A program called SmArts is linking high school students with artistic endeavours.
The program is being coordinated by the Smith Family.
It has involved Goulburn High, The Lieder Theatre and the Goulburn Regional Art Gallery and is running for three weeks.
Smith Family Program coordinator Deb Emmett said the program supports student engagement with school by increasing their creative skills, self-confidence and knowledge of post-school options.
"We have received vital support from Lieder Theatre, where Jock McLean has been supervising theatrical workshops with the students.
"The Goulburn Regional Art Gallery is also providing support to the program, highlighting the amazing public art we have in Goulburn. This three-week program has been designed to show students the diversity of art within Goulburn, but also provide inspiration for continuing their study/future within the arts arena."
She said the program was aimed at Year 9 to Year 11 students, who are interested in being creative.
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"This is to show them there is more to the theatre than just being an actor and more to galleries than just artists, that there are so many other positions, supporting these activities," she said.
An example she quoted is that of the students who is interested in fashion design and they have now become interested in the costume department of the Lieder Theatre, as well as another student who was interested in makeup, applying makeup to the actors.
"They are also devising their own theatre pieces with Jock, which is increasing their confidence and helping them with public speaking," she said.
"The other half of the program has been with the gallery, and Sally O'Neill has been assisting them and looking at public art.
"We are working with Goulburn High students this time, but we have funding to do another program next year and we would like to do that with Mulwaree High, but they would need transport to the centre of town."
She said the Smith Family also supports about 600 students in Goulburn with scholarships.
For more information about this program or the scholarships, contact Deb Emmett on 0438-491 964.
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