CODE in the County

CODE in the County: Cultivating Creativity

Saturday, November 24th, 2018


41 Barker St, Picton, Ontario, K0K 2T0

Prince Edward County. The County. A collection of towns and villages surrounded by a beautiful rural landscape. Not only is the County a tourist destination, but it is home to several artists in many different mediums.  

CODE in the County - Cultivating Creativity is a one day drama and dance conference focusing on cultivating and building creative capacity in elementary and secondary educators so that they can bring back to their schools, boards, and community. The day is geared toward planting the seeds of knowledge and creativity necessary to reach our students and provide them with rich and diverse arts experiences. Just like the fields around us, we know that if we don’t plant a seed, nothing will grow.

The day will begin with an acknowledgement of the land from local Haudenosaunee representatives, followed by student performances, and workshops for elementary and secondary drama and dance educators. Workshops will be delivered by a cross-section of artists and educators from around Ontario, some of whom are local artists in Prince Edward County such as Paul Snepsts, founder and producer of Toronto Sketch Fest, who lives and works in Picton. The day will culminate in performances by students who have shared in the learning throughout the day, and a keynote address from acclaimed actor and director Bruce Dow, Director of the Festival Players Youth Academy in Prince Edward County.

CODE in the County will be a day that will leave you rejuvenated and ready to tackle the challenges that face you in the days, weeks, and months to come. We look forward to welcoming you to Prince Edward Collegiate Institute for the second part of our 48th annual CODE Conference. We will plant those seeds together. 

Conference Highlights

Dynamic Workshops: Sign up for the pathway that best suits your needs and you will get the chance to partake in three workshops that will leave you with material to bring back to your classroom. Our presenters represent diverse voices and come with a wealth of experience that will be inspiring to learn from and work with. For a breakdown of our workshops, check out the agenda link down below!

Track A: Movement and Dance

Track B: Secondary Drama

Track C: Elementary Drama and Dance

Keynote Address:  Cultivating Creativity is proud to have veteran actor and director, Bruce Dow, as our keynote speaker.  As the current director of the Festival Players of Prince Edward County Youth Academy, Bruce understands the value of the arts in education.  Join us for the culminating talk of our November conference, where Bruce will share with us his passion for theatre and performing and the importance of drama and the arts in education.

Students Drama and Dance Showcase: Some students from local elementary and secondary schools will be joining us for one the workshops.These students will be brought together to work on a movement and drama piece that best encapsulates their learning and where they think their understanding of drama and dance is going.

CODE Social at the Brewery: End the conference by enjoying some refreshments (cash bar) and network with educators and artists from across the province. It will be a celebratory way to end a wonderful conference!



8:30-9:00  Registration Opens (Morning Refreshments)

9:00-9:20  Welcoming Address, Land Acknowledgement and Opening Ceremony

9:30 -11:00  Workshop 1

11:10 - 12:40  Workshop 2

12:40 - 1:40  Lunch (provided)

1:40 - 3:10   Workshop 3

3:20 - 3:50   Keynote Address

3:50 - 4:15    Student Reflective Performance and Closing Remarks

4:30 - 6:00    Offsite Social at the Brewery at 555 Brewing Company (Cash Bar)

REGISTER for Workshop Pathways

Track A: Movement and Dance - Register HERE

Track B: Secondary Drama - Register HERE

Track C: Elementary Drama and Dance - Register HERE


Conference Fees

Conference fees include admission to panel, workshops, and social events, as well as catered lunch, coffee break and social refreshments (cash bar).

CODE Members: $99

 Please note that your CODE membership must be active at the time of the conference.

Non-Members: $129

 Want to become a member to enjoy a discount? Register here!

Students/Retirees: $75

 Students must be enrolled in full-time undergraduate/graduate studies programs.

Early Bird Promo: Register by August 1st, 2018 to be entered in a draw for a Promo (reduced price) Workshop with Alan Faigal!

Directions to Prince Edward County Collegiate (PECI)

 40 Barker Street
Picton, ON K0K 2T0

From Toronto:
Take ON-401 E to County Rd 40 in Quinte West. Take exit 522 from ON-401 E
Turn right onto County Rd 40 (signs for County Road 40 S/Wooler Road S)
Turn right onto Loyalist Pkwy/County Rd 33/Regional Rd 33 (signs for Picton)
Turn left onto Prince Edward County Rd 1(signs for County road 1/Prince Edward/Scoharie Road)
At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Loyalist Pkwy/ON-33 E
Turn left onto Bowery St
Turn right onto Barker St
40 Barker Street is your final destination

From Belleville:
Follow ON-62 S to County Rd 4 in Prince Edward
Turn left onto County Rd 4 (signs for County Road 4/Ben Gill Road)
Turn left onto County Rd 34
Turn right onto Prince Edward County Rd 5(signs for County Road 5)
Continue onto Johnson St
Turn Right onto Barker Street
Final Destination is 40 Barker Street

From Kingston/Ottawa:
Follow ON-401 W to Regional Rd 15 in Marysville. Take exit 566 from ON-401 W
Turn left onto Regional Rd 15 (signs for ON-49 S/Tyendinaga/Marysville Road)
Continue onto ON-49 S
Turn right onto Paul St
Turn right onto Barker St
Final Destination is  40 Barker street on your left

Accommodations (not included)

 1) Travel Lodge By Wyndham Belleville - 11 Bay Bridge Rd, Belleville, ON K8P 3P6 Phone: (613) 968-3411
2) Isaiah Tubbs - 1642 County Rd 12, Prince Edward, ON K0K 2T0 Phone: (613) 393-2090
3) Air BnB - There are several options in Picton and around the County