Arts Education

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

World Music and Dance

The annual World Music and Dance performances and workshops introduce 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 patrons in the future.  These concerts are offered free to students. Click HERE for more information.


Arts Education Bursaries

Educators and/or artists submit applications to request funding for artist fees to provide instruction on visual or performing arts activities that support the Ontario curriculum.  Students have the opportunity to be educated by professional artists and groups, develop their talents, and learn school subjects in an interactive, inspirational and entertaining way.

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 Bursary for the Visual Arts – deadline September 30

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. Bursaries range from $150 to $500 and are for artist fees only. In order to be eligible 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

Application deadline is September 30

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Arts Education Bursary for the Performing Arts – deadline January 31

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 are given (we reserve the right to grant 2 supports at $500, 4 at $250 or 3 at $300) and are for artist fees only. In order to be eligible 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

Application deadline is January 31

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Eugene Lang Memorial Bursary Application – deadline January 31

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, a project budget and a follow-up plan for evaluations and a report
  • involve a school and/or classroom of students within Hastings and Prince Edward counties
  • the applicant must be a QAC individual or group member (schools/classrooms do not have to be QAC members to apply)

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Deadline for application: January 31 of each year Award Presentation: March of the same year 
You must be a QAC member to apply (however, schools/classrooms do not have to be a QAC member to apply). If you would like to become a QAC member, click here.


Quinte Arts Council Student Arts Bursary – deadline April 29

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, and 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 counselor 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:  April 29 of each calendar year.
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Hugh P. ONeil Student Arts Bursary – deadline April 29

The Hugh P. O’Neil Bursary fund was established in 1995 by the Quinte Provincial Liberal Association to recognize the contributions of the late Hugh O’Neil, former MPP, during more than 20 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 post-secondary school 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, and 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 a representative of Mr. O’Neil’s 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 counselor 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: April 29 of each calendar year.
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Susan Richardson Bursary – deadline May 14

In May of 2015, the Quinte community lost a respected music director and beloved friend. Susan Richardson had been a member of the Belleville Choral Society for 39 years, including 15 years as Director. She was also a well-known organist and the recipient of a Quinte Arts Council’s Arts Recognition Award as well as a provincial Arts and Culture Award.

Inspired by opera and classical music while growing up, and by her mother’s collection of Broadway tunes on LPs, Susan began singing soprano and alto with the Belleville Choral Society in 1973. She would hold various positions within the society and in 1995, she became its Director, a position she would hold over the next 15 years.

Other contributions to the music community included teaching voice and piano to adults and children, serving as a rehearsal pianist for the Quinte Ballet School of Canada, serving as organist/choir director for St. Michael’s Church, St. Joseph’s Church, Bridge Street Church and St. Thomas’ Church in Belleville, and serving as the assistant director and organist for the Kingston Diocesan Choir.

Although she herself was gifted with tremendous musical ability, Susan would often refer to her position as a music director as that of being a ‘steward’, a responsibility she exercised with grace and professionalism, wanting to ensure first and foremost that choir and audience members came away with a sense of having shared an exceptional experience together after a performance. Her contribution to music and culture in the Quinte community will long be remembered.

(The above is an excerpt from an article written by Cynthia Fort for the Winter 2015/16 issue of Umbrella arts newspaper.)

In Susan’s honour, Linda and Roli Tipper have established a new student bursary in the amount of $500 to support a gifted student graduating from a secondary school in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties, proceeding to further education in music at a university or college in Canada.

BURSARY DETAILS

This bursary is for students graduating from secondary schools in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties and proceeding to further education in music, at a university or college in Canada, with the aim of pursuing a professional career in music.

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, extracurricular activities (both volunteer and in the workplace), demonstrated level of commitment, determination or focus, quality and persuasiveness of the submitted essay, and degree of support in teachers’ letters.

Recipients will be notified by the beginning of June, and the presentation will be made at the school graduation ceremonies by Susan’s husband Terry Richardson, and the bursary donors, Linda and Roli Tipper, accompanied by a representative of the QAC.

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 counselor 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 MAY 15th of each calendar year. Fill in the form below and click Submit.

Susan Richardson Bursary

Please complete the following form and attach the required documents.
    By checking this box, I hereby authorize my secondary school to release to the committee information that may be pertinent to this application, and I agree to provide the required article to the Umbrella newspaper if chosen as a winner.