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Residencies (artist in residence experiences)

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The Residency experience to inspire your students…   
Tap the universal language of music to boost learning!

Residency Overview

The educational experience of a lifetime! Puffin Productions has been designing and delivering, innovative, tailor-made artist-in-residence programs for over ten years.  A limited number of bookings are available each year. 

Renowned Facilitator! Peter Lenton, B.Ed., is a former classroom teacher, Outdoor / Experiential Educator, curriculum specialist, and current multiple award-winning professional development workshop / musical keynote presenter… who offers outstanding, inspiring residency experiences for the whole school community!  Schools see Peter as a master resource person… before, during and after the residency celebration.

AFHA logoGrant funding of up to $15,000!  Available from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, through their
Artists and Education program.

Peter is an expert at helping schools submit proposals that cover 50 – 75% of costs.  This is an extraordinary opportunity!  We have a 100% success rate with collaborative funding proposals.  Please contact us asap ahead of the April 1st deadline.

Students are thrilled to interact with an Internationally touring artist!  Under the guidance of a JUNO Award winning musician, and multiple ATA Award winning educator… one option is to have students write, record and perform their own songs!  In a 5 day(flexible) Artist-in-Residence, Peter will work with each class to guide them in the process of taking their own curriculum-tied ideas, and putting them to music.  

The creative process of recording and producing a school CD and Songbook, and then exploring how this could even be taken to market, represents a real life learning example of 21st Century Education.  And it is just another of many options available.  Let us know your vision!  Each week-long residency is custom-made to celebrate current, community and school-wide themes.

Residency Time-Line

October – March

  • School and artist collaborate on grant proposal.
  • Artist and school pencil in residency dates for next school year.
  • Schools are welcome to contact us anytime if not applying for grant.

April 1st

  • deadline for funding proposal submission to AFA.

June - Sept  

  • historically when grant results released.

Oct – May

  • Pre-residency activities / efficient teacher input.

Residency “week” – usually 3-6 days

  • Day #1 – opening Welcome Assembly Concert
  • Day #1 to last day (AM) – up-close workshops with artist
  • Last day(PM) – Sharing Celebration Concert!


  • binder of reinforcement activities

Residency Benefits

  • ongoing programming over school year or longer stays at one time
  • using arts to teach environmental science
  • tapping music (for the yet to be musically trained) to teach all curriculum areas
  • curriculum tied outdoor and experiential Education
  • integrated program planning with teachers to lessen prep/teaching load
  • using Multiple Intelligences theory to reach more students
  • boosting self esteem
  • community related curriculum
  • bring the community in and getting the kids out into the community
  • schoolyard and offsite environmental education opportunities
  • helping students create their own performances for assembly presentations
  • hands-on, activity based mini-workshops for teachers that offer ready-to-use, time tested activities for immediate use in the classroom
  • lesson plans to teach new curricula as they are finalised
  • Other approaches and components as requested by staff