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Arts investment in our kindergartens, schools, community and cultural institutions supports early development in Queensland’s children, encouraging creativity and providing strong foundations for learning. This investment is complemented by other programs which support Queenslanders of all ages, ensuring that we continue to build on this early start.


New $9.4m Sparklab Sciencentre connects Queenslanders to science

Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch invited Queenslanders to experiment, explore and engage with science as the new Sparklab Sciencentre at Queensland Museum South Bank opens its doors to the public tomorrow (Monday). Read more...

Imagination and creativity take centre stage at Out of the Box

Queensland children will be able to dive into amazing arts activities at QPAC’s Out of the Box Festival, which has kick-started today. Read more...

First 5 Forever funding sees early literacy flourish

Promoting the joys of reading to young Queenslanders remains a priority for the Palaszczuk Government, with the state announcing an annual commitment of $5 million to continue popular learning initiative First 5 Forever. Read more...

Arts partnerships cultivate creativity

The $200,000 Artists in Residence (AIR) program 2017-18, supported through Arts Queensland and Education Queensland, will see artists and arts organisations work with students and teachers in communities experiencing disadvantage. Read more...

Yarrabah State School

Through a partnership with the Queensland Music Festival, Yarrabah State School students developed their creative expression, writing and team work skills and the confidence to perform at the Yarrabah Band Festival. Read more...

The Joey Club

This arts-science project combined drawing, sculpture and microscopy to help young children visualise, explore and learn about 'invisible' worlds. Read more...


Providing strong foundations

First 5 Forever

First 5 Forever, delivered by the State Library of Queensland in partnership with local governments, connects young Queenslanders to the joys of reading and supports the Queensland Government’s commitment to nurture the creative minds of Queensland children. First 5 Forever aims to provide strong literacy foundations and life-long learning capabilities for all Queensland children 0-5 years, by directly supporting parents and primary caregivers. 


Out of the Box

The biennial Out of the Box Festival (OOTB) at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre presents quality performance and cultural activities that celebrates and supports learning, play, and discovery for children. Over more than 25 years and 14 festivals, OOTB has engaged more than one million participants.


QAGOMA's Children's Art Centre

QAGOMA Children's Art Centre works with artists to create interactive installations, artist projects and activities for children and families.


Sparklab Sciencentre

Located in the Queensland Cultural Centre, the all-new SparkLab Sciencentre includes 40 exhibits in three zones allowing for flexible facilitated learning experiences. 



Art in Schools

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The Department of Education has a number of programs which engage students and teachers in industry standard arts programs and provide employment opportunities for professional Queensland artists including:


QM Loans
Queensland schools can borrow museum resources from the QM Loans collection or from a Regional Loans depot to engage learners in the classroom or community.


Artist in Residence

The Artists in Residence program  provides arts and education funding to kindergartens and schools seeking to increase arts engagement through partnerships with artists, arts organisations or arts facilities. Since its implementation in 2009, the program has delivered meaningful, stimulating and targeted arts and cultural experiences to more than 130 schools and thousands of students across the state, with great success in demonstrating a positive impact on all participants.