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The Expressive Arts program supports students who may have experienced or continue to experience challenging life circumstances that impact their daily learning. The program has been particularly successful helping students who have recently come to Canada having experienced refugee camps or other adverse situations to cope with the challenges of settling into a new environment.
Students are guided by Expressive Arts facilitators through arts-based expression and exploration. Working in small peer groups, students use art in a variety of forms and play to express thoughts and feelings that may be difficult for them to put into words.
The goal is to use fine arts as a vehicle to support students' positive integration into school life and supplement their daily learning.
A team of Expressive Arts facilitators trained by program organizer and Langara Instructor, Peta Schur, work with the students. Each facilitator brings with them a breadth of experience working with children, adults, and families in multiple settings.
The program is currently located in 11 targeted elementary sites and one targeted secondary site.