About the artsbus
The artsbus is a mobile arts studio, theatre and music space, enabling AKC to facilitate meaningful, thoughtful and therapeutic arts activities. It brings quality arts practices to children who would otherwise miss out.
Many children and young people with complex lives find it difficult to access arts activities due to financial hardship, transport issues and other responsibilities . Like a ‘mobile library’, the artsbus travels to children, eliminating issues of access. The artsbus provides a quality, best practice creative opportunities, for those who may otherwise miss-out.
creating arts opportunities for kids and young people...
South Melbourne artsbus
A weekly program hosted by AKC for primary school aged children at Park Towers.
This regular program connects kids with artists and offers ongoing opportunities to collaborate on group projects. The South Melbourne artsbus is supported by The City of Port Phillip.
North Melbourne artsbus
Monthly programs hosted by AKC for primary school aged children living in social housing near the North Melbourne Community Centre.
This regular program connects kids with artists and offers ongoing opportunities to collaborate on group projects. The North Melbourne artsbus is supported by The City of Melbourne.
The artsbus can be booked by schools based in Victoria for a once-off program or workshop series that aligns with AKC’s mission.
The artsbus programs connect students with practicing artists in a way that is strengths-based and child-led. To enquire about bringing the artsbus to your school, please email Gen (AKC artsbus Program Manager) at artsbus @akc.org.au
Airing on Channel31 and online, artsbusTV is a community arts TV series that showcases creativity from the emerging generation.
Facilitated by Artists for Kids Culture, the six episodes feature young hosts, actors and directors aged 10 – 17 years old across Victoria.
Since launching in early 2021, the artsbus has been contracted by local government and community organisations for special events.
The artsbus can create a mobile studio that is welcoming and engaging for kids, teens and youth. Get in touch with us to learn more and design a program to suit your event.
Co-design with kids through art
The arts are a powerful way to engage children and youth in consultation and public art projects.
The AKC artsbus team can facilitate mural projects and develop innovative workshops for Councils and organisations seeking to get kids and young people’s ideas on issues and local matters.
Making the AKC artsbus
Our artsbus has been on the road since March 2021. The design of the artsbus was a fun and rewarding experience with many people to thank for their input...
AKC thank: our interior designers, Rachael Leslie and Anton Koch; our builders, Chapman and Bailey; and everyone else who has helped out including Fiona Larwill, Che McMahon and Ruth Krawat from the AKC Committee.
We would like to thank and acknowledge our major supporter, The Collie Foundation.
The Collie Foundation, forever an important player – is enabling AKC to get our artsbus on the road.