A Free Arts, Heritage & Culture Program for all Publicly Funded Oakville Elementary Schools

Why has the Oakville Community Foundation created this wonderful community-based Arts, Heritage and Culture Program?

Inspired by The United Nations and the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development, we’ve developed our own specific goal for youth in Oakville: “No Child left behind”.  Community Classroom is just one program tackling this issue.  What has inspired our focus are the challenges we know to exist in Oakville, such as:

  • Did you know that 1 in 8 children under the age of 18 live in poverty in Oakville?
  • Or that 14.2 per cent of Oakville families live in subsidized family units?
  • Residents living in poverty is defined by the after-tax Low Income Measure (LIM-AT). LIM-AT is half of the median adjusted household income where house-hold needs are taken into account.
  • In 2015, a person with after-tax income less than $22,133 or a family of four with income less than $44,266 is considered living in poverty.

These are just a few of the reason’s The Foundation developed Community Classroom.

ATTENTION TEACHERS – Booking for 2019-20 will be available mid-August

All Community Classroom programs are curriculum-based, and provided in partnership with local arts and culture groups. They are designed to help Oakville’s youngest residents better understand their community, as well as deepen their knowledge about arts, culture and heritage. Through this program, The Foundation hopes to support the education of Oakville’s students, as well as solidify the connection between local schools, cultural institutions, and local organizations.

Grade by Grade Programming

In-School Programming

JK-SK        Arts Performances (ArtHouse, Oakville Symphony Orchestra, Oakville Chamber Orchestra, Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton, CRASH Rhythm)

Grade 1-2         Arts Performances (ArtHouse, Oakville Symphony Orchestra, Oakville Chamber Orchestra, Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton, CRASH Rhythm)

Grade 3            Early Settlers (Oakville Museum)

Grade 4           Artist in the Classroom (Oakville Galleries)

Outside of School Programming (Busing included but must be booked by teacher: please see grade-specific bus codes below)

Grade 5           Indigenous Guided Moccasin Trail Walk (Bronte Creek Heritage Trail and Sixteen Mile Creek Heritage Trail Inner Valley)
                          Bus Code: CC5

Grade 6           Underground Railway (Oakville Museum)
                          Bus Code: CC6

Grade 7           Studio Arts (QEPCCC)
                          Bus Code: CC7

Grade 8           Visions of Turtle Island (Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts)
                          Bus Code: CC8

The Foundation will provide funding for in-school performances, instruction, bussing and admission to local cultural institutions. Partial funding will be provided by repurposing funds from two of The Foundation’s Grants Programs – the Ontario Endowment for Children & Youth and the Oakville Heritage Trust.

We are indebted to our Corporate partners for their support and endorsement of this program.

Toronto Pearson – Title Connecting sponsor

Ontario Trillium Foundation – JK/SK and Grade 4 sponsor

Genworth Canada – In-school performance sponsor

TD – Grade 8 Visions of Turtle Island