Summaries of successful 2017 grant activities

Pictures and Words

Recipient: Gallery Sunshine Everywhere, Melbourne. 

This grant will help fund the production of two books written and illustrated by children in two different countries. Children in one country (Solomon Islands) will draw (Pictures) and children in another country (Australia) will write the complementary stories (Words). The books produced will provide reading materials for children in both countries. This project aligns with UNESCO’s education priorities and its objectives of encouraging cross cultural understanding. The launches of the books and the exhibition of the original pictures in Honiara and Melbourne will be timed to concide with International Day of Peace (21 Sept), Childrens Day (14 Nov) and Human Rights Day (10 Dec).

Cross-Nation Capacity Building in STEM Education

Recipient: Curtin University, Perth.

This grant will help Curtin University train female teachers in India to be better able to teach and evaluate Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects. The projects aligns with UNESCO’s ongoing work on gender equity in education and the desirability of encouraging women and girls to be more involved in STEM subjects.  It will also strengthen links between Australian and Indian education providers.

History of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Early Childhood Education

Recipient: The Crèche and Kindergarten Association Ltd, Brisbane.

This grant will help fund a documentary that will record the story of the establishment of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander early education workforce in Queensland. The project aligns with UNESCO’s education priorities and its efforts to engage with indigenous peoples.

Commedia Dell-Arte Day

Recipient: Bianca Bonino (FIP Theatre Company Inc), Sydney.  

This grant will help fund a week of workshops and performances to spread knowledge to NSW school students and the general public of the Commedia dell’Arte tradition (a form of improvised comic drama with roots dating back to 16th Century Europe). The flagship event will be held in Sydney and organised by the Sydney-based FIP Company in collaboration with Adelaide's Commedia con Corinna Company. The project aligns with UNESCO’s cultural heritage and education priorities and its objective of promoting cross-cultural exchange.

Building Capacity for Fijian Disaster Resilience: Developing Women Community Leaders

Recipient: The University of Newcastle, Newcastle.

This grant will help fund the University of Newcastle to train Fijian women in disaster risk assessment, preparedness, response and recovery.  This aligns with UNESCO’s science stream, which encourages education about preparedness for natural disasters.

Enhancing traditional owner capacity to protect mangroves against climate change through cross-cultural exchange

Recipient: TropWater (part of James Cook University).

This grant will help fund research collaboration between James Cook University and the University of Sao Paulo (in Brazil) and their existing indigenous partner organisations. The research aims to strengthen the capacity of traditional owners to engage in mangrove ecosystem monitoring, to improve traditional owner mangrove management in three UNESCO managed areas.  The project aligns with the UNESCO objective of promoting cross-cultural and scientific collaboration.  It will encourage knowledge sharing between two culturally distinct indigenous groups in similar latitudinal and climatic zones and between scientists and traditional owners.

Benchmarking Arts Diversity

Recipient: Diversity Arts Australia (formerly Kultour), Sydney.

This grant will help fund a survey and other research work to measure cultural diversity in Australia’s mainstream arts sector. The survey work will focus on Australia’s national, state and territory cultural institutions and major arts companies including galleries, museums, theatres, venues, performance spaces, publishers and screen, music and media producers. The projects aligns with UNESCO’s work to promote respect for cultural diversity.

Last Updated: 14 June 2017