Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne FESTIVAL FOR HEALTHY LIVING - Creative Arts for Mental Health and Connecting Communities EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FORM Please note that this EOI is a brief preliminary introduction to you and your work, in order for us to establish if you meet the most basic essential criteria. An overview of the proposed Yaram Festival For Healthy Living is included, with details of the who, what, why, when and how. Please keep your responses BRIEF and ensure that the information is relevant to the Artist Co-ordinator and /or Artist position descriptions. If invited to submit a full application, you will be asked to provide a much more comprehensive written application responding to the Selection Criteria, as outlined in the position descriptions. THIS IS NOT THE APPLICATION FORM FOR THE POSITIONS. YOU ONLY NEED TO RESPOND TO THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS. _________________________________________________________ Name: Address: Phone Email A. I am interested in: □ Artists Coordinator position for the Yarram FHL Project □ Artist-in-Residence position for the Yarram FHL Project □ Both positions B. For those interested in either Coordinator and/or Artist-in-Residence position 1. Tell us briefly about why you are interested in this position 2. What previous experience/training/skills do you have in working with the arts for promotion of wellbeing or mental health? 3. What previous experience/training/skills do you have in working within schools? 4. Anything else that you feel is particularly relevant? C. For those interested in the Coordinator position only 1. What previous experiences do you have in selection, coordination and/or direction of a team of artists working in a community development or community arts project? 2. What is your level of experience in developing partnerships between organisations from a variety of sectors eg health, education, arts, community development? SUBJECT Attention B.HODGE/ YARRAM FHL ARTS EOI EMAIL TO firstname.lastname@example.org DEADLINE 20 October 2009 POSITION DESCRIPTION - ARTIST CO-ORDINATOR draft @ 15 September 2009 FHL ARTIST COORDINATOR: Coordinates and supports the work of all artists; responsible for the overview of all artistic work in participating schools and youth centre, including artistic direction of combined performance/s and exhibition/s. The Artistic Coordinator: Sits on the panel for appointment of artists and production manager allocates artists to schools in collaboration with identified school preferences Coordinates PD for artists & liases with the FHL statewide team Coordinates presentations by artists at school staff PD sessions Coordinates the Artist Team to run combined creative workshop sessions involving students from all schools/youth within the cluster Liaises with artists and school staff regarding progress of work with students/youth, including advice to schools on student/youth participation in the festival; and acts as initial mediator of grievances or disputes (if required) between school staff and artists Explores avenues for participation of all staff by adopting a whole school/agency approach Organises and chairs Artist team meetings; attends School Team/agency meetings at individual schools/agency; and attends all Steering Committee meetings To participate in the evaluation of the project as required. SELECTION CRITERIA Essential Extensive community-based arts experience An understanding of the use of arts in promoting student health and wellbeing Experience in facilitating performance/ visual arts within school/youth settings An understanding of mental health issues in relation to children and adolescents Desirable Experience in working in partnership with other organisations. POSITION DESCRIPTION - ARTISTS draft @ 15 September 2009 POSITION SUMMARY The Artist will work collaboratively with students in primary/secondary schools and youth at The Station, along side teachers and mental health workers,on the Yarram Festival for Healthy Living Program. Each successful applicant will be required to work within one or more schools, and at The Station, within a whole-school approach to wellbeing and mental health. RESPONSIBILITIES (a) To assist schools/agency in utilising the arts curriculum for mental health promotion. (b) To provide students/young people with an opportunity to learn new artistic skills and develop their own creativity. (c) To work in partnership with teachers/youth workers to facilitate a student devised public performance and exhibition outcome/s. This partnership includes regular planning sessions outside of classroom contact time. (d) To attend professional development workshops and seminars provided as part of the project; to assist the Artist Coordinator, RCH staff and local health professionals in the running of PD sessions for school staff around the use of the performing arts in promoting improved health and wellbeing. (e) To participate in regular Artists Team meetings with the Artist Coordinator. (f) To participate in regular team meetings at school(s) and youth centre, with the Artist Coordinator, school and youth staff and a designated health professional (g) To document the process through the writing of artistic progress reports (h) To participate in the evaluation of the project as required. Other Responsibilities Be aware of and work in accordance with Festival For Healthy Living Program guidelines, as explained in Festival for Healthy Living: Creative arts for mental health and connecting communities (refer to Parts 1, 2 & 3 of the FHL guide) and the FHL Artists Training Program. SELECTION CRITERIA Essential (a) Extensive community-based arts experience (b) An understanding of the use of arts in promoting student health and wellbeing (c) Experience in facilitating drama and / or visual arts within school/youth settings (d) An understanding of mental health issues in relation to children and adolescents Desirable Experience in working in partnership with other organisations. OVERVIEW draft @ 15 September 2009 THE YARRAM FESTIVAL FOR HEALTHY LIVING INTRODUCTION Yarram is a small rural area of predominantly primary production (eg. dairy, beef) with timber, fishing, transport and oil refinery industries. It is a 2½ hour drive east of Melbourne in Gippsland, and the town has a population of 2,600, and the district 5,474. THE YARRAM - FESTIVAL FOR HEALTHY LIVING The Yarram & District Health Service is the formal auspice agency for the Yarram Festival for Healthy Living, and is guided by the Yarram FHL Steering Committee, which draws on an extensive network of representatives from the regional education, health, arts and community sectors. The Yarram & District Health Service will manage the program in partnership with the Festival of Healthy Living /Royal Children’s Hospital. FESTIVAL FOR HEALTHY LIVING The Festival for Healthy Living program, under The Royal Children’s Hospital Integrated Mental Health Program, is an innovative partnership program which provides a structured, creative process using the arts to explore mental health issues and build capacity for resilience, connectedness and valued participation at school and community levels. Within the FHL program, artists work with students, youth, teachers, parents and community members to explore everyday issues which affect our mental health, in a spirit of problem- solving, creativity, optimism and fun. Specifically the Festival aligns health promoting goals with the education initiatives of equipping young people to: manage themselves and their relations with others understand the world and act effectively in that world Projects generally focus on the early to middle years of adolescence, as this transition is recognised as a vulnerable time for young people. THE YARRAM FHL PROGRAM It is planned that the Yarram FHL program will work across two community settings in both 2010 and 2011. THE SCHOOLS COMMUNITY The primary focus of this aspect of the program is with the students, and their families, attending the six schools across the district. This will directly involve around 110 students from years 6 & 7 in transition between primary and secondary levels. It is also planned to work with both older students in year 9, and establish links with young people through The Station. The cluster of Yarram and district schools engaged in the program are: Yarram Secondary College Alberton Primary School Devon North Primary School St Mary’s Primary School Woodside Primary School Yarram Primary School Each year the Yarram schools jointly conduct the EXPO event designed as a transition program for grade 6 students moving into the Yarram Secondary School in the following year. It is now proposed that the Yarram - FHL will work with the schools to develop this EXPO model as the 2010 and 20011 FHL events. THE STATION The Station is a community based program operating in Yarram and working with youth who are not attending school and experiencing a range of particular circumstances and issues, for example: living below the poverty line limited family support networks literacy and numeracy development concentration and truancy addiction and incest teenage pregnancy The Station conducts activities and workshops designed to meet their interests and structured around VCAL, however The Station currently functions with very limited staffing and material resources. Therefore it is proposed that the Yarram FHL will conduct a program specifically devised to complement and meet these young people’s interests and needs. The FHL program is also structured to directly involve and further benefit: teachers/schools/youth workers and agencies mental health professionals/agencies local and regional artists parents/families THE STRUCTURE THE YARRAM – FHL Current planning suggests the following structures: THE SCHOOLS – EXPO EVENT An 11 week structure from March to June: weekly multi- disciplinary creative workshops rehearsals / production phase EXPO performance and exhibition It is planned that the EXPO performance and exhibition will be presented at the Yarram Regent Theatre. THE STATION An 11 week structure from September to November: weekly multi- disciplinary creative workshops rehearsals / production phase community performances and exhibition THE TEAM It is proposed that the creative team, made up of an Artist Co-ordinator and up to 6 local and regional artists, will conduct collaborative workshops with students and young people, and alongside teachers/educators and mental health workers. The scope of these workshops could include: circus music performance visual arts film-making/technology/animation illustration/zines /publishing props production/lighting/sound This team structure ensures that students and young people can access comprehensive sets of artistic skills and cultural community development expertise.