For immediate release: June 22, 2010
ALBERTA GOVERNMENT INVESTS $1.3 MILLION IN INNOVATIVE
ROYAL CONSERVATORY PROGRAM IN FORT MCMURRAY
Program funding focused on boosting high school completion rates for aboriginal students
The Royal Conservatory is pleased to announce a three-year, $1.3 million grant from Alberta Justice, provided through its Safe Communities Innovation Fund. The grant will be used to implement arts-based programming aimed at boosting the high school completion rates and life skills of aboriginal youth in the Fort McMurray area. The project will be undertaken by the Conservatory’s pioneering integrative arts program Learning Through the Arts (LTTA).
“We are grateful for this generous funding from the government of Alberta,” said Angela Elster, Vice President, Academic of the Conservatory. “This is a wonderful opportunity for the people of Fort McMurray and other northern Alberta communities to collaborate in creating outstanding opportunities for aboriginal youth to develop their full potential through music and the arts. The Conservatory has developed educational and social programs reflecting the learning traditions of First Nations peoples for nearly a decade. We are honoured to work with our many colleagues, friends, and partners in Fort McMurray, Fort McKay, and other northern Alberta communities to help make their vision for the future of youth and strong resilient communities a reality.”
These programs are further supported by TELUS, LTTA’s National Technology Sponsor since 2005, and the Suncor Energy Foundation, its Lead Aboriginal Partner since 2007. These organizations continue to help LTTA connect youth in Fort McMurray and across the country with innovative programs that make a difference in their lives.