Arts Education is Where We’re At!

Greetings to all teachers, artists, scholars and anyone who accidentally found themselves on our new Schools Festival blog!

While we’re well into 2011, the Ars Education Department here at the Grahamstown Foundation has decided to make a conscious effort to keep our Festival Friends (and future ones!) informed and excited about our cycle of events! This includes creating a new website and a “Schools Festivals” page on Facebook and of course, this blog.

If you’re wondering who we are, what we do and why we do it, feel free to read up about us in the ‘About’ tab at the top of this page. Being Arts AND education based, we’re passionate about keeping the power of the arts alive in South Africa’s youth, while using it as a platform to educate, motivate and inspire the future leaders of our beautiful country.

Other than that, we’ll have a full gallery of pics from our past festivals for you to soon check out, especially if you’ve recently attended a festival and would like to see if you or any friends / favourite artists appear in them.

For those interested teachers, artists and scholars that would like to be involved in any of our festivals, please click on the “Contact” tab at the top of this page and feel free to get hold of us.

Think, Breathe, Be Creativity!

About Schools Festival

The Grahamstown Foundation’s Arts Education Department runs several provincial festivals throughout South Africa. Festivals include the Sasol Schools Festival Series (Mpumalanga, Free State/Northern Cape, and Gauteng) for Grade Elevens and the Standard Bank National Schools Festival for Matrics. Our project serves to ignite a passion for South African arts and develop artists and arts consumers with a culture of ‘paying for the arts’. Self-expression and bridge-building between individuals and communities are focal points while platforms for performance encourage audiences to engage with the best South Africa has to offer encouraging emerging artists to discover and develop their own artistic skills. Some 6,000 participants benefit from these programmes nationally over the period of a year. The need is evident from the enormous demand by schools. Participants from across a wide economic divide get to literally ‘rub shoulders’ because the projects attract large numbers of participants from the most rural schools to the most wealthy. Opportunities to engage with diverse arts experiences is rare, as are opportunities for artistic performance and assessment. The festivals expose the youth to professional work and hands-on workshop experiences with artists. They also engage with intellectuals in lectures and demonstrations. Professionals are drawn from national experts committed to establishing a creative nurturing ground and a sustainable arts industry. Our Educational objectives are to supplement the often under-funded and under-resourced arts and culture components of school curricula recognised as essential to holistic education, by submerging learners in an intensive arts experience that is absent in schools. Further objectives are to expose learners to a range of genres, arts opportunities and career options while encouraging them to further explore opportunities in the arts.
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