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What could the arts do in your local school or kindergarten?

With the new Artists in Residence Program opened for applications for Queensland kindergartens and schools, we are taking a look at related case studies to see what artists, kindergartens and schools have achieved through arts and education funding.

Arts can play an important role in education. Artists in residence projects have created new employment opportunities for artists, increased the number and quality of arts activities in learning environments and promoted changes in behaviours in students and schools1.

The Artists in Residence (AIR) program 2016-17 will provide arts and education funding to kindergartens and schools seeking to increase their engagement with arts and culture through partnerships with artists, arts organisations or arts facilities.  

Take a look at some of the outcomes in recent case studies we have published...

Contemporary and World Music

A collaboration between Yeronga State High School and singer and songwriter, Leah Scicluna, Contemporary & World Music has transformed music studies at the school. 



Digital Storytelling program

An artist-in-residence project at Brisbane State High School has supported English as an Additional Language or Dialect students to tell their personal stories.



Kindy-Connect Project

Kindergarten students at Vera Lacaze Memorial Kindergarten and Preschool worked with professional artists to discuss and document regional infrastructure growth in Toowoomba.



The Fresh Produce Project

A collaboration between Music Industry College and hipshop artist Dr Elliot Gann delivered a multitude of opportunities to students.



Bodja Chair Project

Toowoomba State High School students worked with artist Michael Epworth to manufacture chairs based on Jimmy Possum’s 19th century designs.

More Artists in Residence case studies can be found on the Arts Queensland website.


Applications for the new programs close on 16 September 2016 For more information see the Artist in Residence webpage.


The Artists in Residence Program is a partnership between Department of Education and Training and Arts Queensland.



1. Artist in Residence 2010-2014 outcomes (Published October 2015) AQ Blog


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