Kimberley schools will benefit from more than $170,000 in State Government grants for arts education. Yiramalay Studio School, north of Fitzroy Crossing, hosts performers from Theatre Kimberley and the National Institute of Circus Arts to teach performing arts that students could not experience otherwise. The program has been running for seven years, but a $59,203 grant will now enable students to create their own wearable artworks and travel to Broome in November to perform in Theatre Kimberley’s Raranga production. Yiramalay Studio School students took part in a similar production in 2020. Studio Schools of Australia’s Tanya Davies said the school was grateful the program could continue. “We’re a very remote Indigenous school,” Ms Davies said. “We’re able to connect with specialists in their fields that otherwise we wouldn’t, because of this kind of grant.” The grant is part of the State Government’s Creativity for Schools program, which has provided $485,126 to schools and artists so far. In the East Kimberley, Purnulu School and Warlayirti Artists also received almost $60,000 each. Arts Minister David Templeman said he was particularly pleased that regional schools had received grants. “[Students] develop a lifelong love and appreciation of the arts which contributes positively to their health and wellbeing,” Mr Templeman said.