Lights, camera, action for kids in Stirling
Media Statement from Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA
- KidsCulture pilot program begins in the City of Stirling
- First workshops focus on filmmaking, acting and writing
- Increase in arts participation since program began in Albany in February
KidsCulture has kicked off in the City of Stirling with workshops in filmmaking open to all eligible 10 to 18-year-olds in the July school holidays and term three.
A KidsCulture pilot program is being run in the cities of Stirling and Albany as part of the State Government’s commitment to encouraging more young people to become involved in the arts.
Eligible families are entitled to $200 per child to use towards arts workshops and classes.
Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said there had been an increase in the number of children and young people taking part in arts workshops and classes in Albany since the pilot program began in February.
“There is already anecdotal evidence that participation rates in childrens’ art programs in Albany have gone up since the trial of KidsCulture began,” Mr Day said.
“More arts programs and workshops have been developed to meet the demand for places for children and young people wanting to take part in the pilot.
“Research shows that children and young people who are involved in the arts do better at school and feel better about themselves.
“With the pilot beginning in the City of Stirling in July, children in the metropolitan area will now also have the chance to benefit from the workshops being provided through KidsCulture.”
The workshops offered by the City of Stirling will teach budding filmmakers how to create their own movies, including writing, editing, acting and filming. Classes are also being offered in the popular game, Minecraft, which encourages imaginative and creative thinking.
KidsCulture programs will also continue in Albany during the July holidays and into term three.
- Workshops held in Osborne Park and Mirrabooka - open to all eligible 5 to 18-year-olds in the City of Stirling
- The State Government allocated $140,000 to the KidsCulture Pilot Program
- Program administered by the Department of Culture and the Arts in partnership with the cities of Albany and Stirling, with support from the Department of Sport and Recreation
- Stirling residents can obtain more information about the workshops being offered and apply for a voucher at http://www.stirling.wa.gov.au or by contacting the City of Stirling on 9205 8555