PVA AT CENTRAL
THE CENTRE FOR PERFORMING ARTS AT CENTRAL MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL
Welcome to the Calgary Performing & Visual Arts Parent Foundation Celebration page for the PVA program at Central Memorial High School.
Who We Are
The Performing and Visual Arts Program at Central Memorial prides itself on offering students from across the Calgary region the opportunity to study a variety of artistic disciplines at an advanced level. Students discover and fulfill their creative abilities through the guidance of experienced and accomplished artists in an atmosphere of academic rigour and creative expression. Exploring an artistic discipline every day affords students the unique opportunity to develop skills, deepen knowledge and discover their own voice through the arts. This program provides a strong foundation allowing students to easily transition into post-secondary studies or professional work within the arts community.
We are proud to offer our Grade 12 students the option of taking a specialized course called Leadership In the Arts 35, which upon completion, affords our graduates with the Calgary Board of Education Fine and Performing Arts Certificate.
The PVA program is a diverse and inclusive place for young artists of all abilities to learn. We believe that the very skill of applying, auditioning and interviewing for your program of choice is where an artist’s learning begins with us. While PVA is an auditioned program, there is a place at Central for everyone with a passion for the arts. All students who audition will be offered admission in either their PVA program of choice or the PVA Bridgingcourse in their program of choice. Upon completing their PVA Bridging course, students can audition/interview once more for their program of choice, pending teacher recommendation, and move into the PVA program of choice for semester two.
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Fine Arts Land Acknowledgement
Central Memorial High School stands south and west of where the Bow and Elbow rivers meet, on the traditional territory and in acknowledgement of the traditional practices of the Blackfoot confederacy which includes the Siksika, Kainai, and Piikani, as well as the Tsuut’ina, and Stoney Nakoda which include the Bearspaw, Chiniki, and Wesley First Nations. This territory is also home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3 within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. This land is known by many names to many people, including Moh'kinsstis.
We are grateful for the opportunity to expand our learning through creative collaboration on this land and call it our artistic home as we are all peoples of Treaty 7. We know that this work does not end with acknowledgements but instead it starts with each of us making the commitment to pause and listen, seek understanding, and apply actions that amplify the collective voice within our learning community year after year.
PVA Disciplines are committed to connecting with local organizations that strive to create spaces of reconciliation and inclusion as part of its Artist Residency programming and curriculum delivery.