Girls from Oz provides activities to children and young people in remote Australia that expand life experiences, create connections, encourage growth in confidence and increase opportunities for those who have limited access to high quality performing arts education.
One of the strengths of g-oz is the consistency with which we deliver our program, and we are counted on as a reliable aspect of the girls' educational experience. So many programs targeted towards remote Australians just come and go. g-oz will not be one of those programs.
"The Girls from Oz are simply amazing people with skills that are rarely seen outside capital cities. Carnarvon is a long way from anywhere and for our girls to be exposed to the Arts is brilliant. What is of more significance is the social and emotional education that they do with the students. They coach the girls to be happy, building their self-esteem and resilient using dance and singing as a tool. They interact in the most accepting and caring manner that students respond to. The girls know that Girls from Oz care about them as people first and foremost." Rosemary Paterson, Principal - Carnarvon Community College
Girls from Oz (g-oz) is a not for profit organisation premised on the a strong belief that all young people should be able to access and enjoy the benefits of the Performing Arts, regardless of economic position, geographic location or residential status. g-oz was formed in 2007 by committed and passionate directors, alumni and staff of the Australian School of Performing Arts (ASPA), which encompasses the Australian Girls Choir (AGC) and Australian Arts Alive (a3). g-oz utilises the 31 years of expertise and experience of the ASPA team to deliver performing arts workshops encompassing song, dance, drama, language and story telling.
Our experience has shown that young people develop a strong sense of
self-esteem, discipline and confidence as a direct result of singing,
dancing, playing and performing with others - benefits that are then
applied in their everyday lives in the community. We engage Indigenous
girls and young women in remote towns in WA - both within and outside of
school - by using an innovative Performing Arts education program to
create education, training and employment pathways.
One off activities in various parts of Australia from 2007-2009 informed our belief that it was essential to establish our program in one town at a time and become a reliable aspect of the children's education. We began working in Halls Creek in 2010 and in Carnarvon in 2013 and piloted our first program on the east coast of Australia; Lockhart River, Far North QLD in July 2015.
The identified aims for this program are:
The delivery of a series of Performing Arts workshops of the highest calibre to the young residents of selected towns that will result in improved attendance at school and higher participation in after school offerings and community events.
This year, Girls from Oz will be delivering its program in Halls Creek (WA) for the seventh year and Carnarvon (WA) for the fourth year and will undertake our first year in Lockhart River with the Puuya Foundation.
In 2015 the first 25 g-oz Giving Circles were formed; this year we're
aiming to increase the number of circles from 25 to 30. A Giving Circle
is a group of like-minded people who pool their donations together so
that collectively their money has more impact. Aiming for $25,000 g-oz
raised in excess of $36,000 in 2015 which was matched by Creative
Partnerships Australia. This year we are aiming to raise $30,000 by June
30. The funding raised will allow g-oz to reach more Indigenous girls
and young women in remote communities.
We appreciate the support we have received from our donors thus far and look forward to continuing to grow g-oz in 2016.
Are donations tax deductible? Yes
Will I receive a receipt for my donation?
Yes, immediately sent to you by email when approved.