Arts Program Comes To Schools

Arts Program Comes To Schools

Victoria Minister for Education Martin Dixon

$213,000 To Bring The Arts To The Classroom

Victor P Taffa

Six Victorian arts organisations will swap the stage for the classroom in 2012 thanks to the latest round of grants through the Victorian Government’s Extended School Residencies program.

Minister for Education Martin Dixon today visited Mahogany Rise Primary School in Frankston North to announce the six Victorian schools that will share in $213,000 in grants to support a range of arts projects that will extend and strengthen student learning across the curriculum.

“Engagement with the arts can have a powerful effect on young people.” Mr. Dixon said.

“The arts teach us how to think creatively, explore possibilities and take challenges in new and diverse ways. These skills help us in a range of areas beyond the arts, leading to higher self-esteem, encouraging teamwork and supporting social and personal development.”

Through the Extended School Residencies program, arts organisations will work within a school for a minimum of two terms.

Mr. Dixon said this round supports projects that will explore a range of art forms from writing to sound art, photography and music, physical theatre, performance, and even an iPad-based digital artwork.

“Extended School Residencies projects benefit entire school communities.” Mr. Dixon said

“Teachers gain skills, students learn arts skills and explore new ways of learning. Our artists benefit too; gaining inspiration from new collaborators engaging with new and diverse audiences across the state.”

These findings are supported in a new evaluation project, also launched today by Mr. Dixon that investigates the impacts of arts partnerships in schools.

Partnerships between schools and the professional arts sector: Evaluation of Impact on Student Outcomes a joint research project between Arts Victoria and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development found partnerships between arts organisations and schools improved student engagement, extended student learning and led to skills development for students and teachers.



Athol Road Primary School SPRINGVALE SOUTH $35,000

For ‘Stories of Asia’ – a collaboration with Western Edge Youth Arts that explores cultural diversity through folktales. Students will use forum theatre, mask and physical theatre to create performances reimagining traditional tales for today.

Dandenong West Primary School DANDENONG $35,000

For ‘Talking Sense’ – a collaboration with Barking Spider Visual Theatre exploring and celebrating food and the senses. Teachers and students will incorporate puppetry, storytelling and visual theatre to create unique performances and installations.

Mahogany Rise Primary School FRANKSTON NORTH $35,000

For ‘Knock Knock, Who’s There?’ – a collaboration with Polyglot Theatre exploring the turning points in life. Students beginning and ending their time at primary school will blend visual and performing arts to create an installation about their transitions.

Newham Primary School NEWHAM $36,500

For ‘Emporium of Treasures’ – a collaboration with Rawcus Theatre Company. The whole school will explore, respond to and celebrate what is treasured. The project culminates in an installation of writings, sound and digital imagery.

Rushworth P-12 College RUSHWORTH $36,500

For ‘This Highway Home’ – a collaboration with Courthouse Youth Arts exploring distance and celebrating home. Students present writings, sound, photography and music, broadcast and projected in the town’s main street.

Westall Secondary College CLAYTON SOUTH $35,000

For ‘The Exile Project’ – a collaboration with Arena Theatre Company exploring nationhood and belonging. Students will use visual arts and performance workshops to create a live performance and iPad-based interactive artwork

The Extended School Residencies program is a partnership between the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria and the Australia Council for the Arts, the Federal Government’s arts funding and advisory body.