Whether it was making a pinch pot, performing in a play or dance recital, or singing in the choir, most of us can remember participating in the arts during our school years. But arts education doesn’t just teach skills to future practitioners of the arts. It teaches children the creativity, collaboration, and criti- cal thinking skills needed to succeed in the 21st century.
Aliandra Calabrese, who'll be competing for the crown of Miss World Australia 2018, developed Youth Performing Arts Queensland with her family, a non-for-profit organization which provided scholarship positions to disadvantaged young people who would have otherwise been unable to pursue the arts - "The company has given hundreds of children the opportunity to engage with and be mentored by industry professionals" - she explained.
Aliandra's passion is singing and performing, she studied voice at the Conservatorium of Music for 5 years and is currently completing a Diploma of Piano. For many years she has enjoyed participating in musical theatre productions and have had the pleasure of playing lead roles in productions such as Grease and Fame the Musical.
Through studying a Masters of architectural design, Aliandra hopes to have an impact on the built environment in ways that benefit those in need. She wishes to devote herself to initiatives that support women and young girls in developing countries. "Through infrastructural and architectural intervention, I hope to contribute to improving the quality of life of young people and communities in disadvantaged parts of the world."
If she wins the crown Aliandra will have the opportunity to represent Australia Miss World 2018. Miss World Australia holds an annual pageant to identify young Australian women who exemplify beauty, talent, intelligence and compassion. It aims to create and empower role models who will serve as ambassadors to charity, enrich the perception of beauty, and enhance a new strength, energy and spirit for the advancement of women, while positively impacting their communities.
Did you know ? Two Australian representatives have won the Miss World title, in 1968 and 1972.