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Minister Foley Announces Creative Grants For Schools

12 February 2015

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley visited Albert Park College today to announce total grants of $160,000 for 16 schools across the state to run Artists in Schools programs.

Year Nine students at Albert Park College are preparing to run away and join the circus – all in the name of learning – thanks to their $10,000 grant through Creative Victoria’s Artists in Schools program.

The projects range from circus to sculpture, sound art, dance, literature and video art.

The Artists in Schools program is a partnership between Creative Victoria and the Department of Education and Training.

The program was established in 1982 and since then, hundreds of artists have worked with thousands of students across Victoria on projects that help young people learn through the arts.

From April, Albert Park’s students will work with renowned performer Debra Batton to create a series of circus and physical theatre performances.

The mini-masterpieces will premiere in November as the school prepares for the launch of the new ‘Da Vinci’ campus in 2016.

This will be on the former headquarters of Circus Oz, in a building that used to be the Port Melbourne Naval Drill Hall.

The Andrews Labor Government has committed $1.5 million to support the transformation of the Port Melbourne site into a new Year Nine campus that focuses on the arts and sciences.

Quotes attributable to the Minister for Creative Industries and Member for Albert Park, Martin Foley

“The Port Melbourne Drill Hall site has an incredible history, and this project will ensure that Albert Park College students will play a role in celebrating its next chapter.”

“We want to help students get creative. It helps young people develop a range of broader academic and life skills, from enhanced problem-solving to teamwork and critical thinking”

“Albert Park College has developed a reputation for recognising the role that creativity plays in education. We look forward to many more creative endeavours on this site and at the school in future.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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