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Grants program benefits in the AIR

09 Nov 2012

Seven Western Australian public schools will share funding of $180,000 in the final year of the national pilot Creative Education Partnerships: Artist-in-Residence Initiative.

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the AIR Grants Program involved schools and leading WA artists, and projects already undertaken had been impressive.

“The work of school students and staff with WA artists in digital media, visual arts and performance has been an insight into what can be achieved through the arts and education working hand-in-hand,” Mr Day said.

“Animated productions, an online art gallery and theatre skills are just some of the creative projects taking place in public schools through an artist-in-residence program.” 

The AIR Grants Program has provided more than 3,000 WA public school students with the opportunity to work alongside professionals from many areas of culture and the arts.

Education Minister Peter Collier said the partnership between schools and artists would have a lasting impact on students, teachers and their schools.

“As the pilot program moves into its final year, the benefits for teachers, students and artists have been clear to see both in the quality of the projects and the feedback received through each stage,” Mr Collier said.

In WA, the AIR Grants Program has been delivered by the Department of Culture and the Arts and the Department of Education through ArtsEdge, as part of a 14-year strategic partnership.

The pilot program is being evaluated by Curtin University.

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