On Thursday 19 October, the National School of Arts and Equity Pathways screened the short film produced by the students involved in the Laura Aspirations Project. Participating students from our local partner schools – Earnshaw State High, Clontarf Beach State High and Sandgate State High – and their proud families came together to view the film that the students had made about their experience of the Laura Festival.
For this project – which was conceived and delivered by the National School of Arts and Equity Pathways – Eight Indigenous young people travelled to the Laura traditional Aboriginal Dance Festival in Far North Queensland. They were accompanied by Dr Maggie Nolan, Deputy Head of the Queensland School of Arts, and Erin Dougherty from First Peoples and Equity Pathways Directorate. The students were provided with cameras so that they could document their experiences at the Festival and then travelled to Melbourne where they spent three days in the editing suites at ACU’s Arts Precinct making the film.
This has been a life-changing experience for these young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who were able to connect with country and culture. In this sense, the Laura Aspirations Project has both raised aspirations and built capacity for young Indigenous students in our partner schools.
This was a genuinely collaborative project between the National School of Arts and Equity Pathways, and we wish to thank all of the people who have made it such a success, including Mel Seal Moradi and Jake Hardiman from First Peoples and Equity Pathways Directorate, and Tina Effeney, Amiel Matthews and Al Noveloso from the National School of Arts
Professor Michael Ondaatje, the National Head of the School of Arts, attended the screening and spoke of his pride in the project and the University’s commitment to Impact through Empathy.
A follow-up screening for staff on the Brisbane campus will be held on Friday 1 December at 12pm in room 212.G.22