Building Aspiration in the Creative and Performing Arts (BACAPA)

This project aims to raise aspirations and build capacity in students from low SES backgrounds who are currently under-represented in Creative and Performing Arts programs at the University of Newcastle. BACAPA was awarded a $63,811 HEPP National Priority Pool Project grant and will develop creative projects in a collaborative model between staff and students from the School of Creative Arts at the University of Newcastle and Performing Arts staff at Hunter Valley and Central Coast schools.

The project will centre on the creation of new creative work, a process that will enrich the school students' experience and forge personal links to the School of Creative Arts at the University of Newcastle. Students will develop skills in creative thinking, project design and realisation in the areas of music, visual arts and/or performance through an innovative process that rests on three pillars of collaboration, empowerment and technology to deliver positive outcomes for children from low SES backgrounds. 

The project will be led by Senior Lecturer, Helen English and supported by Dr Jocelyn McKinnon and a team of project staff.