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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.

Fourteen (14) arts partnerships across the state have been specially developed to meet the needs and expectations of communities in Aurukun, Beenleigh, Cairns, Caboolture (two projects), Herberton, Logan, Longreach, Mount Isa, Quilpie, Redbank Plains, Toowoomba and Townsville (two projects).

With funding through AIR, every single class at Redbank Plains State School from prep to year 3 are participating in Dance…Like No One is Watching presented by the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) as part of the 2018 Out of the Box Festival for children eight years and under.

Each year level will learn a different dance, culminating in a community dance party at the school, while more than 100 year 3 students from Redbank Plains State School will go to QPAC to join in Dance…Like No One is Watching and other Out of the Box activities.

In Western Queensland, Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School in Longreach received $20,000 for its project, Our Story Their Story, Let’s Walk Together.

Quilpie State College received $20,000 to host a Musica Viva residency with award-winning composer and musician Nicole Murphy.

Good Shepherd Catholic College in Mt Isa received $11,072 to enable Backbone Youth Arts to run a theatre residency at the school, as well as professional development for drama teachers and theatre members of the community.

In Toowoomba, Vera Lacaze Memorial Community Kindergarten received $8012 for its Sharing Stories and Culture program.

In Townsville, Indigenous design students at Heatley Secondary College and young people at Cleveland Education and Training Centre will benefit from arts projects designed to boost creativity and education outcomes.

Heatley Secondary College received $20,000 for People, Culture, and Country, and Cleveland Education and Training Centre received $11,500 to support young people within the Cleveland Youth Detention Centre.

In Far North Queensland, children in Aurukun, Cairns and Herberton will work with local artists in their schools on projects designed to boost creativity and education outcomes.

Aurukun State School students will participate in choral and musical instrumental music programs and received $17,500 in funding, and Cairns State Special School will receive $12,500 to present Our Voice Our Choice.

Mount St Bernard College in Herberton will take part in street art workshops with contemporary Cairns artist Daniel Wallwork.

Since 2009, the AIR program has delivered arts and cultural experiences to more than 120 schools and thousands of students across the state. 

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