Cultural activities practised during school hours (Culture in the School program) are different in some respects from cultural activities undertaken outside school hours (Busy Bodies, Busy Minds program).
In the Culture in the School program, students at the preschool, elementary and secondary levels can have active and participatory cultural experiences in the classroom. They may have opportunities to meet with artists, writers and representatives of professional cultural organizations (cultural resources) from the Répertoire de ressources culture-éducation, which includes over 1 850 artists, writers and organizations.
In the Busy Bodies, Busy Minds program, students take part in cultural activities outside classroom hours. These activities are generally held on the school premises, but may also take place outside the school. For example, a group of students that is putting on a play might go out to see a theatrical performance to enrich their project.
Teachers will for the most part hand over the reins to cultural facilitators, who will work with students together with the cultural resources. The resources involved in the extracurricular activities may also be used in a classroom context. They may, however, be used for other purposes; for instance, an artist may act primarily as a guide for the students.
Finally, the Répertoire de ressources culture-éducation is full of suggestions that may inspire schools looking for cultural activities for students as part of extracurricular activities.
- 1) Writing and putting on a play.
- 2) Creating and exhibiting art works.
- 3) Creating and producing a show.
- 4) Producing a short film (a variety of subjects are possible).
- 5) Participating in writing, painting, ceramics and jewellery-making workshops and exhibiting the resulting creations.
- 6) Singing in a choir.