At St Martins we believe that connecting with different cultures, abilities, ages and ways of being enriches us all.
We focus on inclusion, participation and access across everything we do. Barriers to the arts exist for many children and young people. These may come from disability, learning challenges, cultural and linguistic difference or economic difficulty. Through our work we strive to dissolve these barriers.
Our workshop program features our unique integrative inclusion method for young people. Our diverse teaching staff have training in using Auslan, Visual mapping, tactile exercises, understanding neuro diversity, working with challenging behaviours and we will work with you to ensure our workshop artists are best matched to your child’s needs.
We offer inclusion scholarships for our weekly Northcote and South Yarra programs. These scholarships support young people with disabilities, learning challenges, from culturally diverse backgrounds, or who face economic difficulties.
Our Inclusion Coordinator works with our Inclusion Support Artists to ensure all children have the best possible experience. They work with our workshop artists to adapt and develop workshop content for children with a wide range of needs.
They provide individual support for students in workshops, write individual inclusion plans, develop effective engagement techniques for our workshop artists, run professional development, and maintain a focus within St Martins on inclusive practice.
We also work across a number of locations to give a broad range of children and teens access to the arts. We offer free weekly workshops in St Albans, the Horace Petty Housing Estate (Prahran), and Dandenong.
We also advocate for diversity among our peers by hosting practical sessions and conversations for artists, teachers, parents and anyone who wants to engage with art in a genuinely inclusive way.