Programs

  • Act Now: Climate Action through the Arts

    Digital Workshop with Ryan Elliot Drew

      Grades 7-12 Ages 12-18

    Offered in English only How can the arts respond to the climate emergency? This interactive workshop positions artists as agents of much needed environmental change. To begin the workshop, students will explore the … read more

  • AMAZI'YA – Bringing characters to life!

    Virtual workshop with...

      Grades 4-8 Ages 8+

    Offered in English only This 60-minute workshop is completely dedicated to bringing out the laughter, the silly, the fun and the Amazing creation in developing characters for the stage, narrative or even film. We … read more

  • Camping au musée

    Writing workshop led by Anne-Marie Guilmaine

      Grades 4 to 8 Ages 9-14

    Offered in French Only Imagine that you sneak into the museum at night, all alone, to look at works of art, each more mysterious, funny and intriguing than the last ... You discover … read more

  • Career Exploration in Arts Administration

    virtual workshop

      High school-Cégep/University

    Are your high school students considering a career in Arts Administration? Participants will meet a group of arts administrators from the National Arts Centre’s Music, Theatre and/or Dance departments in a casual … read more

  • Coffee with a Choreographer

    digital conversation

      Professional

    Now in its fifth year, Coffee with a Choreographer will be reinvented this season as a digital offering until we can regroup again live. “C with a C”  provides unique opportunities to exchange ideas with … read more

  • Creating a Rap Song

    digital workshop with Zoey Roy

      Grades 4–12

    Offered in English only Cree-Dene-Métis rapper and spoken-word poet Zoey Roy will explore beat-making and lyric-writing with your class, to create their own original rap song. Objectives: Music, Language … read more

  • Creating a Theatrical Time Capsule

    virtual workshop with Kristina Watt

      Grade 4–10

    Offered in English only In this interactive workshop, students will apply a blend of imagination and current life experience to write and perform one collective story: the story of youth, living now. Curriculum … read more

  • Creative Artist Residency: Songwriting

    with YAO (in French)

      Grade 5-12 Ages 10-18

    Available in French only Designed specifically for the Ontario Arts Council’s Artists in Residence (Education) program, this five-hour residency explores the links between writing (poetry), literature and various … read more

  • Creative Economy 101

    Digital Workshop with Ryan Elliot Drew

      Grades 10-12 Ages 14-18

    Offered in English only How can artists and creatives change the world? This workshop is meant to elevate the student's understanding of the creative economy — the vast system of global networks that support … read more

  • Discovering the Hidden Side of Object Theatre

    Workshop with Le Théâtre de la Pire Espèce

      Grade 7 to 12 Ages 12-16

    This workshop is only offered in French. WORKSHOP What is object theatre? This artform, despite being unknown to the general population, is worth discovering as it can offer vast possibilities for creators. … read more

  • Hip Hop Theatre: Unlocking your creative mind through beats...

    virtual workshop with Omari Newton

      Grade 5 to adult Ages 10+

    Artist and educator Omari Newton will teach students how to find their authentic voice and tell stories through an exploration of Hip Hop theatre. Combining elements of spoken word poetry, contemporary theatre, and … read more

  • Introduction to Acting and Performance

    virtual workshop with Kate Smith

      Grades 7–12 Ages 12+

    Offered in English only This workshop introduces participants to the most important tools an actor has at their disposal: their voice, their body – and their creativity. Learn the basics of how to make simple … read more

  • L’École à l’œuvre : La boîte-paysage

    Artist residency with Marie-Eve Fontaine

      4e à la 8e année Ages 10-14

    *Available Winter 2022* Receive an artist in residence in your classroom!  The imagination knows no bounds. With it, we explore, we invent, we fly away, we solve, we dream. Imagination allows us … read more

  • Moving Stories

    collaborative dance creation workshop series

      Grade 7–12

    Offered in English only Keep your students engaged by creatively connecting the dots between movement and storytelling. The project was spearheaded by OCDSB Dance Educator Allison Carrier and NAC Dance Education … read more

  • Music Circle: virtual workshop

    for students with exceptionalities

      Kindergarten–Grade 12

    The Music Circle is a unique opportunity for students with exceptionalities to explore orchestral instruments and their sounds, while also developing their auditory, motor, social and motivation skills through an … read more

  • MusicFest Canada: The Nationals

      Grade 6-12 Ages 12-19

    The National Arts Centre collaborates with artists and arts organizations across Canada to help create a national stage for the performing arts, and acts as a catalyst for performance, creation and learning across the … read more

  • NAC Orchestra Bursary Competition

      Secondary, Post-secondary Ages 16+

    The prime objective of the competition is to encourage the pursuit of excellence on the part of young instrumentalists aspiring to orchestral careers. Each year, a jury identifies deserving recipients through audition … read more

  • Presentation Workshop: Auditioning, Public Speaking and...

    virtual workshop with Kate Smith

      Grade 9-12 Ages 13+

    Offered in English only Do you have an audition coming up? A public speaking engagement? A job interview? Want to learn the skills needed to hold their attention? Stand out by learning the tricks of the trade from a … read more

  • Scene Workshop

    virtual workshop with Kate Smith

      Grade 9-12 Ages 13+

    Offered in English only In this workshop, participants will be cast in scenes from plays and learn the steps necessary to break them down. Participants will gain an understanding of Beats, Relationships, Objectives, … read more

  • Songwriting Tips and Tricks

    with YAO

      Grade 5-12 Ages 10-18

    Available in English or French Designed specifically for the Ontario Arts Council’s Artists in Residence (Education) program, this workshop explores the links between writing (poetry), literature and various … read more

  • Songwriting with Ila Barker

    virtual artist residency

      Grade 6–12

    Students will learn the fundamentals of songwriting and write their own song(s) with Winnipeg musician and teaching artist Ila Barker. Timeline: Five hours over a 2 to 5 week period Grades: Elementary Grades 6-8 … read more

  • Virtual Instrumental Workshops

    with NAC Orchestra musicians

      Secondary

    With a focus on enhancing secondary school music programs, the Virtual Workshop sessions provide music students with learning opportunities with the help of Canada’s NAC Orchestra musicians. Tailored for your … read more

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.

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