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History of Valuing and Supporting the Arts at Jackman ICS

Jackman ICS has always believed that education in the arts is essential to students’ intellectual, social, physical, and emotional growth and well-being. Experiences in the Arts, during our weekly Drama, Music, and Visual Arts classes play a valuable role in helping students to achieve their potential as learners and to participate fully in their community and in society as a whole. The Arts provide a natural vehicle through which students can explore and express themselves and whereby they can discover and interpret the world around them. It is well researched that the intellectual and emotional development of children is enhanced by the study of the Arts.


The Patrick Harvie Arts Fund

In 1999, the Patrick Harvie Arts Fund (PHA Fund) was established by the Harvie family in memory of their son Patrick, a JICS alumni, to enhance the arts education and arts experiences for the students of the Lab School by involving professionals from the arts community. It has supported school-wide events such as presentations by touring theatre groups, musicians, dancers and story-tellers, and trips to local theatre productions and to the Stratford Festival.


The fund is operated by the Jackman ICS Parents’ Association, a registered charity. Tax receipts are issued for all donations. Please make cheque payable to the Jackman ICS Parents’ Association and kindly submit at the front desk in reception.


Donations to the JICS PHA Fund extend the connection to the Arts by helping to purchase items such as our school piano, drum sets, and a pottery kiln along with subsidizing our unique “Artist-in-Residence Program”:

  • Clay Potter, Carolynn Bloomer (2009/10)

  • Drummer, Kwasi Dunyo (2010/11)

  • Soulpepper Theatre Company Workshops (2011/12)

  • Photographer, Marina Dempster (2012/13)

  • Story-teller, Dan Yashinsky (2013/14)

  • Stratford Festival Production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (2014/15)

  • Mural Painter, Christi Belcourt of the the Métis Nation & Story Teller, Isaac Murdoch from Serpent River First Nation; Singer, Dione Taylor (2015-2016)

  • Stratford Festival Production of "Twelfth Night" (2017)

  • Visual Artist, Kelly Jazvac (2017-2018)

  • Clay Potter, Paul Stewart (2023, 2024)

If you are interested in making a donation, please submit a cheque payable to the JICS Parents’ Association (subject line:  PHA) and deliver to the lab school receptionist or mail to:




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