The $140,000 pilot program provides children the opportunity to take part in film-making and dance workshops and classes in the City to encourage young people to become involved in the arts.
Mayor Giovanni Italiano said he was thrilled the City was chosen to trial the program, which is being run during these school holidays.
‘It’s a fantastic thing to happen in our city and I’m really pleased that we have been chosen,’ he said.
The program, which has been trialled successfully in Albany since February this year, will assist eligible families with $200 per child to use towards arts workshops.
Cr Italiano said the City would commit a further $50 per child in family assistance to children involved in Youth Multimedia workshops.
‘It’s our area, it’s our people, so why wouldn’t we want to help?’ he said. ‘If the State Government is prepared to kick in, well so are we.’
Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said children benefitted greatly from involvement in the arts, and he was happy to announce the program in the City.
‘We were keen to make opportunities available for children who are interested in artistic activities whether it be dance, theatre, visual arts or movie making,’ Mr Day said.
‘It’s good for children to have experience in the arts, it helps in their development, giving them a sense of achievement and possibly introducing them to an activity that they may study further.’
Workshops will be held in Osborne Park and Mirrabooka and are open to all eligible five to 18-year-olds.
For more information visit stirling.wa.gov.au or call 9205 8555.