An Artful Contribution

What an extraordinary start to 2011 as 5 states struggle to deal with natural disasters – floods in the eastern states, bushfires in the west.  And as we watch thousands of fellow Aussies suffering, we can feel helpless to offer assistance on such a wide scale.

However, believe it or not, this is where Community Arts can come to the fore and show its integral value to Australian society and to communities across the country.

  • From individual musicians dropping in to evacuation centres to lift the spirits of victims with song…
  • to performers organising fund-raising concerts in their local area’s…
  • From individual creative artists donating works to help raise relief funds….
  • To street performers making people smile as they go about their day – lifting spirits and collecting spare change towards the relief effort….
  • And Theatre folk – putting on shows in recovering communities to take people’s minds off their worries…
  • To the Writers, capturing stories from individuals for future recollections – it’s one way for people to express the grief and trauma, allowing the way for recovery
  • And artists across all Art streams who will write the songs, record the stories, write the books, create the pictures, the paintings, the sculptures, the videos  ….and so much more … that the rest of the country won’t ever forget what happened in December/January 2011

Oh yes, Community Arts does indeed have a role to play in the recovery.

If you have an idea that you would like to contribute, a project that you would like to get off the ground, then why not drop in to Octapod and discuss the possibilities.  We’re back on deck from January 27 and we’d love to meet you.