MASC's programs fit within school's specialized programs such as Indigenous Education, Specialized High Skills Majors (SHSMs) and Experiential Learning.
Specialized High Skills Majors Programs: SttArts
Storytelling Through the Arts (SttArts) is an 8-week artist in residency program during which students will be mentored in storytelling, event management, and video production. At the end of the program, students will organize a final showcase where the short videos of the stories will be screened along with an engaging storytelling performance by Jacqui Du Toit and a poetry performance by JustJamaal ThePoet. As developed with the OCDSB, SHSM Students will obtain their SPE, Reach Ahead, Experiential learning and the certificate indicated with each Artist.
Experiential Learning: The Connection
The Connection: Spoken Word and Cinepoetry Mentorship is an 8-week artist in residency program. Students will be mentored in three interconnected areas: the art of spoken word, video production and distribution, and event management. At the end of the program, students will organize a final showcase of live performances and videos. This cross-disciplinary and experiential learning project will offer an overarching view of the arts - students will understand the Arts sector's complexities, making connections to community issues and professional career interests.
Videos for Experiential Learning: The Connection
Experiential Learning / Indigenous Education: FLOW
FLOW is a new workshop series offered by Skeleton Key Theatre and Ottawa Riverkeeper that inspires youth to become stewards of the Ottawa River by understanding their impact on the watershed through artistic exploration. Since time immemorial, the Ottawa River has flowed through this watershed, the traditional, unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinabeg First Nations. What can Indigenous, arts-based, and scientific understandings of flowing water teach us about how to live in better relationships with the land, river, and each other? In this multidisciplinary and experiential workshop series for high school students, a combination of science, Indigenous knowledge, and dramatic performance strengthen students’ connections with the watershed. Over the course of a 5-day residency, students will create their own performance piece around the concept of flow and how it pertains to water, time, bodies, and the relationships between these elements.
Indigenous Education: Elder & Artist in Residency
The Elder and Artist in Residency Program is an arts education program that pairs an Indigenous Elder with a MASC artist and offers students an in-depth and enriched artistic experience, providing an alternative lens to understand Indigenous ways of Knowing, Thinking, Feeling, and Being. The project introduces students to Indigenous culture through the arts. The Elder introduces students to Indigenous teachings through storytelling and songs, exploring concepts like the knowledge of the land, the sacredness of water, holism, interrelatedness, reciprocity, Turtle Island, among other teachings. Each project results in a mural installed permanently in the school.
MASC is proud to offer many Indigenous programs featuring dancing, storytelling and theatre performances, hands-on art projects and more. In 2020, MASC established an Indigenous Advisory Committee comprised of Elders representing First Nations, the Algonquin Anishinaabe Host Nation, the Métis Nation and the Inuit community.
The Committee focused on the importance of respecting cultural protocols in the context of MASC’s Indigenous programs through the following cultural protocols:
• being honoured by your community
• having the permission and support from your community to deliver teachings
• being connected and active in your community