Category Archives: community arts

The Seed and the Pod bears fruit

Our new SeedPod program has started a buzz of ideas and if you’ve got one you’d like to bring to fruition then you’d better get in and see us soon! SeedPod offers support for artists to work with communities on creative projects and provides grants comprising cash, in-kind support and skills development workshops. The closing […]

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On yer Bike and Cycle with the Pod

A website launched by the Australia Council for the Arts last year [ http://www.whatmakesme.com.au/about ] is an initiative designed to encourage Australians to learn and understand how art enhances each individual’s life. That’s exactly what Octapod aims to do for people in the greater Newcastle region.  We know that the Arts foster tolerance, creative and […]

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Sowing Seeds at the Pod

This week sees an exciting new initiative launched by Octapod – its  SeedPod Community Cultural Development (CCD) Program. The program is designed to assist artists or arts-workers to work with communities on creative projects and was made possible largely through an inaugral fundraising event held last November.   The types of projects Octapod would like to […]

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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 […]

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Connecting the dots to hit the right note

A recent story on the local TV station NBN really brought home what the term Community Arts is all about. The story focussed on the revival of the ukulele as a respected instrument and the explosion of Ukestras in Australia.  An Ukestra is a ukulele orchestra and outside of Australia has become a phenomenally popular […]

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PLAY IT UP…TAKE IT UP….or…..TALK IT UP

Economics May put Bread on the Table – but it’s Arts that feed the soul Community Arts can comprise a wide variety of interests, genre’s, expression, but the key factor that makes it fit within the definition is that the art form is Of the community, BY the community, and FOR the community.  It’s not […]

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