Project Description

Project Brief

Develop an arts project that demonstrates Indigenous students’ engagement in learning.

Creative Regions worked with CQ University’s Widening Participation Team to develop an arts program to better engage Indigenous students in schooling in Eidsvold, Baralaba and Woorabinda.

Starting in 2011, Creative Regions and CQUniversity engaged schools in these three towns to bring students to a circus show in Bundaberg.

As well as a workshop with circus trainers, the group loved the project and school teachers and principals raved about the connection the young people had made.

On the strength of this trial, Creative Regions assisted CQ University to source close to $50,000 from Arts Queensland and additional support was gained through the Creative Capricorn project in Rockhampton to engage with Mount Morgan as a fourth community. A regional tour was developed with workshops in all four communities.

  • Workshops in Eidsvold, Baralaba, Woorabinda and Mt Morgan
  • Reported increase in engagement in school
  • Health education including dietary and nutrition information was included in the program
  • Additional $20,000 investment through Creative Capricorn in 2012
  • Additional $20,000 investment in 2013 by Creative Capricorn and a $20,000 investment from Festivals Australia saw Mt Morgan students develop a circus show to be presented in their home town and at the Village Festival in Yeppoon to a crowd of 200
  • The program has been continued in 2013-15 with Tim Fairfax Family Foundation grant to Flipside Circus

The Widening Participation team (at CQUniversity) has worked with Creative Regions for approximately two years. During this time, it has become evident that Creative Regions has deep relationships with a number of communities, organisations and individuals across the Central Queensland region. Creative Regions engages with organizational stakeholders to create sustainable change in communities by unearthing the needs and objectives of partner organisations and then offering initiatives, programs and activities that develop the community through creative and cultural outcomes.

– Stacey Wallace, Program Manager, Widening Participation Unit, CQUniversity, Rockhampton

  • Arts Queensland
  • Tim Fairfax Family Foundation
  • CQUniversity