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Reflections Magazine : Reflections Magazine Issue 53 Summer 2013
REFLECTIONS • GOWRIE AUSTRALIA • SUMMER 2013 - ISSUE 53 19 QUT Arts Event Day & Out of the Box There are two ways that the student cohorts participate in community arts. On each 'even' year students design and deliver activity ideas at the Out of the Box Festival hosted by Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), on each 'odd' year students design and deliver activities at an Arts Event Day at the School of Early Childhood, QUT Kelvin Grove campus. Out of the Box is an internationally respected 10-day festival dedicated to arts in early childhood. It attracts over 10,000 visitors who participate in workshops hosted by professional artists and performers. QPAC and QUT Early Childhood students work together to design a space and a concept for children and families to create and make. By contrast, QUT Arts Event Day is held on one day and is attended by around 180 local school children, preschool children and their teachers, parents and carers. The day is organised into four sessions, and children and adults are free to wander around the enclosed space and try out as many of the activities as they wish during each session. Benefits of community arts The two events are very different in scale and content, however each is equally effective in introducing community ar ts to adults and children: • Benefits for children - children have exposure to different ways for making art, beyond how they might usually encounter it at home, school or preschool. Community arts is based on equity in learning and is inclusive of diverse abilities and identities so children have greater ownership and control over their ideas and creations. • Benefits for educators - educators are required to use different pedagogies to respond to the different environments, aims and intentions of community arts. A more collaborative, and less-directional approach is needed to enable children and adult participants to work through their own work through their own ideas, in their own ways. • Benefits for community - some communities can feel very 'invisible' or vulnerable. Collaborative arts can actively raise the profile of a community and help bring about identity building. Community arts can also bring diverse members of the community together, and this helps to build positive relationships between different groups of people. Introducing community arts If you are interested in bringing community arts into your centre or wider area, here are a number of recommendations to help get you star ted: • Develop a strong project design - think about why you want to do a community arts project. Is it to produce something permanent like a mural, to get the community together to make temporary things, or to celebrate your area? This will help you to think about size, scale, what funding you might need, what kind of artists you need to use. • Consider any restrictions - these can include whether you can paint on the walls, put mosaics in the floor, sound restrictions for music performances or safety of your space for dance or drama activities. Restrictions can also be around cultural sensitivity and what is appropriate for people to make or do. • Think inventively! - murals of cartoon characters are a dime a dozen, so liaise with your local artists and performers to work on ideas and concepts that will be really high quality and well aimed at the participants. Contact your State Government arts department to seek advice on who is in your area. • Be well prepared - community arts events look really chaotic and ad hoc, but in reality they are very busy occasions and require a lot of careful planning to ensure the enjoyment and safety of all those involved. • Be collaborative - a really high-quality community arts project is the result of good quality communication, so talk to parents, carers, community members and, most importantly, the children - ask all of them for ideas and suggestions. • Think about your working space - what is possible? If your area is too small, or can't be wet or messy, is there a local green area nearby, or can the outdoor play area be used instead? • Think of the end result first! - the best way to develop community arts projects is to plan backwards. This means having an end product in your mind and going backwards from that. This allows you to consider all the small details such as materials, timescales, artists, costs, as well as the installation of a sculptural work, or the preparation of a wall or floor prior to a mural or mosaic. • The weather! - even though Australia has glorious weather much of the time, unexpected wet days need to be planned for. Outdoor events are also best planned for cooler months rather than in the middle of summer. Learn more about community arts through these resources and links: Arts Queensland, State Government arts department: http://www.arts.qld.gov.au/ National Endowment for the Arts, community artists series: http://www.nea.gov/about/nearts/2010_v4/webf/Artist-role.html Arts initiative between YMCA and young college students: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2ZhBjcRi5c Community art igloo project by Cork Community Artlink: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vxjCeEf_60&feature=related The Australia Council: http://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/ reflections.issue53_Layout 1 11/11/13 2:27 PM Page 19
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