Creative boost for The Story Island Project

15 January 2019|Community News| Off Comments off on Creative boost for The Story Island Project|

STUDENTS from two primary schools in the northern suburbs will have the chance to develop their creative flair thanks to a recent pouring of funds into the state’s youth arts sector.

Minister for the Arts Elise Archer recently announced that six Tasmanian organisations will share in more than $200,000 in funding to help engage young people to build on their creative skills.

“As part of the Government’s Youth Arts Organisations Program, the funding will provide opportunities in theatre, writing and song making under the guidance of professional practitioners,” Ms Archer said.

“Participating in creative programs not only encourages our next generation of young artists to develop their skills, but also helps improve social skills, health and wellbeing.”

Among those to receive funding is The Story Island Project, which facilitates creative writing skills for young people.

Co-founder Kate Gross said they were “thrilled” to receive funding for the 2019 storytelling project ‘Stories Sown, Stories Grown’.

“The funding will allow us to develop, deliver and evaluate a tailored suite of creative storytelling workshops in partnership with two schools in Hobart’s northern suburbs, Bowen Road Primary School and Moonah Primary School,” she said.

“The workshops will build young people’s creative skills and confidence, supporting their participation in authentic ‘real world’ arts experiences.”

The Story Island’s vision is for children and teenagers to harness the power of their imagination so they can grow to be resilient and creative shapers of their own lives.

“We’ve done some work with both of these schools before and are really looking forward to working with the students and staff in the longer-term project, which nurtures young people’s creativity and writing skills,” Ms Gross said.

“This new funding gives us the capacity to do these fun, creative workshops with young people in Hobart’s northern suburbs, inspiring them to see arts participation as a valuable community activity.

“It also allows us to develop our capacity as an organisation, developing evidence-based workshops that we can take to other schools and communities in the future.

“We’re so grateful for the opportunity and we can’t wait to get started.”

Caption: The Story Island Project co-founder Kate Gross, pictured centre left, with Minister for the Arts Elise Archer and Bowen Road Primary students, from left, Ella, Kaden, Toby, Keythorn, Grace and Lucy.

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