The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts Program at Central Memorial High School is
designed to give students an enriched, three-year experience in one of the following
~ Music - Band
~ Music - Choral
~ Music - Strings
~ Theatre Arts
~ VisualArt/Advanced Placement StudioArt
~ Fashion Design (beginning Sept. 2016)
~ Media Design Arts (beginning Sept. 2016)
Exploring one of these art areas for an extended period of time affords students a unique
opportunity to develop skills, deepen knowledge, and discover their own voice through the
The PVA Program is rigorous and demanding. Throughout the school year, participating
students are provided with a wide variety of learning opportunities. Students will receive
daily instruction in their chosen discipline.
Our mission is to foster personal excellence in performing and visual arts students within
a culture of artistic development, independent thinking, technical mastery and creative
The Centre for Performing & Visual Arts at Central Memorial prides itself on offering students
the opportunity to study music, visual art, theatre arts, or dance at a comprehensive and
advanced level. Students discover and fulfill their individual creative abilities through the
guidance of experienced and accomplished staff in an atmosphere of academic challenge
and creative expression. Exploring one of these areas for an extended period of time affords
students the unique opportunity to develop skills,
deepen knowledge, and discover their own voice
through the arts.
Along with meeting provincially and locally developed curriculum requirements we endeavor to
fulfill the following school-based objectives:
~ To provide a program of instruction in which connections are made between the arts
and the academics, by highly qualified educators and artists.
~ To promote student growth through sequentially developed projects, discussions and
opportunities for creative thinking.
~ To encourage students to take risks and meet personal challenges in a safe, caring
~ To provide a balance between process and product and between discipline and creativity.
~ To provide opportunities to develop thinking processes in students that will facilitate learning
~ To provide for student uniqueness by encouraging freedom of choice and expression within
the parameters of the projects.
~ Provide for positive self-esteem and fostering school culture by displaying of student projects
or providing venues for student performance and by constructive criticism and evaluation.
~ To promote a positive environment through the use of visually stimulating material such as
displays and fine art appreciation material.
~ To promote public engagement through:
(i) Community showcases
(ii) Opportunities for continuing education programs for both younger students and adults
operated by both staff and students.
The Centre is open to grade 10-12 students from the Calgary area: Grade 10 is the preferred entry
point to this 3-year program. All students who apply to the PVA program are required to fill out
an application and participate in an audition and/orinterviewand maintain a high standard of
commitment to the program upon acceptance. Students accepted into the program must have an
artistic ability (either demonstrated or potential) and a desire to grow artistically and academically.
Application forms may be accessed through our website at: