Why do we take work out to schools? Reflecting on Balance by Dave Jones

Throughout May and June, Regional Arts Victoria is raising funds to help disadvantaged regional school students experience high quality art. In this blog series, Regional Arts Victoria staff reflect on why a good arts education is so important for children and young people.


Balance by Transcience. Photo by Michelle McFarlane.

Balance by Transience. Photo by Michelle McFarlane.


Every two years the Australian Children’s Theatre Foundation (ACTF) generously supports the development of new work specifically for primary children through the ACTF Commission.  In Term 1 this year the Education & Families program proudly toured the successful applicant of the 2015 ACTF Commission Balance by Transience (Natimuk artist Dave Jones).

As with all our tours, the Balance tour covered such a large area it was simply not possible to attend every booking. The personal reflections we request of students and teachers gives us invaluable insight into each school’s experience. Compiling the student feedback for the Balance tour (as I do for each On the Road performance) was one of my recent highlights. We ask each school to hand out 5 student forms, however, Balance was so popular that we received a record number of student reflections (115!) as well as another 50 or so beautifully illustrated responses. 94% of students ranked the show above 4 stars (many inventing their own rating system of up to 10 stars). Comments included: “It was perfect. Best incursion ever!”, “I liked how it was different to other performances”, “It was very fun and educational.”  The teacher and community comments were equally as positive.

For me, it was further validation of the value of our program and how lucky we are to be able to provide high quality arts experiences to students around regional Victoria.