Indigenous Winter School 2012
- Posted: 26th July 2012
School of the Arts and Media (SAM)
This year the School of the Arts and Media (SAM) and the Creative Practice and Research Unit (CPRU) ran their annual Performing Arts program within the UNSW Indigenous Winter School. Winter School is for Indigenous students in years 10, 11 and 12 who are considering further studies beyond high school. The week long residential program provides students with the opportunity to experience what university life is all about.
During the 3-day Performing Arts program faculty members worked with a group of 13 students who brought a wide array of skills and stories from their diverse locations across Australia.
Students participated in a range of academic lectures and tutorials, presentations, study sessions and team building activities facilitated by SAM faculty including:
- a workshop in Senegalese drumming
- an animation class
- a workshop in creating and filming interviews
- a dance talk and workshop
- an English Studies poetry tutorial
- a Theatre and Performance Studies lecture
- an object-based performance making workshop
Students were also introduced to vocational possibilities in the arts through a career story session by Jennifer Beale and an extensive backstage tour of the Sydney Opera House organised by Tara Smith, Opera House Education Specialist. Students noted that these sessions “opened up my thoughts about different arts opportunities” and “made me want to work harder at achieving my goal to pursue a career in the performing arts.’