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February 2011
Our focus, this month , has been in delivering  projects on the Mid North Coast  of NSW:
The ‘Flow; project supported by the CocaCola Australia Foundation is an arts based project
to promote leadership, raise awareness of the environment and  engender social cohesion, while providing pathways for young people, especially those ‘at risk’ .
The project is being delivered in partnership with TAFE, Many Rivers Family Violence Prevention Aboriginal Legal Service, Kempsey Shire Council and youth focused organisations.
The project will provide training in digital media to produce digital stories by the young people and the community
Macleay Argus   4.3.11                 image by Jarrod Lipscombe

Congratulations to Raphaela Rosella (Rosie) who is working as a digital photographic artist on the ‘Looking Back to the Future’ intergenerational digital storytelling project and who has been nominated

to attend a World Master Class in photojournalism in the U.S A.

www.raphaelarosella.com.au

 
Uncle Tom Kelly, Susie & Anna Tara.              image by Raphaela Rosella
(Uncle Tom Kelly, who we are privileged to have as a participant in the ‘Looking Back to the Future’ project, is considered to be officially the oldest living Indigenous man in New South Wales .)

The Healthier Communities Strategy is winding up across the Hastings region with over  160 young people participating in the Live Well, Eat Well, Move Well ‘Circus Mooves’ program in partnership with Port Macquarie Hastings Council, Wauchope Neighbourhood Centre, Area Health, D.E.T , Biripai L.A.L.C , Bunyah L.A.L.C  and Bindi Aboriginal Heritage & Cultural Centre.

      
‘Circus Mooves’ – Healthier Communities Strategy

Across the Mid North Coast,   the Youth Fest project in partnership with MiiMi Aboriginal Corporation is delivering training and workshops in events management and production.

The project is collaborating with Links to Learning, Nambucca Youth Services  and  Kempsey TAFE pathways programs to provide sustainable outcomes for the young people participating in the project.   Art produced will be showcased during Youth Week at Youth Fest events.

www.miimi.org.au

Nambucca Youth Services workshop.

Congratulations to Kerrie Grace, on the inaugural Social Enterprise for Wellbeing and Mental Health 2011 conference based in the Nambucca Valley (NSW). The conference explored the role of social enterprise in community wellbeing and how it can be utilised as a tool for early intervention in mental health. 

Keynote speakers at the conference included ConNetica Director Professor John Mendoza, who has served several executive positions including the inaugural Chair of the Australian Government’s National Advisory Council on Mental Health, CEO of the Mental Health Council of Australia and CEO of the Australian Sports Drug Agency.

Other speakers include a Patron of the Australian Men’s Shed Association Professor Barry Golding, Michael Newman, Dr. John Tickell, May Lam (Social Traders), Steve Lawrence (Australian Social Innovation Exchange), Jo Barrket (QUT), Donnie Maclurcan (Project Australia), Social Firms Australia and Nic Bolto (Ostara) The conference was well attended and proved to be a great success.   www. socialenterpriseconference.blogspot.com/2010/11/conference-brief.html

A proposed inter-generational  arts  based strategy  is being developed for  delivery in communities in Victoria  The strategy aims to provide opportunities for training for participants and partnering stakeholders  through  the arts and community development practice.

Further sightings and news from the Cambodian Space Project – who have been granted Visa’s to tour the USA  and showcase their music at the South by South West  Festival in Austin, Texas

www.schedule.sxsw.com/events/event_MS11897-

‘Khmer meets Koori’
Srey Thy and Uncle Martin Ballangarry
 

This month’s featured artist is:

Francis Diatschenko is a guitarist living in the Northern Territory. Francis D was born of Argentinian and Ukrainian heritage and was raised in the Northern Territory. Francis travels and performs internationally with Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu and is the musical director for the ‘Walking With Spirits’ festival Central Arnhem.  Francis studied South American and classical guitar styles as a child which gave him the technical and theoretical skills to embrace jazz and popular styles throughout his career. As a performer, Francis has performed as a soloist and in ensemble, with recitals in Australia and abroad. These venues include: Mundial Festival (Netherlands), Café de la Danse, Taratata TV (France) Carnegie Hall (USA), Queen Elizabeth Hall, with Jools Holland TV (UK) Sydney Opera House and performed as a soloist and in ensemble with recitals in Australia and abroad. These venues include: Mundial Festival (Netherlands), Café de la Danse, Taratata TV (France) Carnegie Hall (USA), Queen Elizabeth Hall, Later with Jools Holland TV (UK) &  Sydney Opera House

 

 

(Uncle Tom Kelly, who we are privileged to have as a participant in the ‘Looking Back to the Future’ project, is considered to be officially the oldest living Indigenous man in New South Wales .)

 

 

 

The Healthier Communities Strategy is winding up across the Hastings region with over  160 young people participating in the Live Well, Eat Well, Move Well ‘Circus Mooves’ program in partnership with Port Macquarie Hastings Council, Wauchope Neighbourhood Centre, Area Health, D.E.T , Biripai L.A.L.C , Bunyah L.A.L.C  and Bindi Aboriginal Heritage & Cultural Centre.

'Handle With Care' Project

‘The Journey' shares insights from the young people from the sixteen communities who participated in this two year project.

 

Galleries

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Have a look at the images that capture some of  the many project highlights

Click to view Images

Media Comment

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There has been very positive responses to our projects across a broad sector of the community

View samples here

Making Music

Listen to the songs created by the young people about the lives, their families and their communities.

Bourke Girls Track