‘The Ties that Bind’ Australia Council of the Arts Creative Producer
by Denni Scott Davies
Project artists include Diane Busuttil, an international Australian choreographer based in Berlin who is working beside and mentoring Zahra Smith, Creative People Collective and Reko Rennie Melbourne based International Visual Artist.
Arts & cultureprojects encourage For Councils, the process provides opportunities for residents to participate in arts and cultural development programs and projects which express the identity of their local area, explore new ideas and encourage cultural connections between diverse community groups including age, ability, sexuality and ethnicity. These opportunities identify, enhance and promote the distinct character of the community. These projects help to strengthen and build connections in the community and to create a better understanding about the people in local neighbourhoods and community.
The ‘Ties that Bind’ project funded through the Australia Council of the Arts Community Partnerships Creative Producer seeks to explore the identity, culture and connection of the community and its individuals through a series of arts based workshop programs that will work with the participants ,(residents, local artists and emerging artists) to develop and produce stories, music, songs, dance and visual art (icons and motifs), that reflect these ideas of community, cultural and personal identity.
The project aims to encourage the community to recognise that through the exploration of their own identity, culture and arts, the value of working together at a local level, the valuable role that the arts have in regeneration and as a tool for building healtheir communities and social capitol, while providing the opportunity for people to participate in working together to create their visions of a healthy and sustainable community through a creative, inclusive and reflective learning process that assists in telling important stories of individuals and communities, engendering pride, connectedness and a sense of belonging.
The project and project artists provide professional skills development while promoting social cohesion and building social capitol .The creative arts public outcomes promote dialogue and discussion around the themes of community identity as new techniques and ideas are introduced and embedded into the community. The project also provides a vehicle to build inter community partnerships with services, agencies and educational institutes.
Project Artists will work alongside local artists who will be encouraged to continue to mentor emerging artists withinthe community and through a mentoring program, be provided with support and advice on funding and developing their own programs and to work with Slippry Sirkus on future projects in the region.
The exhibition outcome of the works produced will be exhibited across the Mid North Coast and in 2013 exhibited as an art installation in Sydney.