Literacy-focused Programs

Kickstart projects can supply the motivation for learning and provide alternative routes to engagement in the development of literacy for people of all ages.


We operate in the belief that there are multiple forms of literacy and that if we can make learning to read, tell stories, share ideas, make images, films and sound recordings lots of fun then learners can usually master the skills more readily. 

Cygnet Happiness Project animation being created.

The Evidence

Research shows that students who receive educational programs that integrate the arts with literacy learning show an increase in literacy proficiency. Arts based activities provide a broader range of skills and often adds motivation to learn.

ABC News (AUS)

Website: Why are Tasmanian students falling behind the rest of the nation?

Edith Cowan University (AUS)

PDF: Behaviour at School Study: Punish Them or Engage Them?

Australia Council for the Arts (AUS)

Website: Research shows involvement in the arts has wide-ranging benefits for young people.

Australian Association for Research in Education (AUS)

Website: Arts-based teaching of literacy

Australian Association for Research in Education (AUS)

Website: Arts-based approaches to teaching literacy - stop all the testing and do this

University of South Carolina (USA)

PDF: The Effects of Arts Integration on Literacy Comprehension Achievement

TheInspiredClassroom.Com (USA)

Website: Why is Music Education in Schools Important?

Network Weaving

A few examples of local programs that might suit you.

Tasmanian Government Education Department - Artists in Schools Program intended to support arts projects beyond the expertise of regular school staff. One important criterion to be addressed in the application is a professional learning component for staff so that the project is likely to be of ongoing benefit.

 Website: Adult Education - Artists in Schools 

Arts Tasmania - Education Residencies Program provides an opportunity for Tasmanian artists to focus on their practice in an educational environment working alongside teachers and students. Residencies build young people’s capacity to engage with the arts whilst enhancing student social health and well-being, and allowing artists to inspire, re-connect or introduce teachers to new ideas and approaches.

Website: Arts Tasmania - Education Residencies Program

A local artist, writer, poet and performer: Andy Vagg.  Has spent a lot of time working with students in schools.

Website: Andy Vagg

All That We Are: Connection through Creativity - Victoria and Simon gather artists and others through Learning Exchanges that are co-designed in a democratic approach to program development that builds the capacity and feeds the ecology of arts in Tasmania and beyond. 

Website: All That We Are

Terrapin Puppet Theatre. Inspired by a deep connection to the most imaginative and fantastic of artforms, an experience with Terrapin reminds us all that our ability to create something extraordinary is always with us, wherever we are. 

Website: Terrapin Puppet Theatre