Are you curious about how our Fine Arts Specialists are integrating the arts into curriculum? Find daily stories of their creative, cross-curricular work on Twitter, using #ThanksToYouHalifax. Students throughout the HRCE are experiencing all sorts of enhanced arts opportunities through our amazing HRA program! Kim Cain is our newest Fine Arts Specialist. Ms. Cain’s role is to help students explore fine arts through an African Nova Scotian lens. Find out how she has been bringing cultural awareness and experiences through the arts to HRCE classrooms in this video (right). Other February Highlights: • The Nelson Whynder Choir was busy this month performing with Symphony Nova Scotia’s Youth Orchestra in the Black is Beautiful concert (above). • HRA partnered with the Black Artists Network of Nova Scotia (BANNS) this month as schools took part in a tour and art activities at the Chase Gallery, Public Archives of Nova Scotia for their Paintings and Quilts Exhibit, led by David Woods (above right). • The full-day Winterlude performance included choirs, bands, orchestras and Orffestra at the McInnes Room at Dalhousie University. • The HRA Wind Ensemble performed the Divine Comedy at St. Andrew’s Church featuring Symphony Nova Scotia’s Principle oboist, Suzanne Lemieux. • The HRA Symphony performed Gord Downie’s Secret Path at St. Andrew’s Church featuring soprano Deantha Edmunds, Canada’s first and only Inuk classical singer. • High school students from across HRCE are now in rehearsals for Romeo and Juliet, an HRA Shakespeare performance scheduled for May. • A number of high schools had the opportunity to take part in the Regional Improv Competition at Dartmouth High School. • The Beginner Blast string workshops and Concert Band workshops were held in Dartmouth as well as orchestra workshops in Halifax. • Brass, woodwind, percussion, string, choral, and theatre clinicians continued to work with students and teachers to enhance and improve both skills and classroom practices throughout the HRCE. Equitable Education Fine Arts Programming 7 #ThanksToYouHalifax Improving Student Achievement