(TORONTO – Nov. 28, 2011) – Hundreds of Toronto District School Board (TDSB) students and educators will be able to visit the Weston Family Learning Centre at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) each year for hands-on experience of art thanks to a new five-year partnership between the TDSB and the AGO.
Students will experience:
- Special full-day programs at the AGO: Up to 500 high-priority TDSB classes will visit the Gallery in the 2011-12 school year;
- The AGO’s installation of 13 key paintings from the TDSB’s art collection in the Weston Family Learning Centre;
- Specialized curriculum and resources for teachers and students online and at the AGO; and
Free access to the Weston Family Learning Centre for students, teachers, parents and the community.
“This historic partnership is an incredible opportunity for our students, teachers and school communities,” said Chris Spence, TDSB Director of Education. “We truly believe the arts have an overwhelmingly positive impact on student achievement. Our fine art collection helps tell the story of who we are, as a school board, and as a city.”