ACMI partners with philanthropy group to promote education

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Gandel Philanthropy Flagship Grant with a donation of $650,000 will support the construction of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). The grant will enable the museum to support regional students through the Victorian Government’s Tech Schools initiative.

Digital learning labs and school-based programs will focus on emerging technology and promote media and screen literacy.

Gandel Philanthropy’s donation supports education outcomes over the next three years, with a program focused on building skills in entrepreneurship, digital game design, and emerging jobs and technologies.

“ACMI is one of the leaning cultural institutions that is also a hub of leaning and education. Its emphasis on tech leaning, on fostering creativity and looking to the future of education and employment have all been key factors in our family foundation’s decision to support this initiative,” said John Gandel, chairman of Gandel Philanthropy.

ACMI estimates the partnership with Gandel will help double student visitation to its Federation Square site to more than 140,000 students annually.

“This will be a major asset for Victorian students. It’s a great example of the educational connection between artistic creativity and cutting-edge technology,” said James Merlino, minister for Education.

The ACMI Tech School program will commence this year at Geelong Tech School with more schools to follow.

Gandel Philanthropy’s donation is part of ACMI’s redevelopment project, beginning 24 May. It complements the Andrews Labor Government’s $36.6 million investment in the project.

“The Gandel family are great supporters and champions of education, creativity, and young people. This generous, forward-thinking gift will benefit hundreds of thousands of young Victorians,” said Martin Foley, minister for Creative Industries.

“Not only will this partnership support education in Melbourne, it will extend ACMI’s reach into regional areas, ensuring more students get a world-class education regardless of their locations.”