All Ability Arts

Kindergarten to Year 12 students with disability

Throughout the year, the All Ability Arts program provides teachers and students of all ages and abilities with teaching, learning and performance opportunities in areas such as music, dance, visual arts, public speaking, film and drama for or to support students with disability. 

student holding a red plane made from cardboard

Connections Showcase 

This annual showcase is an opportunity to celebrate the creativity of our NSW public school students with disability. Showcase submissions are open to students in Kindergarten to Year 12 who are interested in creative practices such as music, dance, visual arts, public speaking, film and drama. The creative and performing arts projects can be completed by schools, classes or individual students. Submissions are then compiled into a digital showcase celebrating the creativity of our NSW public school students with disability.

2023 City, Country, Coast screening from Monday 9 October

This year's theme can be interpreted in any way you like and applied to any creative and performing arts projects you and your students focus on throughout the year. Applications for the 2023 showcase are now closed. If you would like to be notified when 2024 applications open, please complete the Connections showcase expression of interest form. 

The showcase will screen in Term 4, Week 1, Monday 9 to Friday 13 October.


Connections Showcase 2023 City, Country. Coast

Professional learning

Dance for teachers of students with disability is a 2-day workshop for teachers consisting of seminars and practical activities aimed at developing skills in teaching dance and engaging students with additional learning needs. The program is open to teachers from both NSW public and non-government schools. Sessions are facilitated by industry professionals and Department of Education teachers with specialised skills. Visit Dance professional learning for teachers of students with disability to find out more and participate.

Teachers dancing in a circle participating in the 2021 Inclusive dance workshop for teachers.


Shining Stars

Shining Stars provides opportunities for students in Metro South and West Metropolitan South including Campbelltown to engage in a relevant and meaningful arts education that caters to the needs, interests and abilities of each student. Students develop knowledge of the creative arts curriculum, life skills, performance skills and confidence as they explore creative and performing arts.

Key Benefits:

  • Holistic growth: Nurture life skills, enhance performance abilities, and boost self-confidence through creative and performing arts.
  • Dynamic workshops: Engage in diverse workshops to refine creative skills and let your talents shine.
  • Forge friendships: Build meaningful connections with peers, extending beyond the program.

Professional learning

Shining Stars also provides professional learning opportunities for teachers and School Learning Support Officers (SLSO) who are interested in developing their skills in creative arts education and in learning how to use and teach dance, drama, music and visual arts effectively in the classroom to support students.


The Arts Initiatives team
The Arts Unit
02 8512 1190
Ashley Napoleoni
Student Dance Development and Delivery Officer / A/Arts Initiatives and Events Officer
The Arts Unit
02 8512 1178
Nicola Marshall
Arts Initiatives Support Officer
The Arts Unit
02 8512 1170
Michelle Murphy
Arts Coordination Officer
Riverwood Education Office
0425 384 484
Michelle Davies
02 9746 6202

Creative arts digital teaching resources for students with disability

Are you looking for some fun and accessible creative arts lessons for students with a range of disability in your classroom? Look no further, we have you covered! The Arts Unit delivers professional learning and student workshops, as well as partnering with organisations such as Art Gallery of NSW to provide teaching resources, starting points and inspiration. Explore our range of online teaching resources for students with disability. These are perfect for teachers and carers to give wonderful creative learning opportunities for students.


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