WHAT IS AECE?
The Arts Education Classroom Experience program gives London-based teachers and professional artists the opportunity to collaboratively develop and co-deliver arts projects in elementary schools in the London region. AECE focuses on students' exploration and practice of the "creative process" as outlined in the Ontario Arts Curriculum.
Through AECE, teachers and artists work collaboratively to bring students creative-process experiences that are rich, dynamic, and integrated with core curriculum. This collaboration in arts education provides professional development opportunities not only for artists but for teachers. Artists bring new arts experiences and a creative energy and perspective, modelling the creative process for generalist teachers in a hands-on way.
Arts experiences can be a catalyst for student learning and can bring out hidden strengths, especially for students struggling with traditional teaching methods. Students’ ability to use the creative process effectively and independently enhances skills and expression not only in the arts but also—as research has shown—in other academic subjects that require critical analysis, problem-solving, planning & organization, perseverance, and divergent thinking.
HOW CAN TEACHERS PARTICIPATE?
The collaborative nature of the teacher's and artist's instruction is vital to the effectiveness of each AECE project. The role of AECE artists is not only to engage, facilitate, inspire, and nurture students but also to assist teachers in creating environments that foster the creative process. We provide a level of program administration for AECE that supports this collaboration.
If you're interested in your class taking part, please contact Jeremy Jeresky (Curator, Public Progams and Learning) at
WHAT IS AECE'S IMPACT?
AECE is a collaboration between the London Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, London District Catholic School Board, and Thames Valley District School Board and is supported by The Ontario Ministry of Education as an Artist in Residence (Education) model as laid out by the Ontario Arts Curriculum. Development funding for AECE was provided through The Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (Cultural Strategic Investment Fund) and the London Community Foundation (Beryl Ivey Endowment for the Arts).
For more information about AECE,
please contact Jeremy Jeresky
(Curator, Public Programs and Learning)