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2020 Glasshouse Education Launch

Released on: 08 November 2019

Released on: 08 November 2019

Glasshouse 2020 Education Program chalking up a huge year

 More than 90 local teachers and educators packed into the Glasshouse Studio last night for the unveiling of the 2020 Education @ the Glasshouse program.

In the last three years, the program has welcomed more than 12,000 students and teachers through the doors for an impressive and educational array of performances, tours and workshops.

Again in 2020, a comprehensive program will be on offer, designed to complement, enhance and build on the opportunities that the Glasshouse has been bringing to our community since 2009. Experiences prior to this were only on offer to youth and teachers in metropolitan centres.

The majority of the students attending Glasshouse programs are from the Port Macquarie-Hastings area, however it’s not just local students who can enjoy the experience. The Glasshouse regularly welcomes children from Coffs Harbour, Nambucca Heads, Macksville, Kempsey, Taree, Forster and beyond to experience some of the finest cultural educational opportunities available on the mid-north coast.

Through the Glasshouse Education program, students are exposed to a wide range of creative learning experiences that help develop problem-solving skills, critical thinking and emotional intelligence.

Glasshouse Venue Manager Pam Milne said that the continued support of schools in the education program is testament to the outstanding opportunities provided for primary and secondary students.

"Creative learning programs are so valuable in a child’s development, as creative flexible minds help develop the managers, programmers, engineers and designers of the future," Ms Milne said.

"Creative education is inspiring, thought-provoking, engaging and entertaining, and those are the experiences the Glasshouse seeks to provide thousands of students every year."

There are many exciting programs on offer from groups including Bangarra Dance Theatre, Opera Australia, Shake & Stir Theatre, Monkey Baa Theatre Company, the Stencil Art Prize, The Bundanoon Trust, Australian War Memorial, Shape 2019 and the Australian Design Centre.

And learning is not just restricted to the students, with invigorating opportunities for teacher professional development available in the 2020 program.

"The enthusiasm shown by teachers at last night’s unveiling is certainly infectious, and the entire Glasshouse team are looking forward to welcoming teachers and students as they let their creative juices flow in 2020," Ms Milne added.

"The Glasshouse is also delighted to announce a new 3 year partnership with Coastline Credit Union which ensures the sustainability of the program for the Glasshouse, and in addition to this, schools will be able to apply to the Coastline Community Foundation to obtain funding to put towards any costs associated with students accessing the Glasshouse Education Program."

"Coastline sought the opportunity to partner with the Education @ Glasshouse program following the recent launch of our Coastline Cubs School Visit Program and our Children’s and Youth savings accounts," said General Manager of Coastline Credit Union, Peter Townsend.

"The partnership presents the opportunity to build positive relationships with our local schools, and highlights our commitment to support education outside of the classroom and within the broader community."

"We understand the importance of giving students access to valuable learning experiences which inspire both creativity and innovation. As principal partner, we saw an exciting opportunity to play an important role in providing access for students to participate in the unique and creative events hosted within the program which promotes cultural diversity," said Mr Townsend.

For more information on the 2020 Education @ the Glasshouse Program and to make a booking visit www.glasshouse.org.au/education.