A big thank you to our teacher-librarian, Mrs. Jamie Erbacher, for her work on an extensive ArtStarts proposal last Spring. We are pleased to announce that we were awarded a significant “Artists in the Classroom” (AIC) grant in August!

“AIC Grants support projects in schools across BC that demonstrate artistic impact, strong curricular connections, high levels of student engagement and an active partnership between educators and professional artists. Artists in the Classroom grants are disbursed by ArtStarts in Schools through a partnership agreement with BC Arts Council and funded by the Province of British Columbia.” (https://artstarts.com/aic)

Cedars has been privileged to receive these grant funds, and will be embarking on a large-scale cedar carving art project with local Indigenous artist, Clayton Gauthier. This interactive art project will involve K-7 classes as they learn oral stories, drumming, carving, and painting. Clayton Gauthier has previously been a guest at Cedars sharing his art and storytelling with our students. He is also the author of two children’s books including The Bear’s Medicine which won the 2020 PMC Indigenous Literature Award.

The heart of this project is that students will learn more about Indigenous ways of knowing and that this project will be a step towards reconciliation. It is our intention to hang the completed art in the foyer of the new high school gymnasium as an outward expression to our Cedars and Prince George communities of our commitment to love and reconciliation.