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Family and youth programming

Ignite your creative spirit with the NAC’s engaging family programs and free digital resources.

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“To me, art is a way to unleash one’s wildest ideas and create thought-provoking original work.”

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  • An off-the-road experience


    Creative projects, videos, multiple resources and learning tools—that’s just a taste of what’s on offer for you to explore anytime, in the classroom or even in your living room

  • Music

    Music Circle workshop series for special needs students

    A unique opportunity for students with special needs to explore string, woodwind, brass or percussion instruments in a supportive and professional environment.

  • workshop series


    A free music workshop series for youth aged 13 to 25 curated by Manitoba singer-songwriter Ila Barker. Participants and artists are invited to share their own music, stories, and music biz tips in a fun and safe creative forum.

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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.