The ‘IF YOU SEE IT, YOU CAN BE IT’ Ticket Project, is a We The Industry Inc. initiative made possible through the generous support of the Australia Council for the Arts. The project — inspired by Tobi Kyeremateng’s Black Ticket Project on London’s West End — aims to provide theatrical experiences to aspiring young artists from under-represented community groups who might have difficulty accessing the arts. Through this initiative, We The Industry hopes to inspire the next generation of young theatre makers and show them that there is space and opportunity available for all in the Australian theatre and arts industries.
A large part of We The Industry’s work hinges on creating pathways for young artists to arts education. However, a passion for the arts cannot be manufactured, and needs to be cultivated from any early age. Many professional artists can trace their passion for the arts back to important cultural experiences they had as a young person. There is a collective acknowledgement that without these experiences artists may have never pursed their professional careers so vehemently. The ‘IF YOU SEE IT, YOU CAN BE IT’ Ticket Project aims to provide young people with these 'seed' events that will inspire them and kickstart their journeys to becoming professional arts workers and theatre makers.
The program targets secondary students who are interested in the arts at school but who don't otherwise have access to arts experiences. We The Industry is facilitating excursions where students travel to the theatre to see a show and have the opportunity to engage with its cast and crew. These excursions are not only interested in what is happening onstage, but what is happening behind it, and aim to showcase the diverse opportunities available to our next generation of arts workers. In addition, the program has a strong equity, diversity and inclusion focus that guides its delivery.
Do you know a secondary school or community arts group that might benefit from this program? Head over to our contact page and let us know. We would love to hear from you.
We, the team at We The Industry, acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land throughout Australia in which we work and live. We recognise their continuing connection to land, water, community and culture. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. We extend this acknowledgement further to those of the Wiradjuri nation upon whose land this organisation was founded. Sovereignty was never ceded.