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Back to School at Harbourfront Centre

Educational opportunities beyond-the-classroom abound with School Visits

TORONTO, ON (Sept. 8, 2011) – Harbourfront Centre is pleased to announce the the 2011-2012 School Visits programme for elementary and secondary school students.

As a distinguished leader in experiential learning, Harbourfront Centre is committed to giving students opportunities for self-discovery and enrichment outside of the traditional classroom. This year, our School Visits programme has several new additions to the already-expansive catalogue, developed for the Ontario curriculum. Whether working alongside artists or rediscovering their own city, students gain a vibrant educational and cultural experience that encourages an active engagement with the wider world. And School Visits occurring in the first two months of the school year are eligible for a reduced rate.

Behind the Curtain programmes link students with the artists in our signature international performing arts series, World Stage, and our national dance programme, NextSteps. These programmes are custom-designed to meet the needs of teachers and students through a compelling, contemporary world view brought to life by the magic of performance. The Artist-in-Residence programme for secondary students contracts an acclaimed professional artist for three-day workshops designed to extend the arts curriculum to careers in the arts.

This year marks the beginning of a new partnership with one of Toronto’s most engaging visual arts organizations, The Textile Museum of Canada, as well as the continuation of our partnership with The Museum of Inuit Art. Courses featuring these partners involve trips to the museums in addition to related programming at Harbourfront Centre.

New additions to the wide variety of fun and challenging programming include Let’s Slam! Spoken Word Poetry, which culminates in a spoken-word showdown; Theatre for Change, a look into performance as social and political action; and Altered Art, in which students are encouraged to represent themselves in new and exciting ways.

Kick off the school year right: Book early and save! School Visits occurring in the months of September and October (excluding Young IFOA dates) qualify for a reduced rate. For additional information on School Visits, visit or call the School Visits at 416-973-4091.

Harbourfront Centre is an innovative, non-profit cultural organization which provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation, all within a collection of distinctive venues on a 10-acre site in the heart of Toronto's downtown waterfront.


Jon Campbell

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