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Funding brings Shakespeare into Australian schools



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SENATOR THE HON GEORGE BRANDIS QC ATTORNEY-GENERAL MINISTER FOR THE ARTS

MEDIA RELEASE

FUNDING BRINGS SHAKESPEARE INTO AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLS

Today I announce $1.28 million in continued funding for the Bell Shakespeare’s education program.

Since 2008, this program has introduced more than half a million students across Australia, including in regional and remote areas, to the joy of theatre and, in particular, to the incomparable glories of William Shakespeare as well as other great dramatists.

I have re-committed $320,000 a year over the next four years to support Bell Shakespeare in continuing to deliver its unique education program. This contribution will help Bell Shakespeare to leverage additional philanthropic and corporate support.

The funding is supported through existing appropriations to the Ministry for the Arts. It will assist with hiring arts educators, conducting school performance tours and student master classes, providing subsidised theatre tickets to disadvantaged schools, developing high-quality digital and online resources and implementing a new teacher mentorship program.

Students participating in Bell Shakespeare’s education program have demonstrated increased innovation, higher levels of self-expression and creativity, improved behaviour and better attitudes towards studying English.

The Australian Government is dedicated to making the arts accessible to all Australians— young and old, and in metropolitan areas as well as the regions. Bell Shakespeare’s education program is a fabulous way to bring great works of literature to a new generation of Australians.

Visit the Bell Shakespeare Company website for more information on the education program.

26 May 2015

Contact: T: +61 2 6277 7300 E: agmedia@ag.gov.au