Labrador Creative Arts Festival
- There is an expressed need for young people resident in Labrador, be they Innu, Inuit, Metis, or resident, to know their past and their role in the developing Labrador community, to aid them in becoming active in the preservation of their heritage, as well as arbiters of their future.
- To provide individuals with an opportunity to come together and share their creative experiences because of the geographic and social diversity within Labrador, thus becoming aware of the varied and composite lifestyles in Labrador.
In this way students learn self-expression, self-confidence and social interaction skills as well as a keener aesthetic sense and critical thinking skills.
The Festival involves:
- stage and school performances of student-written material,
- travelling shows of children's art and photography
- publication of students' scripts,
- workshops in music, mime, dance, writing, drama, puppetry, improvisation, visual art and film
- presentations and exhibitions by visiting artists
- community-based projects.
In addition, teachers are exposed to a variety of professional development experiences, which augment their teaching in all areas.
- to foster and reinforce a sense of Labrador identity among its youth.
- to provide for young people the means to develop self-expression and confidence in exploring different arts forms.
- to develop and promote research methods to produce ongoing Labrador arts content and curriculum for school.
- to provide a formal setting wherein young people from Labrador communities can interact with professional artists to share, create and experience a wide spectrum of arts activities.
- to develop among young people a sense of appreciation for the arts in their various forms, particularly with regard to continuing recreation in home communities.
- to provide opportunities for acquiring technical knowledge and skills in the use of tools, materials, and processes for art expression.
- to foster understanding, appreciation, and a sense of responsibility for the visual environment in which the students live.
- to help develop critical thinking techniques in becoming selective of what is important in the students' lives through research, playwriting and performance.