Resilience Arts Program

The Resilience Arts Program (RAP) is an arts and wellbeing initiative proposed by the Hon Sarah Mitchell, Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning, and coordinated by The Arts Unit in association with the Michael Cassel Group, Australian promoter of HAMILTON.

NSW public school students in Years 10 to 12 in 2022 accompanied by supervising staff will have the opportunity to participate in an arts extension experience, culminating in viewing the Australian production of HAMILTON in February 2022.

The program aims to engage students who have been impacted by bushfire, flood, drought and/or COVID-19, in a range of drama, visual arts, slam poetry and cultural workshops and opportunities.

Dates: Between Tuesday 22 February to Thursday 24 February 2022.

All costs for travel, teacher relief, activities and tickets, meals and accommodation for students and supervising staff will be covered by the program. Travel will be arranged for staff and students once selections have been made.

NSW Health guidelines will be followed throughout the implementation of the program.

Applications are open now via The Arts Unit Community portal.

Schools can nominate up to 4 students for selection. Teachers may also nominate to be selected as supervising staff. Student and teacher applications will be assessed by a panel. Successful applicants will be advised by the end of Term 4.

Nominations close 5:00 pm Friday 10 December 2021.


Kristen Baker
The Arts Unit



Application process

Schools may nominate up to 4 students in Year 10 to Year 12 in 2022 and will be required to select a teacher to manage the application process.

These teachers will add student nominations (ranked) outlining the reasons for selection via The Arts Unit Community portal. Principals will receive a notification to approve their school’s nominations.

Teachers may also apply to accompany students from their school via The Arts Unit Community portal. If selected, they will also be expected to supervise students from other schools. 

Following the selection of students and supervising staff, all schools will be notified via email and via The Arts Unit Community portal.

Schools will receive program updates via the portal’s Chatter feed and will be required to upload all student permission and medical forms into the portal.

Participating staff and students must agree to comply with all NSW Health regulations, the Department of Education behaviour code and venue requirements. The venue requires that all visitors 16 years and over are fully vaccinated.


Selection – students

Students must be in Years 10 to 12 in 2022 and attend a NSW public school.

Based on one or more of the following criteria, schools may select students who are:

  • affected by loss caused by bushfires, floods, drought and/or COVID-19
  • engaging in senior drama, music, dance, visual arts, textiles, VET entertainment, or related arts learning
  • identified as highly skilled and/or motivated in the arts
  • affected by other challenging circumstances and whose wellbeing would benefit from the arts and cultural enrichment opportunity.

We encourage schools to include students from an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander or culturally and linguistically diverse background, and/or students with disability.

Student nominations will be evaluated by a panel according to set criteria.

Nomination information to provide:

  • name
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and/or English as an additional language or dialect background
  • reasons for selection (up to 100 words)
  • artform of interest (can be outside of school) – drama, dance, music, visual arts, textiles, VET Entertainment, production, other or not applicable.
  • experience in this artform area (not mandatory).


Selection – supervising staff

Applications to accompany students as a supervising teacher will be evaluated by a panel according to set criteria.

Supervising staff must:

  • have the principal’s permission to attend before applying
  • teach in a NSW public school
  • agree to supervise students from their own school and from other schools
  • describe their artform and excursion experience and how attendance will support their own professional development goals.

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