Students create art for change with the shirt off their back



    ACTup conference gives students voice through art

    TORONTO, June 10 /CNW/ - What do a t-shirt, a garbage pail and side-walk
chalk have in common? They are all tools that can be used to create art for
social change. On June 15, more than 200 Peel District School Board middle
school students will discover how they can use art to express their views and
raise awareness about global issues at ACTup, a one-day conference at the HJA
Brown Education Centre in Mississauga.
    "This event is reflective of our times," says <a href="http://www.derekforgie.com">Derek Forgie</a>, keynote
speaker. "Seeing students discuss global issues is one thing, but watching
them come up with creative solutions through art is something that gets me
excited about the future."
    ACTup will include:
    
    -  a series of interactive workshops designed and facilitated by senior
       students from <a href="http://oweb.peelschools.org/pls/www/www_schools.school_details?p_school=2472">Humberview Secondary School</a>
    -  an entertaining and thought-provoking keynote presentation by Derek
       Forgie, actor, activist and comedian
    -  display booths from <a href="http://www.peelschools.org/slgd/get_involved/documents/NGOs.doc">NGOs and community partners</a>
    

    "This event is an opportunity for our students to discover realistic and
effective tools for social change," says Jim Grieve, director of education.
"As well, it gives our middle school students a chance to learn and build off
the ideas, experiences and creativity of our senior students."
    "Our workshop teams uses their interest in art and media to show students
how personal expression can be a powerful method of change," says Andrew
Cresswell, teacher at Humberview Secondary School and co-ordinator of the
workshop series. "This is all about using art and media to inform and inspire
and not waiting for someone else to say or do something. It's about being an
up-stander, not a bystander."
    The conference is part of the Peel board's <a href="http://www.peelschools.org/slgd/index.htm">Student Leadership for Global
Development</a> program which is produced with the support of the Government of
Canada through the <a href="http://www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/index-e.htm">Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)</a>.
    Notes Grieve, "We're very thankful to the Canadian International
Development Agency for helping to enhance global education in the Peel board.
Through CIDA's Global Classroom Initiative, we've been able to provide our
students and teachers with programs like this for the past seven years."
    The HJA Brown Education Centre is located at 5650 Hurontario St. in
Mississauga. The program begins with the welcome and keynote at 8:45 a.m.
Students will attend two workshops from 9:30 a.m. to 11 and from 11:45 a.m. to
1 p.m. The conference will conclude at 2 p.m.

    
    Media Resources:   <a href="http://www.peelschools.org/slgd/get_involved/documents/ACTupAgenda.pdf">Event Agenda</a>
                       <a href="http://www.peelschools.org/slgd/get_involved/documents/Workshopdescriptions.pdf">Workshop descriptions</a>
                       <a href="http://www.peelschools.org/slgd/get_involved/images/ACTupLOGO2_000.jpg">Event logo</a>
                       <a href="http://www.peelschools.org/slgd/get_involved/documents/DerekForgie.pdf">Derek Forgie's bio</a>
    

    Quotes:

    "This event is reflective of our times," says Derek Forgie, keynote
speaker. "Seeing students discuss global issues is one thing, but watching
them come up with creative solutions through art is something that gets me
excited about the future."

    "This event is an opportunity for our students to discover realistic and
effective tools for social change," says Jim Grieve, director of education.
"As well, it gives our middle school students a chance to learn and build off
the ideas, experiences and creativity of our senior students."

    "Our workshop teams uses their interest in art and media to show students
how personal expression can be a powerful method of change," says Andrew
Cresswell, teacher at Humberview Secondary School and co-ordinator of the
workshop series. "This is all about using art and media to inform and inspire
and not waiting for someone else to say or do something. It's about being an
up-stander, not a bystander."

    Notes Grieve, "We're very thankful to the Canadian International
Development Agency for helping to enhance global education in the Peel board.
Through CIDA's Global Classroom Initiative, we've been able to provide our
students and teachers with programs like this for the past seven years."

    About the Peel board:

    The Peel board serves more than 150,000 students in kindergarten to grade
12. Operating 235 schools in the municipalities of Brampton, Caledon and
Mississauga, the Peel board is the largest employer in Peel. The board's
annual budget is $1.2 billion. For more information, visit the board's website
at www.peelschools.org.





For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Andrew Cresswell, Teacher,
andrew.cresswell@peelsb.com, (905) 857-0771; Reference: Scott LaMantia,
Communications Project Co-ordinator, scott.lamantia@peelsb.com, (905)
890-1010, ext. 2817


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