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Fine Arts


Fine Arts - Culture, Drama, Visual Art, Dance, Music - A Way of Life

Fine arts programming promotes a sense of pride within schools, among students, and in communities.  It brings excitement and enjoyment to the school environment, and inspires a passion for lifelong learning. Newly realized talents build confidence, inspire creativity, foster self-expression and, on occasion, result in the discovery of an unexpected career path.  Ultimately, and perhaps most importantly, the study of fine arts develops in students a deeper understanding and appreciation of history, traditions, and cultural heritage. 




Schools with art teachers include Frontier Collegiate Institute, Gillam, Grand Rapids, Helen Betty Osborne Ininiw Education Resource Centre, Joseph H. Kerr, Leaf Rapids, Mel Johnson, Oscar Blackburn, Rod Martin, and Wanipigow. 



Local artists teach a variety of programs such as beadwork, carving, choir, dance, drawing, drumming, jigging, and painting.



An artist is contracted to travel to various schools and spend a week teaching pottery to students.  Some schools also hire artists using their own resources.


Juried Art Show

A juried art show is held in Winnipeg at the Annual School Committee Conference. The show is open to all Frontier School Division students in grades 7 through 12, and adult education.  Art work is adjudicated by professional artists and each student receives a written critique.  Prizes are awarded to the first, second, and third place winners. A People's Choice award is also included in the awards ceremony.




Schools with formalized music programs include Cranberry Portage, Duke of Marlborough, Frontier Collegiate Institute, Gillam, Helen Betty Osborne Ininiw Education Resource Centre, Joseph H. Kerr, Oscar Blackburn, and Wanipigow.



Division Support

Frontier School Division has an initiative in place to assist those schools not receiving funding from the Division's fiddling program. Funding is provided based on school size, and schools are asked to match the amount with money from their budget and/or community contributions. 


Division Sponsored

Berens River, Cold Lake, Cormorant, Cranberry Portage, D.R. Hamilton, Duck Bay, Falcon Beach, Grand Rapids, Gypsumville, Lakefront, Matheson Island, Mel Johnson, Minegoziibe Anishinabe, Pine Dock, Rorketon, Skownan, Wanipigow, and Waterhen.


Gillam, Mountain View, Oscar Blackburn, Pikwitonei, and Helen Betty Osborne Ininiw Education Resource Centre


Drama Festival

Frontier Collegiate Institute and Helen Betty Osborne Ininiw Education Resource Centre hold workshop sessions in drama, improvisation, script and scene writing, song and dance, and music. 


For more information please contact:
Marti Ford
Area 3 Superintendent
Frontier School Division
30 Speers Road
Winnipeg MB R2J 1L9
Phone: (204) 258-2718
Fax: (204) 697-1318