A Committee of The Portage and District Arts Council

ArtsSmarts Awards Grants

The Portage la Prairie ArtsSmarts committee is pleased to announce the first grant recipients following restructuring.

Portage Ukrainian Nursery School

After curriculum-wide study, the children of the nursery school will paint alongside local artist, Lee Beaton, creating their interpretation of Trinity United Church.  Grant amount:  $3370.00

Prairie Sky Homeschoolers - Portage Pod

Children ages 4-14 attending drama classes learn peer collaboration, working together to showcase their skills at the end of the course during a winter production. Grant amount: $1000.00

Women of Mother Earth

On Earth Day, The Women of Mother Earth Network held a Story Stick Workshop. Instructor Angela Roulette presented to 20 participants the significance of Earth Day and how our youth are the future and that it is important that they be part of taking care of the Earth and the environment.  Angela shared her life story, explaining the Four Ways of Life in Aboriginal culture – Kindness, Honesty, Sharing and Strength. She notes, “Each stick represents its creator’s life and values, and can focus on the person’s family, friends, experiences and worldviews.” The students were then encouraged to create their own Story Stick with symbolic craft materials that they attached to an actual wooden tree branch.

This workshop provided a safe environment for students to tell their family stories, and to share the joys and losses in their young lives.  This project gave families a chance to talk about future plans. As a result this group is planning to start powwow dancing and Aboriginal language lessons. Grant amount: $375.00

Prairie Sky Homeschoolers - Portage Pod

Students from the Prairie Sky Homeschoolers group participated in a six-week pottery program. Instructor Gabriele Neuschwander led 40 participants through the fascinating task of throwing clay on the wheel as well basic hand building techniques. The children who participated in this project benefited in many ways as the process of this project enhanced their creativity and fine-motor skills as well as promoting focus, concentration and perseverance. Grant amount: $1000.00