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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 28 November 2015
NEWS 6 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 28 NOVEMBER 2015 Join AHEPA Youth in a night of jazz, food and wine A fundraiser that will take you behind the scenes of the Hellenic Museum NELLY SKOUFATOGLOU A Night at the Museum, a fundraiser to ensure Greek history and culture is embedded in the mind of all Australian students, will take place at the Hellenic Museum on Saturday 5 December. Organised by AHEPA Youth, the event itself will enable guests to immerse themselves in the treasures of Greek history and raise money for the Hellenic Museum's all important education program. The Hellenic Museum's bilingual education program covers both primary and secondary school education, with the secondary education program sectioned off by subject and year level. The education guide works hand-in-hand with a curator-led guided tour of the collection. All ticket holders to the AHEPA Youth fundraiser will have the opportunity to view the award-winning Benaki exhibition ‘Gods, Myths and Mortals: Greek Treasures Across the Millennia’, right here in Melbourne, as well as bring in the festive season with a scrumptious feast provided by the Sweet Greek's Kathy Tsaples to the sounds of a soulful jazz outfit. "Through art and culture, the education program of a museum is fundamental in educating students about the world they live in," says the Hellenic Museum's Penni Pappas. "Even more so, the exhibition ‘Gods, Myths and Mortals’ challenges students to recognise the past, engage with the present in order to understand their future." The museum, as a not-forprofit arts institution, relies on the funds raised from these organisations as well as the generosity of sponsors and individual benefactors. "Already we have three very exciting exhibitions in store for next year, and with the ongoing cultural collaboration between our museum and the Benaki Museum, we need strong foundations in place to enable us to create inclusive education programs that will DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Melbourne highprofile couple makes historical donation $10 million has been allocated to Melbourne University towards boosting history teaching BRW Rich Listed Melbourne couple Paul Little and Jane Hansen are believed to have made the largest-ever contribution towards the study of history. With a contribution of $10 million to the University of Melbourne to boost teaching standards for history studies in the arts faculty, the duo launched its new philanthropic effort, the Little Foundation, which will also fund other educational initiatives. "This is the largest gift for the faculty of arts in its history [and] it's an investment in history that we have never seen before," Melbourne University vice-chancellor Glyn Davis said. suit all Australian students," says Ms Pappas. "We are very grateful to organisations such as AHEPA Youth, who understand the importance of education and place as much value on this as the museum does," continues Ms Pappas. The Hellenic Museum's Education Initiative encompasses so many of AHEPA's pillars that its executive committee members were instantly drawn to support it. "Supporting education and preserving our cultural heritage, while giving back to the community, is our civic responsibility as young Hellenes in Australia," AHEPA Youth's Anthea Tsaousi tells Neos Kosmos, stressing how effective this innovative approach is to engage future generations in history learning. "Students will have the opportunity to learn about some of the most fascinating historical periods by actually seeing the artefacts that encapsulate the true essence of that era up close." Students from all over Melbourne, regional Victoria and interstate have visited the collection as part of a comprehensive and curator-led school tour since the exhibition was launched a year ago. Teachers are encouraged to engage the students through questions and activities before, and then after the guided tour through the comprehensive education guide developed in conjunction with the Benaki Museum's education department. School tours include an introductory talk, a guided tour of the exhibition and a workshop if requested. The tour - which takes up to an hour and is capped at a maximum of 20 students - can be conducted in both English and Greek. The museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10.00 am-4.00 pm. The tours cost $8 per student, with free entry for accompanying teachers. All proceeds from the fundraiser will assist the museum in the development of new education guides for upcoming collections. To book a school tour, contact the Hellenic Museum on (03) 8615 9016 or email firstname.lastname@example.org A Night at the Museum will take place on Saturday 5 December at the Hellenic Museum, 280 William Street, Melbourne. Tickets are $55 for students and $65 for adults and can be purchased via www.ahepayouth. org/fundraising Ms Hansen's passion for ancient Greek wars, the Renaissance era and art has led her to the emotional but well-considered record donation. She is on the board of the Melbourne Theatre Company and as well as her current arts degree, has degrees in economics and a master of finance and business administration from Monash and Columbia universities. Paul Little, on the other hand, the former chief executive of Toll Holdings, who steps down as Essendon chairman next month, helped establish the First Step organisation in 2000 that combats drug addiction, as well as the Second Step drug treatment and rehabilitation programs. "Who wouldn't want to know what made the 300 stand their ground at Thermopylae or why Caesar crossed the Rubicon, or Hitler pushed on towards Stalingrad or what caused Gorbachev to tear down the Wall?" said Ms Hansen, who is also undertaking an arts degree at the university. "It is my intention this will change the conversation about history. I want to encourage awareness of the significance of an education in history and nurture a passion and appreciation for its relevance in the wider community." The foundation will, via $8 million from the Hansen Trust, fund the Hansen Chair in History, three Hansen lectureships, an annual Hansen PhD scholarship and, in conjunction with the faculty of arts, a senior lectureship in history. The couple is also funding the Mavis Little Award for the Victorian Artists Society artist of the year. "Paul and I have made the money in our own lifetimes, we have taken risks, we have worked hard and we firmly believe in giving something back," Ms Hansen added. "It isn't a cheque-writing exercise where a donation is passed off as charity. It is more about targeted programs where the founders have had extensive involvement in the design and impact of their investment," the pair later stressed in a joint statement. Meanwhile, the Hansen Trust' will fund $30,000 for student scholarships each year, in addition to the employment of more history experts and staff at the university. Source: AFR, 9News Jane Hansen and Paul Little at the announcement of The Hansen Trust - a gift to the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne. PHOTO: PETER CASAMENTO.
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