Local Students   Art's Alive and Well in the Schools and IIHTAOMOIPIYOTSIYO’PI

May 7, 2017 - June 11, 2017

Opening reception: Sunday, May 7 at 1 PM
Reception sponsored by Pratt & Whitney

40th Annual Art's Alive and Well in the Schools

In 1976 the Southern Alberta Art Gallery opened its doors. The following year we made a commitment to providing formative opportunities for Lethbridge students from Kindergarten to grade 12. Through Art’s Alive and Well in the Schools, we have been able to honour youthful creativity by exhibiting their work in a leading contemporary art gallery. Now in its 40th year, we estimate Art’s Alive has exhibited nearly 16,000 pieces over the decades.

This exhibition continually reminds us that art is a fundamental aspect of learning and development. The art works use a wide variety of media and techniques – from the humble cotton ball to charcoal and even vinyl records! Each year we are astounded by the way students show their unique capacity for thought, expressing everything from political views to the inner workings of the natural world in their art. Many use art as their voice, and through it they process their world and create a dialogue about topics central to their lives. Over the years we have seen students tackle the pressures of social media, commercial culture, growing up, and more. In addition to the hard work and dedication of students, we commend the dedication of teachers and school administrators who work tirelessly to craft a learning environment for the modern world.

The Southern Alberta Art Gallery would like acknowledge the partnership of Lethbridge School District 51, as well as the Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Separate Regional Division No. 4.

Artist totes for Art’s Alive & Well in the Schools sponsored by Sigma Rho 2 Engineering.


Students from Tatsikiisaapo’p Middle School (Kainai Board of Education) worked collectively with students from Bob Edwards School (Calgary Board of Education) to explore, experience, and understand Truth and Reconciliation when expressed between two communities, two schools, and two diverse groups of students. Tatsikiisaapo’p Middle School students carefully guided students from Bob Edwards through this artistic and cultural journey to assist their respective peers with a deeper understanding of the true historical relationship between First Nations people and Canada and how this relationship has affected First Nations people in Canada through a Blackfoot youth’s perspective.

The students from both schools worked together with Arts Specialist/Teacher, Andrea T.J. Fox (KBE) and Learning Leader/ Teacher Danielle Badeev (CBE) as well as Project Consultants including Department of History graduate student Shaneen Fox and Human Rights Educator Brenda Johnston, to gain accurate and clear understandings of the historical issue they were enquiring about. From these shared circles, the students completed art works that reflected their knowledge and a new relationship founded on respect.

IIHTAOMOIPIYOTSIYO’PI is a collaboration between Tatsiikiisapo’p Middle School – Kainai Board of Education and Bob Edwards School – Calgary Board of Education in partnership with Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre, University of Calgary (October 2016 to June 2017).

Funding assistance for these exhibitions from the Canada Council for the Arts, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the City of Lethbridge.

Gallery School
From May 8 to June 9 the Southern Alberta Art Gallery is delighted to offer FREE Gallery School. Bring your class or community group to SAAG for a tour and hands-on art activity, and experience first hand the rich creativity of artists in our community and region. To book your tour contact Taylor Crozon, Public Engagement Coordinator at 403.327.8770 x 29 or education@saag.ca. Book early, as tour spots fill up quickly.

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