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Stories from the Arts

TDSB to Open Two New Secondary Arts Programs in September 2024

TDSB is thrilled to announce the expansion of its Secondary Arts programs for the 2024-25 school year. These new Central Student Interest Programs create new opportunities, making it easier for students to access arts programs across the city.

Located in the northwest and northeast of the city at Westview Centennial Secondary School and Woburn Collegiate Institute, each program will focus on various forms of arts that may include dance, visual arts, drama, film and music. The new programs will be centred around student interest and voice, inclusive curriculum, and focus on the creative process. There will be robust integration of digital media and digital arts production in each program.

TDSB students performing a play

The Magic of Music at George Webster ES

For the 720 students at George Webster Elementary School, music is not an add-on; it lies at the heart of school life.


TDSB students holding up a Pancake sign
Art n’ Mind: Student-led Initiative to Raise Mental Health Awareness While Supporting Young Artists

When Etobicoke School of the Arts students noticed the inequalities surrounding Toronto’s mental health landscape and the lack of accessibility to mental health services, they started to do some research and were shocked by the stigma surrounding mental health and mental health illnesses in Toronto.


TDSB students performing a play
Making refugee stories come alive: Lawrence Heights Middle School

The purpose of every dramatic performance is to entertain, but the students and staff at Lawrence Heights Middle School made sure to educate and change perceptions when they performed their annual spring production ‘A Chamada’ (The Call) A Wake for Refugees.


students are playing brass instruments in school

TDSB Expands Itinerant Music Instructors (IMIs) to More Schools

Starting this school year, the TDSB has expanded its IMI enrichment program to include 17 new schools. As a result of this expansion, more than 1,200 new students will have access to the program through 1,600 new IMI hours.


TDSB Students Train with International Dancers At National Ballet School

This week, students from West Hill Collegiate Institute shed their backpacks and pencils to take part in a unique workshop that teaches creativity and team building through dance.


Romeo baby-o, baby-o: Forest Hill CI steps into provincial theatre spotlight

Forest Hill CI has qualified for a provincial theatre showcase in Brantford, May 8 to 11. The school’s production of The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet, by Peter Bloedel