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The ConocoPhillips Hub for Inspired Learning

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Welcome to the ConocoPhillips Hub for Inspired Learning, a Campus Calgary School Site, where Arts Commons becomes the springboard into curiosity and imagination!

This award-winning program immerses students and teachers in a five-day customized, creative exploration of their year-long inquiry or big question. Working, creating, and learning alongside visual, performing, and technical experts, your class makes meaningful connections to their curriculum, their community, and themselves. Hands-on exploration inspires critical thinking and problem-solving skills, mindfulness, diversity and cultural awareness while discovering the joy of learning alongside their peers. 

Big Question/Inquiry Ideas include:

  • How can our past inform our present and futures?
  • How can I be a change-maker?
  • How can creativity and innovation improve our quality of life?
  • How are we all connected?
  • How does our city respond to change?
  • What are the impacts of my actions?
  • How do we create a sense of place and belonging?
  • How do we take risks and build resiliency within ourselves / our community?
  • What stories can we tell? Whose story can we hear?
  • What is empathy?
  • How do the arts reflect the values found in society?
  • How can we solve problems?

The Application deadline for 2024-2025 school year is Wednesday May 8, 2024. Teachers will find out acceptance / non-acceptance on Thursday May 23, 2024. To find more information about applying for our next year of programs, please email or call 403-294-7414.

Find more information about applying to the ConocoPhillips Hub for Inspired Learning through the Campus Calgary / Open Minds portal.

Questions? Contact our Education Team at 403-294-7414 or

“This is what makes my teaching relevant. I wished we could spend even more time in this space. It is also inspiring spending time with educators who understand the arts. It is reinvigorating and enriches my own experience as a teacher. Thank you for such an incredible week.”

– Teacher

“I just think that I would give this place 80 million stars out of ten!”

– Gr. 5 Student

The Calgary Board of Education is pleased to partner with Campus Calgary Open Minds and Arts Commons to provide our students with unique, experiential learning opportunities outside of the classroom that uncover curriculum through the lens of the arts.

– Trina Hurdman, Chair of the CBE Board of Trustees

“It has really shown me how differing ways of teaching and experiential education can impact the students. It has shown me what the value of taking time to unpack things and find story and meaning in the experience can have on students.”

- Teacher

"At ConocoPhillips Canada, we think the best way to prepare a community for the future is to equip the next generation with the education and skills necessary to help them achieve their full potential. In that vein, we are proud to support Arts Commons, including as the Named Sponsor of the ConocoPhillips Hub for Inspired Learning, as the organization provides students with innovative applied learning and integrated educational programming. Nurturing the critical thinking and problem-solving skills in today’s youth is a tremendous investment in tomorrow."


- Bij Agarwal, President, ConocoPhillips Canada, and member of the Arts Commons Board of Directors

“Thank you so much for helping provide my students with experiences they would not have without you and your support. My class was inspired and shown many wonderful things they are capable of doing. They met artists who they could relate too! Thanks so much!!!”

- Teacher

The Calgary Catholic School District is excited to continue our collaborative relationship with Arts Commons and Campus Calgary Open Minds. With the generous support of ConocoPhillips Canada, our current and future students will have opportunities to discover arts learning in an innovative and vibrant community setting.

– Cheryl Low, Former Chair of the CCSD Board of Trustees

“My students think more deeply about things and have built a strong social community through their time at Arts Commons.”

- Teacher

“This experience was unlike anything we could provide our students in the classroom. The artists brought out new creativity and confidence in the students that I, as their teacher, had never seen before. It was really a once in a lifetime experience. Thank you!!”

- Teacher

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