The Arts Unit of the NSW Department of Education and Communities is the powerhouse that connects and supports more than 500 schools and over 750 teachers involved in the Schools Spectacular each year. It demonstrates the Department’s commitment to high quality arts education for all New South Wales public school students.
The unit provides a statewide infrastructure for arts education. It delivers programs in dance, drama, music, visual arts, debating, public speaking, reading, spelling and special events to students and teachers of NSW government schools. Its priorities are:
creating learning experiences which complement and extend school and regional programs
building capacity to deliver arts education through targeted professional learning
providing high profile public performance, exhibition and competition opportunities
Annually, more than 44,000 students and 6,000 teachers directly access The Arts Unit’s programs and greater than 433,000 students are associated with The Arts Unit’s programs each year.
The Schools Spectacular is a major state government initiative for the arts in New South Wales.