac Kerr and Chelsea Saunders, and the winners of the Hugh P. O’Neil bursaries are Dustin Cory Bird and Cassandra Bald.

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Isaak Kerr, Anne Cunningham and Rick Zimmerman (QAC Board members) and Chelsea Saunders.

Isaac Kerr is currently attending the Quinte Ballet School of Canada and Centennial Secondary School.  He chose to put these extensive hours into ballet as it is fundamental to all dance forms.  He is planning to attend Toronto Dance Theatre to further his knowledge of modern dance, with the goal of becoming a professional dancer.  This summer he has been accepted to the prestigious dance school Alvin Ailey in New York, for their summer intensive training program.  Isaac says, “I’ve worked seven years to get where I am now and am inspired by the journey I am taking.  Dance teaches key skills to live a good life and be successful, no matter where life takes me.”  Catherine Taylor, Artistic Director of QBSC, says, “Isaac has the ability, but more importantly the mindset, drive and determination to make it as a professional dancer.”  Michele Lintern-Mole, Drama Instructor at Centennial, says, “Isaac understands the importance of the Arts as a vehicle of communication for present day society.  I feel he will be most successful in future post-secondary study in Dance.”

Chelsea Saunders will soon graduate from Moira Secondary School, and has been accepted into the Fine Arts program at Queen’s University.  She has been passionate about creating artwork since she was small, and has immersed herself in different facets of the local arts scene.  She has submitted pieces to various art shows, and won an honourable mention, as well as a monetary prize, at the Core’s juried art show in 2013.  She hopes to pursue a career in a field that touches peoples’ hearts, possibly in the animation industry or as a professional artist.  Mrs. C. Cooper, International Baccalaureate Coordinator and Teacher at Moira Secondary, says, “Chelsea is an excellent ambassador and advocate to celebrate arts in High school as well as in post secondary study.  It is very exciting for me to consider where the arts will take Chelsea, or rather, where she will go with her abundant creativity.”  Chelsea’s Visual Art Teacher, Rosanne Duke, adds, “She is a highly skilled, highly focused and motivated young artist.  She actively seeks out opportunities to challenge herself and develop her abilities further.”

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Cassandra Bald, Hugh O’Neill and Dustin Cory Bird.

Dustin Cory Bird, a talented musician with a natural gift for guitar, singing and recording arts, is currently enrolled in the Regional Arts Program at Centennial Secondary School.  He is a member of the Centennial Jazz Band and has travelled with the band to New York City, Boston, Chicago and Cleveland.  Blair Yarrington has taught Dustin for the past four years, and says, “Throughout his time at Centennial, Dustin has continued to develop his musicianship and has flourished in the creative environment.  Dustin has given much back to the program as well, as he is always involved with both curricular and extra-curricular music performances and is a wonderful ambassador for the Arts Program.”  David Reed, from the Music Department at Centennial, says, “Dustin’s talent in recording and his friendly demeanor make him a natural leader and give him credibility among his peers.”  Dustin will be studying Music Industry Arts at Algonquin College, Ottawa Campus.

Cassandra Bald, a student at St. Paul Catholic Secondary School, is currently both taking and instructing classes at Angela Maracle’s Academy of Dance, training for her CDTA Advanced Ballet and Jazz exams.  She says, “Through dance, drama, fashion and visual art, I can make my feelings and my memories solid, something that I can share with the world.”  Angela Maracle says, “On stage, Cassandra adapts brilliantly to any mood and style.  In rehearsals, her enthusiasm is refreshing and contagious, and in class she strives to absorb and apply all that is being taught.”  Mrs. Nicole Harrison, from St. Paul Catholic Secondary, says, “Not only does Cassandra work hard to assist her peers and make her school a better place, she also works diligently in her attempts to make her local community and the world at large a better place.”  Cassandra will be studying Social Sciences at Western University with a Minor in Dance.

At their graduation ceremonies, each of these deserving students will be receiving a certificate and a cheque to the school they will be attending.  Congratulations to each of them.