Arts outreach program to continue through ANU

Released 05/07/2013

The ACT Government has reaffirmed its long-standing commitment to the Australian National University's Community Outreach Program for the arts, committing to a three-year deal with annual funding of $1.6 million.

ACT Arts Minister Joy Burch said the ANU School of Music, ANU School of Art, artsACT and Education and Training Directorate have been working in partnership over the last few months to review its current programs offered through the ANU Community Outreach Program, and have revised the program to better align it with the ACT Arts Policy Framework which was released last year.

"The ACT Government has always had a productive and mutually beneficial relationship with the ANU School of Music and ANU School of Art, and it is anticipated that the revised program will increase community participation levels, arts activity and professional development opportunities," Ms Burch said.

The new Program will see additional resources put into the music in schools programs delivered through the Community Outreach Program, with a focus on increasing participation.

"Funding for the Music Education program will increase from $278,000 a year to $400,000. The program currently reaches 6,000 students, 120 teachers and 28 schools and it is anticipated that increased funding to this program will boost participation numbers to approximately 10,000 students across ACT schools.

"Also, the successful Music Development program which provides ensemble rehearsal and performance opportunities (formerly named the Music for Secondary School program) will be retained and will expand its outreach to students of all ages."

The ANU has welcomed the new-look program. ANU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ian Young AO, said, "The University prides itself on the quality of its education and outreach programs, and the ANU School of Music and School of Art are delighted to work closely with artsACT and the ACT Government to retain our strong community connection.

"The University is delighted to expand pathways for students interested in arts and music careers and the program has now been refined to ensure students have a university-like experience tailored to their level."

The revised program will commence from 1 January 2014. Other changes to the Community Outreach Program include:

  • Funding for the ANU School of Music Student Outreach and Engagement program, which provides professional development opportunities (formerly named the National Orchestral Scholarships) increased from $33,600 to $100,000
  • $100,000 will be allocated through artsACT to the Canberra Symphony Orchestra to increase participation, community outreach, commissioning and performing more Australian music, and touring
  • $200,000 in continued funding to support local arts organisations with the cost of hiring Llewellyn Hall
  • $10,000 for the ANU Equity Office to deliver poetry slams in schools, as an extension to an existing poetry slam program operating from the Office
  • The Music After School program will be discontinued as there is duplication with private tuition offered in the ACT. The restructured program has focused on music outreach in schools
  • Greater access to the School of Music and School of Art's library by local key arts organisations
  • Continuation of the Visual Arts Open Access program, which enables students to develop a portfolio of work to use when enrolling in the School of Art at ANU or elsewhere
  • The Visual Arts Community Outreach program which presents public lectures and presentations (formerly named the Public Education forum) will be retained, with an increased focus on professional development for teachers in the Education and Training Directorate and visiting art students to ACT public schools.


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