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. The maximum amount of project funding provided by ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia is $2,000.

Letter of Interest Document

This year, educators can develop and submit ArtsSmarts project Letters of Interest as well as submit expressions of interest in piloting ArtsSmarts project ideas developed by the Program’s Coordinators. Once completed, pilot project activities and resources will be available online for educators to access and use in their classrooms. The maximum funding for each project is $2000 and school funding contributions are not required. For additional information, contact Angela Collier at

The deadline for ArtsSmarts project Letters of Interest for the 2022-2023 school year is Tuesday, October 5, 2022.

ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia Artists

Artists apply to work with the ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia program. 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.

Gallery Coordinator
Angela Collier

Additional Project Considerations

  • This year all projects cab be delivered virtually or in person.
  • Projects take place during the school year for which they are approved and activities are normally conducted during regular class time.

French Language Projects

The Acadian Cultural Federation of Nova Scotia (FéCANE) brings together representatives of organizations working directly to develop the arts and culture sector, organizations working for the development of the Acadian and Francophone community that use arts and culture as development tool and individual artists, whether professional or emerging. In partnership with the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, FéCANE brings GenieArts to francophone classrooms across Nova Scotia. 


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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