Kaiela Arts set to receive funding for educational program

Funding: Kaiela Arts received funding for its educational art program, Galnyatj! Inspire, learn, create art.

Kaiela Arts Shepparton will receive funding to continue to provide student learning programs outside of traditional classrooms.

Northern Victoria State Member Mark Gepp has announced that Kaiela Arts Shepparton will be one of nearly 80 not-for-profit organizations in Victoria to receive funding, as part of a 7-year investment. $5 million from the state government in innovative educational programs.

Kaiela Arts Program Galnyatj! Inspire, learn, create art teaches students about First Nations art and provides new perspectives on Australian history and environment, as demonstrated and presented by First Nations artists in their art, writing and ideas.

“The program survived the COVID-19 pandemic for two years, and we hope it can be vigorously renewed over the next two years,” said Kaiela Arts Education Coordinator Rhonda Chrisanthou.

The program supports the Foundation to Year 10 program, aiming to reach 1,000 students and 18 schools per year across Yorta Yorta Country, including in Cohuna, Echuca, Rochester, Shepparton, Cobram, Wodonga, Benalla and beyond.

Each year, the program hopes to offer 40 workshops, 20 forays and 20 excursions.

“The next iteration of Galnyatj! Inspire, learn, create art will build on the strengths of our primary school offerings by also providing brand new hardware for secondary school forays,” said Ms. Chrisanthou.

“We look forward to working with schools in northern Victoria on Yorta Yorta Country.”

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