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About our Schools Program

With access to performance spaces and changing exhibitions alongside the support of artists in residence and an Indigenous Advisory Group, the Footscray Community Arts Schools Program offers a unique, engaging and culturally safe learning opportunity for students.   

Our site-based approach to learning encourages students to strengthen critical and creative thinking skills and apply these strategies to relevant and contemporary matters. Students uncover the history, present and possible future of their communities through artist-led site exploration and art making. Each excursion embeds First Nations histories, perspectives and living cultures into learning, include pre-visit resources and target ethical, social, and intercultural capabilities.   

Our excursions:  

  • Engage Critical and Creative Thinking & Ethical Capabilities  
  • Embed First Nations history and perspectives in learning  
  • Inspire self-confidence and student activism  
  • Art making activities led by Artists 
  • Promote sustainable practices and environmental health 

See our bookable excursions below.


Educational Workshops

Luminary Tales: Illuminating Storytelling Through Shadows

Years P-6: Join us for an unforgettable journey where imagination knows no bounds, and shadows dance to tales untold.

This Is Definitely Not A Box with the indirect Object

Years P-8: Led by the indirect Object, in this workshop students take an ordinary box as a starting point and transform its meaning.

Flowing Futures – ZINE Making

Levels 6-10: Join local artists for guided tour of the Maribyrnong River.


Community Collaborations

We have delivered many funded, community-engaged learning projects in collaboration with local artists and schools.  

During 2018-2021, we were a recipient of the Strategic Partnerships Program grant from the Department of Education and Training. We partnered with local organisation 100 Story Building to deliver learning experiences which were tied to our artistic program as well as VELS, to over 1000 students from Melbourne’s West. 

In 2020, with the Creative Learning Partnerships grant, we collaborated with The iIndirect Object and Western English Language School to produce a student-led exhibition and learning resources, Neon Stories. You can find out more by watching the videos below. 

This program is proudly supported by The Department of Education’s Strategic Partnerships Program.

Collaborate with us

If you’re keen to create engaging student experiences with us, submit an enquiry form or email schools@footscrayarts.com.

Get in touch

Tell us about your school by submitting an enquiry form or emailing schools@footscrayarts.com

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