Helping to launch the program for regional schools in Queensland are, Nick Trethan (St Peters Drama Teacher, Tjupurru, Ella Dyer and David Wotherspoon (both year 12 students). Photo: Stephen Henry
QUEENSLAND'S CITY SCHOOLS PARTNER TO HELP BRING ARTS EDUCATION TO STUDENTS IN REGIONAL QUEENSLAND
The Queensland Music Festival (QMF) is calling out to large, metropolitan Queensland schools to help take high quality arts performances to students in rural and remote classrooms through its Youth Touring program’s new Outreach initiative.
The Youth Touring program's Outreach Initiative Youth Touring, the premier arts in education program in the state, brings some of Australia’s most exciting award-winning artists and works into classrooms in Queensland.
As with most regional schools they often face challenges accessing high quality arts education experiences because they are remote, they have less students in their schools and they have greater financial pressures when it comes to resources for their schools. That can change through schools that participate in Youth Touring’s initiative which can enable smaller regional and remote schools to access a performance from QMF’s 2018 Youth Touring lineup.
The first school to sign up to this program is St Peters' Lutheran School in Brisbane's Indooroopilly. The school will sponsor the travel of "Ruby Moon", a haunting tale set in Australian suburbia by internationally renowned playwright Matt Cameron, and The Didjeribone Show, a mix of ancient and cutting-edge music, to the regions. "Ruby Moon" will be performed in the state’s far north-west corner for the students at Good Shepherd Catholic College during Term One.
Drama Teacher, Nicholas Trethan at St Peters Lutheran College, said "participating in high-quality, live arts experiences to support the curriculum is not only an excellent way to engage and extend students in their learning, but also central to the growth and development of the cultural capital of school communities." and went on to say, "We at St Peters Lutheran College are so fortunate to have access to a wide variety of live arts experiences and to see, first-hand, the transformative power these experiences have on the lives and learning of the diverse members of our community,” Mr Trethan said.
"By partnering with Queensland Music Festival and Youth Touring, St Peters Lutheran College (Indooroopilly) is proud to support both artists and arts organisations in connecting with regional and remote school communities, ensuring these powerful opportunities are made available to more students.”
"... from Cape York to Cunnamulla " - Katie Noonan
QMF Artistic Director Katie Noonan said Youth Touring’s new initiative would enable students from Cape York to Cunnamulla to enjoy educational performances and important themes through music, theatre and visual storytelling.
"Many of Queensland’s smaller and remote schools don’t have the resources to participate in this year’s exciting Youth Touring program, so we’ve created the state’s most far-reaching institutional buddy system to ensure students living in all communities can access important arts experiences,” said Ms Noonan.
Artists participating in the program will create and share a short video message, after Outreach performances, about the regional school and area they have travelled to, including messages from students and teachers in response to the show.
A powerful Australian play "Discovering Black Diggers", "The Didjeribone Show", a unique music show by internationally renowned didgeridoo performer Adrian Fabila “Tjupurru” Tjupurrula, and some marvellous prehistoric megafauna all feature in the 2018 Youth Touring program, which will explore social, environmental, cultural and historical perspectives through high quality performances and workshops.
Get the Outreach Program into your school
Arts Minister, Leeanne Enoch said Youth Touring’s Outreach initiative would allow more Queensland students to tap into the beauty and creativity of the arts.
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