MEDIA RELEASE: THURSDAY 15 JULY 2021

Australia’s national museum of screen culture, ACMI, is strengthening career pathways for students in regional and outer-urban areas thanks to a generous multi-year flagship grant from Gandel Philanthropy.

ACMI is a world leader in moving image education, enabling school students to discover and expand their skills and creativity needed for the jobs of their future.

Following a transformative two-year, $40m redevelopment, ACMI is welcoming schools back to the museum in Fed Square. More than 10,000 students have visited since the building reopened in February, learning about emerging technologies and the art of film, TV, videogames, digital culture and art.  

Students and teachers can now access the latest technology and creative tools in the Gandel Digital Future Labs – two state-of-the-art education studios renewed with the support of Gandel Philanthropy.

Through its partnership with Gandel Philanthropy, ACMI is also working with Tech Schools in Geelong, Bendigo and Casey to build industry connections and pathways for young students into potential industries of employment that focus on entrepreneurship, game design and other evolving technologies.

In the Greater Geelong region 100 students have participated in programs through this partnership and a new two-day program, ‘Virtual X’, is now available for the 28 secondary schools in the Geelong Tech Schools network area.

Quote attributable to Gandel Philanthropy Chairman, John Gandel AC:
“ACMI’s emphasis on strengthening tech learning and fostering creativity in young people has probably never been more important. It is clear that ACMI is one of the leading cultural institutions, but also one that is a hub of learning and education, both at their museum in Fed Square and through programs such as its Tech Schools initiative. Gandel Philanthropy is proud to be in partnership with ACMI to help strengthen pathways for young people from regional Victoria into industry and employment through its education programs.”

Quote attributable to ACMI Director & CEO Katrina Sedgwick OAM:
“As Victorian students return to school this week, it’s timely to recognise the important impact of Gandel Philanthropy’s Flagship Grant on ACMI education programs; preparing young people – tomorrow’s leaders, entrepreneurs, inventors, citizens – for employment and jobs that have not even been imagined, providing them with the skills they’ll need to navigate their future.”

About ACMI 
ACMI is Australia’s national museum of screen culture. Navigate the universe of film, TV, videogames and art with us. ACMI celebrates the wonder and power of the world’s most democratic artform – fostering the next generation of makers, players and watchers. ACMI’s vibrant calendar of exhibitions, screenings, commissions, festivals, and industry and education programs explore the stories, technologies and artists that create our shared screen culture. More at acmi.net.au

Discover more about ACMI’s programs for students and teachers here

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