Shelter Valley Folk Festival's "Artists in the Schools" program is a part of our year round activities as an arts organization and Registered Charity based in Northumberland County.

Beginning in 2004, Shelter Valley launched its signature Labour Day weekend festival. A few years later SVFF added a Community Concert Series bringing artists from across Canada and beyond to our area, added a Local Songwriters Showcase revealing the talent of regional artists, and the Artists in the Schools (AITS) program.

The Artists in the Schools program is a part of Shelter Valley Folk Festival’s original vision to grow an appreciation and knowledge of music and the arts in Northumberland communities for all ages.

After a great deal of planning AITS launched its first series in 2008 in and around Grafton, Ontario. The program has now grown to about six sessions annually.

It has been enjoyed by a wide range of grade levels, from private to public schools, and in venues from local schools and churches to major performance halls welcoming multiple schools.

In a few short years AITS has visited most corners and boundary points of Northumberland County.

The AITS presentations are each different in their theme, but always about growing knowledge and a passion for music in our youth. We have introduced very young audiences to their first concert, held multiple day sessions teaching music history often combining local themes such as agriculture, and brought older students nationally known performers.

The AITS program offers learning through music, expanding a student's knowledge and experience, helping to build self esteem in our young people.

Shelter Valley’s AITS program brings to Northumberland some of Canada’s most exciting artists, many JUNO awarded. All are acclaimed singer songwriters (Joel Plaskett, Chris McKhool, Old Man Luedecke), and music educators specializing in bringing the art of creating and understanding music to students of all ages (Mike Ford, Katherine Wheatley, Ariana Gillis). Each has the magic and skill to capture young people’s enthusiasm and attention (Magoo, Sheesham & Lotus, Sho’ Mo and the Monkey Bunch).

Shelter Valley Folk Festival’s Artists in the Schools program is grateful for requests to return, and also follows its vision of offering the program to as many new students and schools as possible – taking on all of the planning and costs.

The AITS program is an important part of Shelter Valley’s year and as a non profit arts organization and Registered Federal Charity. Its budget is set aside by our organization to help grow and enrich Artists in the Schools. We are very grateful for contributions supporting this program.         

A sampling of creations from Northumberland Students

and the Artists in the Schools Program

The Sounds of “Spring”

Written and Performed by Grades 4 and 5 at Roseneath Centennial School, Roseneath, Ontario with thanks to artist/educator
Katherine Wheatley (right).

 

 Click Here to catch the sounds of “Spring”

"THE MOO SONG"

Written by Ms. Carson's Grade 4 and 5 class, St. Mary's School, Campbellford, Ontario during a series titled "Musical Harvest Project" during which students learned about the history of music making in rural Ontario along with their region's own agricultural history and the sector's importance to the community to this day. With thanks to Sheesham & Lotus, Mike Ford and The Canada Council for the Arts.

From the farm to the factory comin' down the line
Give it a taste, it's so divine

MILK IS GOOD FOR ME AND MILK IS GOOD FOR YOU
IF YOU DRINK ENOUGH OF IT YOU'LL MOO MOO MOO

You got your goat's milk, sheep's milk, cow's milk too
Drink it in the morning and you'll feel brand new

MILK IS GOOD FOR ME AND MILK IS GOOD FOR YOU
IF YOU DRINK ENOUGH OF IT YOU'LL MOO MOO MOO

Tastes so good it's like I'm in a dream
It's in so many things like yogurt, cheese and ice cream

Yogurt, cheese and ice cream (what I say?)
Yogurt, cheese and ice cream

MILK IS GOOD FOR ME AND MILK IS GOOD FOR YOU
IF YOU DRINK ENOUGH OF IT YOU'LL MOO MOO MOO

MOO MOO MOO (what you say?)
MOO MOO MOO (what?)
MOO MOO MOO

Got Milk !!!