Mara and Llew Kiek Artists in Residence at Heckenberg Public School
Mara and Llew have been working as artists in Residence for Musica Viva Australia In Schools at Heckenberg Public School for the past 3 years from 2020-22 and the program has now been extended by a year to make up for the disruptions to the program caused by the pandemic.
The NSW program involves two primary schools in South Western Sydney -Heckenberg and Ashcroft Public Schools. It builds on similar MVAIS programs in SA and VIC, and aims to create an enhanced musical culture among staff and students at both schools that will continue after the culmination of the residency.
Both the schools already had an evolving music program, but successfully tendered to be part of this new initiative which places the artists in each school for 30 days each year. Over the three years, we have focused on upskilling teachers and students, bringing musical activities into their classrooms, presenting student concerts, further developing ensembles, creating new ones and a initiating a variety of projects to enrich students, staff, parents and the wider community.

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