ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia

ArtsSmarts is a Canada-wide education initiative dedicated to improving the lives and learning capacity of Canadian children and youth by supporting innovative arts-based learning projects in schools. In this province, the program is operated as ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia with support from Arts Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia allows the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and partners to develop, fund and promote our cultural resources with school communities throughout Nova Scotia.

Project Funding Application Procedure

Schools interested in receiving ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia project funding are invited to submit a Letter of Interest. View the Letter of Interest Guidelines here. Schools are also required to contribute 30 per cent of their project’s total cost. The maximum amount of project funding provided by ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia is $3,000. For example, if a project’s total budget is $2500, the school would contribute $750 and ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia would contribute $1750.


  • The deadline for Letters of Interest for the 2019-2020 school year is Wednesday October 9, 2019

ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia Artists

Artists apply to work with the ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia program. New artists must submit their application one month prior to the current Letter of Interest deadline. Once approved, artists are listed according to their main artistic discipline and the school board region where they live. Artists that are already listed with ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia do not need to reapply to the program.

Because we are dedicated to integrating art into all aspects of the curriculum we want to assist schools in developing successful projects, designed especially to suit the needs of their students and to support the vision of their teachers. We want to help. Please do not hesitate to contact us.

ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia Coordinator
Kris Webster

Additional Project Considerations

  • Projects are expected to run a minimum of five full school days/10 half school days.
  • Artists are paid $250 per day/$125 per half day plus travel and expenses.
  • Include planning time (normally 2-4 hours, $40 per hour) so artists and teachers can plan their project sessions in detail.
  • Projects take place during the school year for which they are approved and activities are normally conducted during regular class time.


Sample ArtsSmarts projects from previous years:  2012-2013 [docx]  |  2013-2014 [docx]  |  2014-2015 [docx]  |  2015-2016 [docx]

Visit our Artists Directory

Artist Application
Artists who want to work on an ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia project must apply to be listed with the program and submit an up-to-date resume or CV (emailed to: ). Additional application support materials may be mailed to: ArtsSmarts, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 1723 Hollis Street, Po 2262, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 3C8. Please include a mailing address if you would like these materials returned.

Artists that are already listed with ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia do not need to reapply to the program. New applications must be submitted one month prior to the Project Letter deadline to be considered for work on a project.

Artist application form



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