The Alcoa Schools Education Program has welcomed its 20,000th school student to Sculpture by the Sea. The Alcoa sponsored program is providing Western Australian schools students the opportunity to attend hands-on sculpture workshops during which they explore the exhibition, talk first-hand with artists and create their own sculptures.
David Handley AM, Sculpture by the Sea Founding Director said, “Alcoa has been a wonderful long-term partner of Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe since the very first exhibition in 2005. We look forward to welcoming more than 2,500 schools students and their teachers to the Alcoa Schools Education Program this year, who will benefit from a unique insight to the exhibition.”
Three hundred students and their teachers from schools around Alcoa’s operations, including Pinjarra, Waroona, Dwellingup and Kwinana will participate in the program as guests of Alcoa.
The Alcoa Schools Education Program includes on-line resources for teachers interested in taking their students to the exhibition themselves. Resources include information on self-guided tours, the venue, safety, exhibiting artists and their artworks and an introduction to sculpture.
Michael Parker, Alcoa of Australia Managing Director, said the company was proud of its 12-year partnership to enhance education and community access to one of the most popular and exciting art events on the WA calendar.
“I congratulate the Sculpture by the Sea team and all the artists on yet another breath-taking exhibition – this is a brilliant event for the whole community to enjoy,” Mr Parker said.