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30 June 2017

Classrooms across Victoria will gain access to the state's leading creative practitioners with the launch of a new program designed to inject creativity right across the curriculum.

Photo of Lismore Primary School students making unique digital instruments

Lismore Primary School students making unique digital instruments.Photo: Singing Bowl

Launched today, the Creative Learning Partnerships program will provide more opportunities for Victorian schools to tap into the expertise and talent of Victoria's creative industries.

The program is an expansion of the 35 year old Artists in Schools program which saw Victorian artists work with students on projects ranging from theatre and dance performances to public sculpture projects.

While the new program still offers opportunities for schools to pair up with individual artists, it also extends the opportunity to enable schools to engage with Victorian arts and creative organisations, which rank among the best in the world.

In addition to the physical residencies, the program will support partnerships to roll out using cutting-edge conferencing technology that will allow creative practitioners to be beamed live into the classroom, making high quality creative opportunities more accessible for students in remote and regional schools.

This concept and technology was successfully piloted in 2017 with a series of highly successful virtual creative residencies in schools including Tempy Primary School, a remote school in the Mallee with just 18 students. 

Creative Learning Partnerships can involve professionals or organisations in any field of the creative industries, from the visual and performing arts through to design and digital games development.

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 take place over a period of approximately 20 days and can be aimed at students ranging from foundation through to year ten.

Registrations are now open for a series of information sessions which will take place across the state, and online, in July. The sessions are open to educators, individual creative practitioners and representatives of creative organisations.

Creative education is one of 40 action areas of the Victorian Government's $115m Creative State strategy which aims to put creativity at the heart of Victoria's future.  

The 2018 Creative Learning Partnerships funding round will open on 21 August 2017 and close 5pm, 9 October 2017 for activity commencing after 16 April 2018.

Find out more about the Creative Learning Partnerships program