Kickstart Arts works with schools to co-design arts projects that enhance the school curriculum and engage young people in fun, challenging and relevant creative journeys.
Professional artists work across a range of disciplines such as video, electronic music, digital arts, sculpture, installations, visual and performing arts.
The work is often theme based and students explore socially relevant topics, working collaboratively towards public outcomes where the artworks are shared with the broader community.
The Remembering the Future Project
Students explored the past, the environment, waste, technology and philosophy.
A very successful project which encouraged students, staff and parents to explore the kinds of skills and values that would best equip them for an uncertain climate challenged future.
Young people made conducted research, thought experiments, made junk sculptures and short films and exhibited their work to the public to great acclaim.
The Happiness Project: Flinders Island
Kickstart Arts offered a chance for young people and parents to explore the world of feelings, psychology, ideas and philosophy by telling stories of the things they really value.
Young people were able to think about their lives in the new way by making films about their own relationships, place in the world and experience – the things that make meaning for them. These films were screened for the rest of the community to enjoy, the screenings are a really uplifting experience.
Our project-based learning-centric arts projects that invite young people to explore contemporary issues and ideas within their art making can provide a really positive addition to the school curriculum.
We can work with schools to design the project from the ground up so that these activities can achieve the desired outcomes. We often work with disengaged students to help them discover their love of learning.
Arts Victoria (AUS)
PDF: Partnerships Between Schools and the Professional Arts Sector: Evaluation of Impact on Student Outcomes
Science Direct (USA): Full Length Article (ESP)
Website: Project-based learning through the incorporation of digital technologies: An evaluation based on the experience of serving teachers
Unitec Institute of Technology (NZ)
Schoology Exchange (USA)
Brookings Institute (USA)
A few examples of local programs that might suit you.