Cre­atively gen­er­at­ing cre­ativ­ity

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

A new pro­gram will bring more cre­ativ­ity than ever be­fore to class­rooms.

Stu­dents and teach­ers will soon gain ac­cess to the state’s lead­ing cre­ative prac­ti­tion­ers with the launch of the Vic­to­rian Govern­ment’s new pro­gram, de­signed to in­ject cre­ativ­ity right across the cur­ricu­lum.

Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria Ja­clyn Symes said Cre­ative Learn­ing Part­ner­ships is a pro­gram which will pro­vide the op­por­tu­nity for schools to tap into the state’s cre­ative in­dus­tries.

The pro­gram is an ex­pan­sion of the Artists in Schools pro­gram, which saw Vic­to­rian artists work with stu­dents on a range of projects, in­clud­ing theatre and dance per­for­mances, and pub­lic sculp­ture projects.

The new pro­gram of­fers op­por­tu­ni­ties for schools to pair up with in­di­vid­ual artists, as well as to en­gage with Vic­to­rian arts and cre­ative or­gan­i­sa­tions, which rank among the best in the world.

Schools can ap­ply for grants of $10 000 to work with a cre­ative pro­fes­sional or $35 000 to part­ner with a cre­ative or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Projects will have a du­ra­tion of 20 days, and can be aimed at stu­dents rang­ing from Prep through to Year 10.

‘‘Cre­ative ed­u­ca­tion is one of 40 ac­tion ar­eas of the La­bor Govern­ment’s $115 mil­lion Cre­ative State strat­egy which aims to put cre­ativ­ity at the heart of Vic­to­ria’s fu­ture,’’ Ms Symes said.

‘‘We need to teach our chil­dren to think crit­i­cally and cre­atively to en­sure they are ready for the jobs of the fu­ture. That is why pro­grams like this are so im­por­tant.’’

A se­ries of in­for­ma­tion ses­sions will take place this month. To find out more about the pro­gram, or to reg­is­ter for an in­for­ma­tion ses­sion, visit www.cre­ative.vic.gov.au

Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria Ja­clyn Symes

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