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In the Spotlight

Invoking the Imagination: Connection, Inspiration, and Learning

Samantha Whelan Kotkas shares successful strategies and ideas for collaborative, arts-based learning. These community-building ideas support the development of a personal relationship to the arts in people of all ages. 

Current Programs

  • Professional Development Workshops in Music for Teachers


    Get hands-on performance and coaching tips from some of the finest musicians in the NAC Orchestra, who are equally renowned for their performance skills and expertise as teachers! Possible in-person workshops … read more

  • When Women Play: Celebrating Women in Classical Music,...

    Virtual Workshop for Teachers with Samantha...

      Professional Learning for Teachers

    This virtual workshop for teachers will feature music traditionally performed by women and composed by female composers. We will look at their work and discuss ways to encourage the creativity of your students. Samantha … read more

  • Engaging Band Students through Technology

    Digital Workshop for Teachers with Arlene...

      Post-secondary, Professional Ages 18+

    How can we use digital tools to motivate learners in band programs? Join Saskatchewan-based French horn player and teaching artist Arlene Shiplett as she guides you through the latest applications, websites, and tools … read more

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    Volunteer at the NAC

    The NAC is committed to creating a warm, safe, and inclusive environment where the unique gifts of volunteers are recognized and nurtured.

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    Indigenous words colouring pages

    Colouring pages featuring artwork created by Indigenous artists from the regions where these languages are spoken. Join us in colouring in these pages and share your work!

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    Friends of the NAC Orchestra

    If you love music, want to support the NAC Orchestra, further the education of our young musicians, and have fun – think about joining Friends of the NAC Orchestra.

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Learning and engagement at Canada’s National Arts Centre is made possible through the support of many generous individuals and organizations from across the country. The Music Alive Program is made possible thanks to the leadership support of National Partner, The Azrieli Foundation, and Major Supporters, The Slaight Family Foundation and TD Bank Group. Thank you also to Grant and Alice Burton, Canada Life, A Donor-Advised Fund at the Community Foundation of Ottawa, Friends of the NAC Orchestra, Donors to the NAC Foundation's Future Fund, The Janice and Earle O’Born Fund for Artistic Excellence, and the donors and sponsors of the NAC’s National Youth and Education Trust, the primary resource for youth and education funding at the National Arts Centre.