AboutBarbara La Pointe

Barbara La Pointe is passionate about art, and about bringing the arts to children and to the Calgary community. Barbara is an art education specialist who has spent nearly two decades teaching art to children and volunteering in the arts and non-profit sector with a special focus on social issues which impact women and children. Her work with the Junior League of Calgary, a women’s organization — that promotes volunteerism, the potential of women, and community improvement — earned her the 2008 Vanessa Leanne Aiston Memorial Award for highest member contribution.

Barbara has also worked with the Ronald McDonald House, NeighbourLink Calgary, Storehouse 39-3-10, Community Kitchen, Reading Wings, Children’s Cottage Society, and the Canada National Institute for the Blind.

Most recently, Barbara worked as Program Director for the non-profit program Run, Jump and Play. For three years she worked strategically with the Art Gallery of Calgary to build and implement a curriculum for the Visual Literacy Component of Run, Jump and Play to benefit at-risk and low-income Calgary families. A graduate of the Alberta College of Art and Design, Barbara owned and operated Michelangelo’s Art Gallery in downtown Calgary. More recently, she has been teaching art to indigenous girls in Calgary through Stardale, and to students at the Siksika Nation school.

A dedicated educator, Barbara advocates the strong link between art and academics. She deeply believes that participation in the arts has the power to strengthen and positively transform children, families, and schools. She has a natural ability to connect with children and a clear passion for art education.

In a world where art is commonly misunderstood, her teaching practice sets out to educate families by opening meaningful dialogues about the arts and our connection to humanity. As a Cree Métis, and a mother of two artistic children, Barbara is committed to creating a world class Children’s Arts Centre in Calgary, a place for children to learn, create and display their art, and heal through art therapy. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Psychotherapy, with an Art Therapy Major, from the University of Alberta.

Her professional associations include being a Certified Golden Artist Educator, a Member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), the National Art Education Association, and the Canadian Society for Education through Art.

Career Highlights

  • Certified NLP Practitioner
  • Erickson College International 2015
  • Certified Professional Life Coach
  • Erickson College International 2014
  • Member of the Writers Guild of Alberta
  • Certified Golden Artist Educator​
  • Member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
  • Professional Member of the National Art Education Association
  • Professional Member of the Canadian Society for Education through Art
  • Serves on the Steering Committee of SOFA-Save our Fine Arts 2012
  • President Calgary Boys’ Choir/Mount Royal University 2012