Yonder arts project goes hither
13 April 2011
Stretching themselves ... young performers put their art on show at the Moncrieff Theatre in Bundaberg.
Bundaberg's Moncrieff Theatre played host on Friday April 1 to the culmination of the latest instalment of the KITE Arts Education Program's Yonder project.
Close to 70 Years 2 to 5 students from Walkervale State School, Yandaran State School and Rosedale P-12 State School have spent Term 1 of 2011 exploring participative arts with KITE teacher-artists and a creative team of theatre practitioners.
On April 1 they took to the stage in Bundaberg to present Stretch, a production centred on the theme of perspective which the students themselves created in collaboration with the team of artists.
Yonder is designed to benefit students with the least access to the arts.
'Yonder is an intense intervention in the arts to provide a really rich arts experience,' teacher-artist Adrianne Jones said. 'The students benefit and so do the parents and community. We use the schools as hubs to connect the community to the arts.'
Stretch looks at how people approach situations from different points of view. The students worked with professional artists, production crews and early childhood specialists over nine weekly workshops to gain skills in drama, magic, media and movement .
QPAC program development manager Janelle Christofis said the boost to participating students' self-esteem was powerful.
'It's wonderful to see the development of their sense of confidence on stage. Some of these children have never performed before, let alone performed collaboratively together on a stage,' she said.
KITE is an early childhood arts initiative of Education Queensland in partnership with and based at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), which delivers relevant contemporary arts education experiences for primary aged children and their teachers across Queensland.
Its Yonder project is supported by the Australia Council, the Australian Government's art funding and advisory board, which is providing $462,000 over three years for six projects in 18 schools in the Logan-Albert-Beaudesert and Wide Bay North districts.Stretch marked the half-way point, with Yonder having delivered productions in Bundaberg and Logan last year and set to land in Logan schools again later in 2011.