Over the past 12 months Koala Kids was able to gift many families the opportunity to enjoy some wonderful performances in relaxed sessions and we have been confirmed as a community partner of Arts Centre Melbourne, for the second consecutive year. The First Call Fund provides support specifically to schools and community groups so they can experience the huge variety of live performances, workshops and other participatory events at Arts Centre Melbourne.
Arts Centre Melbourne strives to improve access to the Arts for everyone. “The arts can broaden our experience, our empathy and our understanding of the world. Arts Centre Melbourne believes everyone has the right to experience the wonder of the arts. In particular, students, young people and those with social disadvantage can benefit greatly from exposure to the arts. International research* shows arts participation can impact positively on:
- Social and personal development
- Attitude to learning
- Connectedness to community and family
- Arts knowledge and skills
- General competencies such as communicating, problem solving, planning, organisation and perseverance.
*Dr Mary Ann Hunter (2005) Education and the Arts, Australia Council for the Arts