In 2013 Stellenbosch Outdoor Sculpture Trust (SOST) launched KickstART, an educational outreach programme which makes a long-term contribution and commitment towards the development of vulnerable youth in and around Stellenbosch. Grade 9 learners from disadvantaged schools are exposed to career opportunities in the arts and creative industries and offered hope through exposure to art and design. Through interactive, art-related workshops which include tours of the public art in Stellenbosch, a curatorial panel identifies learners who show exceptional creative talent to partake in an art bursary and mentorship programme. The programme holistically supports and develops participants, inspiring future vision and dreams and enabling them to reach their full potential.
Bursaries include classes at the PJ Olivier Art Centre in Stellenbosch, along with all materials and art supplies; private transport to and from class; a meal on the days they have class; extra theory classes; and career counselling and guidance from Welgevallen Community Clinic at Stellenbosch University. What makes the bursary programme even more unique is that each child is allocated a mentor who has been carefully selected to match their unique needs to prevent programme dropout and provide additional support to participants.