Teacher-artist Adrianne Jones visits Bundaberg to discuss the Yonder Program.
Teacher-artist Adrianne Jones visits Bundaberg to discuss the Yonder Program. RON BURGIN

Grant gives kids a boost

BUNDABERG kids will get active in the arts with a $462,000 grant to help students with learning and communication difficulties learn to express themselves.

The Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) has received $462,000 from the Australia Council for the Arts to help hundreds of Queensland children, including students at Thabeban, Central and South Bundaberg state schools, as part of the Australian Government’s Creative Communities Partnership Initiative.

“The program culminates in a drama production put on by the students at the Moncrieff Theatre,” Bundaberg Regional Council director of community and cultural services John Clerke said.

“It aims to help these children express themselves in and outside of school, and imrpove their learning skills.”

The program, entitled Yonder, will expand children’s horizons and increase arts participation in those communities at the highest risk of social exclusion.

Professor Brad Haseman, Councillor of the Australia Council and head of research from the Creative Industries Faculty of the Queensland University of Technology, said the critical importance of the role of the arts in education had been recognised at the highest levels of the Australian Government.

“The benefits of working in and through the arts and linking schools and students to the cultural infrastructure of their community are profound and pervasive,” he said

The Australia Council funding will enable KITE to deliver the six projects over three years to mid 2012.



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