Victoria Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley
New ACMI Education Partnership In A Class Of Its Own
Victor P Taffa
Digital learning labs and school-based programs focused on emerging technology will be created from a major philanthropic partnership unveiled today at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).
Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley welcomed a $650,000 contribution from Gandel Philanthropy, which will benefit students across Victoria.
“Gandel family are great supporters and champions of education, creativity, and young people. This generous, forward-thinking gift will benefit hundreds of thousands of young Victorians.” Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said.
“Not only will this partnership support education in Melbourne, it will extend ACMI’s reach into regional areas, ensuring more students get a world-class education regardless of their location.”
Digital labs and workshops at ACMI’s Federation Square site will feature cutting-edge technology, promote media and screen literacy, and will be named after the philanthropic group.
Staffed by creative industry experts, the labs will give students and teachers world-class learning environments and access to resources not available in most classrooms.
ACMI estimates the partnership will help double student visitation to its Federation Square site over the next 3 years, to 140,000 students annually.
Partnership will also see ACMI use its industry expertise to support tech schools in regional Victoria over the next 3 years, with a program focused on building skills in entrepreneurship, digital game design and emerging jobs and technologies.
ACMI Tech School program will commence this year at Geelong Tech School with more schools to follow.
Gandel Philanthropy’s donation is part of ACMI’s redevelopment project, ACMI Re/new, beginning 24 May and complements the Andrews Government’s $36.6 Million investment in the project.
“ACMI is one of the leading cultural institutions that is also a hub of learning and education. Its emphasis on tech learning, on fostering creativity and looking to the future of education and employment have all been key factors in our family foundation’s decision to support this initiative.” Chairman of Gandel Philanthropy John Gandel AC said.