Enhancing the Lives of Boys Through the Arts

4 – 6 May 2017
Selwyn House School
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Arts educators and administrators, gather together in Montreal, dubbed “Canada’s Cultural Capital,” to explore the challenges and opportunities of working with boys through arts education programs in our schools. Join your colleagues for the IBSC Enhancing the Lives of Boys Through the Arts Conference, 4-6 May 2017, at Selwyn House School in Montreal, Quebec, Canada — a city that sizzles with creativity.

Designed for K-12 teachers from all of the arts (e.g., visual arts, music, theater, dance, and more), this unique conference gives teachers and administrators the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions with peers and delve into topical issues, including:

  • How do we best support our athlete-artists?
  • How do we encourage and support vulnerability and self-awareness?
  • How do we navigate issues of systemic oppression, prejudice, and cultural appropriation?
  • How do we use our medium to support social justice?
  • How do we carve out a bigger piece of the pie for all the arts?
  • What other issues do we face and want time to explore?

Expert researchers in the fields of education and gender studies will provide a framework for assessing and enhancing our individual programs.

See firsthand how a small boys’ school carves out limited time, space, and resources to offer a dynamic and meaningful arts program. Plus, visit Montreal and experience a diverse and rich cultural city on the verge of festival season as a vibrant spring replaces winter. Return to your school filled with a deeper understanding of your role and the power of arts education, including creative and exciting initiatives and ideas to enhance your entire school and the lives of your students.

Program Schedule

The conference program begins with registration on the afternoon of Thursday, 4 May 2017, and continues with panel discussions, workshops, sessions, and meals (including a Friday evening dinner reception). Review the detailed draft program schedule (subject to change) for complete details. Updates will be published as they are available.


Take advantage of the early bird rate for IBSC Members when you register by 7 April 2017, at 11:59 PM EDT. Registration closes at 11:59 PM EDT on Wednesday, 26 April 2017. Consult conference registration for additional details. Register now.


Le Meridian
1808 Sherbrooke Avenue West
Montreal, Quebec
H3H 1E5

Group Name: Selwyn House Int Boys Conference
Group code: SHE04S

Register by 4 April 2017 to get the special conference rate. Simply email reservations@versailleshotels.com and mention the group code SHE04S.