2005 Annual Report Level 1 - 301 Brunswick St PO Box 731 Fortitude Valley QLD 4006 Phone 07 2357 2211 Fax 07 3257 2311 email@example.com www.contact.org.au F-SQUAD PHOTO Vendran Knezevic CONTACT Inc was formed as framed in peace-building language. an incorporated association The underpinning artistic direction of Image credit – Leva in 1989 called CONTACT Youth the company is stimulated via cross- Theatre, a company driven by a cultural and cross art-form contexts and philosophy and practice based philosophies, and is ﬁrmly grounded on the social justice principles in CONTACT Inc’s Third Place Policy. of access and equity. The Third Place Policy was initiated by CONTACT Inc in 1990 and has become The company’s primary focus was on pivotal to the work of CONTACT Inc. supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people as participants CONTACT Inc has a strong history of in a youth theatre context. During the delivering high quality productions ﬁrst few years of operation CONTACT and outcomes over the past 16 Inc experienced strong community years. CONTACT Inc will continue demand for inclusion of young people to build on this success to deliver from culturally and linguistically diverse innovative cross-cultural and cross- backgrounds. Addressing issues of artform products with young people, racism and cultural conﬂict was a particularly from Aboriginal, Torres priority for these communities. At the Strait Islander, Polynesian and refugee same time CONTACT Inc also began and migrant communities. In the past experimenting with various art forms to few years CONTACT Inc has shifted meet the cultural and artistic needs of to framing this work in a PEACE- young people and their communities. BUILDING context, which represents a strategic and exciting move for In 1996 the company formally shifted its CONTACT Inc and will ensure the focus to a broader cross art-form focus company retains its position as an on youth arts and cultural development. innovative and relevant community This resulted in the company changing cultural development organisation. its name to CONTACT Inc – Youth Arts and Cultural Development. The ethos of social justice remains a corner stone of CONTACT Inc, which is now Chair ........................................................... Lenine Bourke Treasurer ................................................... Michael Fenech Members .................................................... Stephanie Daveson (until Nov 2005) ...................................................................... James Muller ...................................................................... Ally Wakeﬁeld ...................................................................... Sandra Fields (until October 2005) ...................................................................... Sandra Gattenhof (until July 2005) Artistic Director ....................................... Zoe Scrogings Artistic Director ...................................... Kara Beavis (until March 2005) General Manager ................................... Debra York General Manager/secretary ................. Katie Walters (until March 2005) Program Support Ofﬁcer ...................... Bianca Gilchrist Project Ofﬁcer ......................................... Leah Copedo (until July 2005) Program Coordinator South West ...... Karrina Nolan Administration ........................................ Cassidy Watts (until April 2005) Acting Artistic Director ........................ James Muller (April & July 2005) Acting General Manager ....................... Sunny Drake (April 2005) Conducted Appeared in the following media Researched 78 Workshops in the following projects: • 4ZzZ community radio Birthday • peace building theory and practice • Murri HIP – Inala Dreaming Celebrations as part of The Peace Initiative Model with a Backﬂip • Free Riders & Mild Tace Live to Air Sets Development • Refugee HIP at Yeronga SHS • Bianca, Zoe & Queenie Co-Host segment • The Peace Initiative • James interview about Contact and The Partnered with ‘Symphony of Survival’ Peace initiative Vulcana Women’s Circus, Inala Wangara, • Yeronga SHS Multicultural Day workshop • National TV segment on Toasted TV, Kooemba Djarra, Access Arts, The Annex, • Hip Hop workshops around Channel 10 – Mild Tace Inala Community, Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane featuring the QPASTT, Mt Gravatt PCYC, Brisbane Youth Laydeez Love Hip Hop Crew Published in Service, Albert Park Flexi Service, Transit • Arts and skills development • Lowdown article titled Lounge, Youth Arts Queensland, Visible Ink workshops as part of the ‘Symphony of Survival’ Valley, SpeakOut, Sunnybank Scout Hall, Troupe program • Asia Paciﬁc Journal of Performance Brisbane City Council, Stylin Up Community Studies article written by DR Mary Ann Crew, BEMAC, Yeronga SHS and the Participated in Hunter featuring discussion on Contact Australian Centre for Peace and Conﬂict • Team Impact – Youth Management Inc’s work titled ‘Of Peacebuilding and Studies UQ Team, planning and contributing to Performance: Contact Inc’s ‘third space’ the youth ‘stream’ of Ignition 05 of intercultural collaboration’ Employed Symposium 4 people on a permanent basis 1 person • Australian Centre for Peace and Conﬂict Presented at on CDEP 34 artsworkers on a project basis, Studies, University of Queensland, two of whom • Ignition 05 Community Development day think tank exploring the and Youth Arts Symposium – • 3 were from Torres Strait Islander intersections between art, culture and QCAN / YAQ backgrounds peace-building for PeaceMAP – (Peace • ‘Backing Our creativity’ - National Arts • 3 were from Aboriginal backgrounds through Music Art & Poetry) and Education Symposium Melbourne • 6 were from Polynesian backgrounds • Community Partnerships Scoping Study - Third Place Poster Presentation • 1 has a Sudanese background QLD working group • NACA – National Arts and • 1 was from Non-English Speaking Cultural Alliance Attended background • Transformations Culture and the 10 of these were emerging artsworkers Produced Environment in Human Development, Canberra • The Troupe – F-Squad 3 track CD • Risk Management for Artsworkers Received funding from • Symphony of Survival CD/DVD training course Arts Queensland • Murri Hip DVD • Fuel For Arts - Leading Voices 'Not for Australia Council for the Arts • The Girls Group DVD the Likes of You' workshop Brisbane City Council • Contact Inc Promo Australia Council for the Arts Theatre Board Had an Audience of over 10,000 UNESCO Performed at • Stylin Up Supervised And continued • NAIDOC week to grow peace with young people and their • A CDEP job placement • Bungo the Money God – communities by providing spaces where • 3 volunteers Brisbane Powerhouse cultures can safely and meaningfully meet. • BEMAC Harvest Festival • Ignition 05 Symposium, CCD & Youth Arts by QCAN & YAQ • 4ZzZ Birthday Celebrations Image credit – Vincent Long What a massive year of transitions for Contact Inc! When transitions occur it is a good time for reflection and consolidation and that's what happened in 2005. There were some major staff changes as we said goodbye to Kara Beavis as Artistic Director. I would like to thank Kara for her energy, commitment and long term love of Contact Inc and wish her well in her future career directions. We welcomed Zoe Scrogings to the position, who has a long history of working in community cultural development and with young people. We look forward to seeing her vision merge with Contact Inc's new directions. We also farewelled our previous General Manager Katie Walters, who had been with Contact Inc for 4 years and we would like to thank her for her commitment and ongoing support of the organisation. We look forward to seeing where her career takes her in the future. We welcomed Debra York to the position of General Manager, who had previously been at the Beenleigh Neighbourhood Centre, and has worked across a number of agencies in business and administration roles. During this time James Muller (a Contact Inc arts worker and Co-director of Earth Base Productions) and Sunny Drake (Former AD of Propel Arts in WA) joined the team as interim staff to get us over the transition hurdle. We hugely thank them for jumping in head ﬁrst to support Contact Inc and for their great skills in doing anything when it needed to be done. continued over page. Project worker, Leah Copedo had to leave the team to have her second child and continue her journey with her family. We thank her for her long term work with the Peace Initiative and her commitment to Contact Inc and wish her all the best. More recently Karrina Nolan, joined the team and has a background in community development, activism and music - welcome. We also said goodbye this year to Selina Toleafoa who had been a long-term member of the Peace Initiative in Sunnybank, we wish her well on her future endeavours – stay in touch! Also thank-you to Cassidy Watts who ﬁnsished her CDEP placement with Contact, we wish her all the best with her new plans and hope to see her continue as an artsworker. And during all these changes, Bianca Gilchrist stayed a stable base as our Program Support Ofﬁcer – we couldn't have done it without you! Breathe! Now you see why the heading is in capitals and bold. We also had some management committee changes in 2005. We said goodbye to Stephanie Daveson, after 5 years on the committee, and thank her for her dedication and ability to play a number of roles for the organisation. Jonathon Cheyne joined the committee bringing legal skills and enthusiasm for our work. We also said goodbye to Sandra Gattenhoff and Sandra Fields, but both remain connected as Contact friends and volunteers for various new initiatives – thank you both for your energy and contributions. Finally, Ally Wakeﬁeld joined the committee she has worked in partnership with Contact Inc through her work at QPASTT and on The Peace Initiative for several years. Michael Fenech, an accountant, is our new treasurer, and is keen to more fully understand all of our acronyms! Ok, you get the picture about staff and committee - so now about the work! The fantastic thing that occurred last year was that our multi year funding from Australia Council and Arts Queensland was approved!!! The two tiers of government funded our new business plan, which streamlines our work in peace building and arts and cultural development, into a three-part program. This program grew out of reﬂection on the company's 15 years history in CCD and 5 year history in strong peace building practice. This work will also focus in three distinct communities Sunnybank, Inala and Ipswich and continue to be documented and strengthen as a cultural practice to share with others. As you can see Contact has been through some massive transitions, and it is a testament to all those who have played a part – good work team! The fact is we are standing here today in a strong position because of these changes. I have the feeling as things are stabilising – that some truly amazing work will grow out of this culturally rich and vibrant space. As Chair I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those people who have given time, energy, ideas and inspiration to Contact Inc over the last year, and we look forward to continuing our work into the future. Lenine Bourke Chairperson Image credit –Zoe Scrogings 'Power to the people who wanna make a difference – we've got faith in freedom and we're striving to survive' lyrics from Symphony Of Survival. 2005 was encapsulated in the title of The Peace Initiative DVD/CD 'Symphony of Survival'. As an organisation Contact Inc triumphed in the face of some signiﬁcant challenges. In particular the axing of the Community Cultural Development Board and New Media Board of the Australia Council for the Arts, sent shockwaves throughout the community cultural development (CCD) sector both at a National and International level. The changes proposed by the council indeed ignited the sector to come together as a consolidated force, stepping forward to have 'our voice heard'. The consolidated front formed under the banner of NACA – National Arts and Culture Alliance made great progress in advocating for the value of CCD resulting in a national Scoping Study into the depth, breadth and sustainability of CCD practice in Australia to be conducted in 2006. continued over page. This set the tone for the coming year, especially in the process of developing our 2006 – 2008 Business Plan. Facilitated by Sunny Drake the plan was developed from information, visions and strategies formulated during seven planning sessions and various meetings involving Contact Inc committee members, staff, arts workers, young program participants, industry and community partners and funding bodies. Approximately 100 people were involved including 60 young people. The input of key Contact Inc interest holders has been essential in ensuring the business plan reﬂects the aspirations of those it will impact upon. An outstanding team effort saw our success in receiving Triennial Funding from The Australia Council for the Arts and Arts Qld for 2006 – 2008! A heart-felt thank-you to all of our stakeholders who supported us in this process. A special acknowledgement must go to Sunny Drake who provided so much passion, energy and skill in this process Our work in communities continued in Inala, with a substantial arts and cultural development partnership between the Inala community, Inala Wangara, Stylin Up, Vulcana Women's Circus, Kooemba Djarra and Access Arts called Inala Dreaming with a Backﬂip. The yearlong workshop process with young people included performances at Stylin Up and NAIDOC week leading into a large-scale production at the Brisbane Powerhouse in December. Inspired by an urban dreaming story written by Uncle Herb Wharton the performance - 'Bungo the Money God' was a unique fusion of circus, dance, storytelling, physical theatre, music and design. The Peace Initiative in Sunnybank continued into its third year, focusing on skills development for emerging arts and cultural workers who teamed up with professional artists in the delivery of the workshop program. Over 45 young people from diverse cultural backgrounds collaborated each Wednesday afternoon from 4-6pm at the Sunnybank Scout Hall. The outcome was - 'Symphony of Survival' a DVD/CD that was launched over two spectacular evenings at the Brisbane Powerhouse in July. We also embarked on Phase 1 of The Peace Initiative Model Development that consisted of research, consultation and documentation of the learning's from The Peace Initiative over the past 3 years. The outcome is a paper, which begins to articulate Contact Inc's model of practice within a peace-building framework. The process has been instrumental in developing our newest partnership with The Australian Centre for Peace and Conﬂict Studies – University of QLD. We are excited and pleased to have this connection and look forward to deepening our relationship. This initial research has uncovered a deeper need to strategically expand upon our local successes and vulnerabilities by broadening our practice to be aligned within an International context. This is reﬂected in our exciting new goal area The Art Of Peace-building in a Global Context. Our partnership with QPASTT continued in the delivery of 16 weeks of workshops with 10 young women from Sudanese backgrounds at Yeronga State High School. Culminating in a DVD made by the young women in collaboration with Speakout, exploring personal stories of journey to Australia and life back home. Over several weekends in August the F-SQUAD a newly formed Hip Hop outﬁt consisting of young men from Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Liberia and Sudan collaborated with artsworker Luke O'Sullivan. The outcome was the production of a CD of 3 songs that explore the hopes and struggles the young men have in making a new life in Australia. The F-SQUAD launched this CD at BEMAC (Brisbane Multi-cultural arts Centre) - Harvest Festival and at the Ignition conference presented by QCAN and Youth Arts QLD. continued over page. Contact Inc was proud to support a series of Hip Hop workshops around Brisbane by the Ladies Love Hip Hop Crew from Melbourne featuring Brisbane's own and familiar Contact artsworker Alana Smith. It was also a wonderful year for professional development – Congratulations to Queenie Pelesa for the successful production of her CD as part of Y.A.Q's Youth Arts Mentoring Program. Congratulations to Debra York our newly appointed General Manager who received a Scholarship to study at QUT where she will undertake a Graduate Certiﬁcate in Business (Philanthropy and Non-proﬁt Studies). A huge thank-you to the Contact Inc Management Committee and in particular our super Chair Lenine Bourke who's expertise and dedication to Contact Inc has been instrumental in supporting Contact Inc to remain a dynamic and evolving presence. Another huge thank-you also goes to the staff of Contact Inc, General Manager Debra York and Program Ofﬁcer Bianca Gilchrist have worked with dedication and care in an often-challenging environment. Welcome to Karrina Nolan as Program Coordinator South West and farewell to those who have gone on to new creative challenges; Kara Beavis Artistic Director, Katie Walters – General Manager, Leah Copedo – Project Coordinator, Cassidy Watts - Administration and Selina Tolefoa – Artsworker. Acknowledgement and respect to our team of exceptional artsworkers including; Tony Drew, Lisa Fa'alaﬁ, Fez Fa'anana, Shaun Garland, Christian Grifﬁths, Aaron Niumata, Julie Knox, Tane Matheson, James Muller, Gary Newton, Tom Ofanoa, Luke O'Sullivan, Douggie Patrick, Queenie Pelesa, Leah Tilney, Selina Tolefoa, Moses Tugun, Cassidy Watts, have made Contact Inc maintain it's place as a remarkable youth arts and cultural development company. Of course a big, thank-you to all of the amazing and talented young participants and their families, who have provided enthusiasm, inspiration and ideas in making Contact Inc strong, resiliant and true. As newly appointed Artistic Director I am proud to continue to build upon the innovative and visionary work of Contact Inc in the creation of spaces where cultures can safely and meaningfully meet. Contact Inc is more than ever vital in today's globalised world, it is our moral obligation to respect and value the unlimited wisdom and wealth offered in our cultural diversity and creative expression of this. A sentiment echoed in the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity and Artistic Expression which is implicit in its imperative and conviction that peace can best be guaranteed by inter-cultural dialogue – 'The cultural wealth of the world is it's diversity in dialogue' Viva La Contact! Zoe Scrogings Artistic Director Yeronga SHS Multicultural Day Celebrating the cultural diversity of it’s students, Yeronga SHS holds a Multicultural Day. In its second year, Frances Orford (Multicultural Day Coordinator) recognised Contact Inc as a leader in supporting cross-cultural harmony and invited us to hold a workshop for students to participate in. As Program Support Offer I coordinated Image credit –Bianca Gilchrist a team of emerging artsworkers Queenie Pelesa, Aaron Nuimata and Moses Tugen, to build a workshop that reﬂected the tone of the day. The emerging artsworker crew decided to hold music/hip hop workshop around the broader themes of multiculturalism. The workshop began with the Peace Potion DVD playing as the 35 participants arrived generated a lot of excitement as many students recognised their friends and started feeling the ‘vibe’. To start the session off, emerging artsworkers Moses Tugen and Aaron Nuimata lead the students by asking them to start thinking about different ways of communicating through games. The large group was then split in two, where students developed lyrics around the theme of multiculturalism. The workshop generated a lot of interest in Contact Inc with the majority of participants asking to be put on the mailing list to receive formation about future projects. 4ZzZ 30 year Birthday Celebrations Contact Inc participated in local community radio 4ZzZ’s 30 year birthday celebrations. We were involved by co-hosting a segment and had two crews – Mild Tace and Free Riders – perform live to air on the Slack Bastard Show. I coordinated the segments and picked up Mild Tace members Ejay and Arnold from Inala. On the way to the studio we were listening to 4ZzZ and the boys from Mild Tace got so excited when they heard Trace, the announcer, say that “Mild Tace were coming into the studio”. They were saying “I feel like such a star” and rang their family and friends telling them to tune in. Afterwards everyone was pumped up and kept asking “when can we do this again”. They had so much energy and were really grateful for the opportunity to participate in the 30 year birthday celebrations. We even got ‘fan e-mails’ from people who were listening and wanted to say it was rocking! And that “the young people sounded awesome, the messages conveyed were powerful, the energy was contagious - that’s what community radio should always be about. Good on you guys!” In peace Bianca Gilchrist We all need a place “CONTACT creates a sense of multi-cultural warmth” projects is fulﬁlling enough, but then ﬁnancially it just enables me to live and to tell our stories. Wade Schaare, artsworker (2005) to keep creating work for myself.” Fez, artsworker, The Peace If we don’t have a Before I started out with CONTACT Inc I Initiative (2005) space, we will ﬁnd a was going through a really rough stage Well CONTACT Inc is important in my life. At the time I felt isolated way to do it, through and at times not being able to speak because I love to sing and when I my mind. CONTACT Inc is really good bring my big sister along it has made whatever means are in the way of providing a chance… to mine and her friendship better” available – illegal, speak out about the issues of racism, discrimination, crime and violence that Dana Dornbusch, participant, The Peace Initiative (2005) dangerous…The need takes place in their environment and the surrounding neighbourhood. I thought Basically, I came from a war zone, so arises out of pure being involved in something like this I think its better when we have peace would be silly at ﬁrst. But after that desperation. Sewing ﬁrst day I turned up to CONTACT and instead of war. So therefore I will stop at nothing to progress peace. spat my ﬁrst rhyme, it felt really good. your lips together is a Making music with meaning is what I Participant The Peace Initiative (2005) powerful expression like doing. In the 2005 Peace Initiative I became an artsworker helping to It brings out our hidden talents. It of one’s story. promote and encourage peace. gives us the opportunity to show Tom Ofanoa, artsworker, The what we are capable of doing. Wesley Enoch a founding Peace Initiative (2005) Participant The Peace Initiative (2005) member of CONTACT Inc It has really widened my way of Power to the people who wanna thinking. I guess it just challenges me make a difference…We’ve got faith to think, feel and see things differently. and freedom …And we’re restrivin to The whole experience was rewarding survive… Make the best of what you as we each learnt to respect each other have…Cause you don’t know when and what each of us has to offer... your life will end … We’re all here It’s not everyday you get a chance to together and were strivin’ to survive work with other people and through the Peace Initiative workshop we were Lyrics – Sympohny of survival able to do that knowing we were just one step closer to a peaceful world. ‘we get feedback on what’s going on Tracey, participant, The in the community, what’s needed to be Peace Initiative (2005) done and what methods participants like to use to get their opinions and voice heard. Once the ‘idea process’ I started out as a participant about 10 is over it then gets busy with the years ago… in a small performance workshops to make the ideas happen.” project. Since then I’ve developed as a performer and CONTACT has supported Selina – Artsworkers my practice by employing me as an artsworker and working with new participants in projects… I’ve been an artsworker with CONTACT for about 4 years… To engage young people easier it’s valuable to have that experience behind you and it not be so far away from you… Just being able to do these workshops and be part of these Image credit – Zoe Scrogings This collaborative project was between the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander community in Inala and several of Brisbane’s leading arts and cultural development companies. Vulcana Women’s Circus, Kooemba Jdarra and Contact Inc provided workshops in partnership with Inala community organisations Inala Wangarra, and The Annex (off campus facility of Glenala State High School). The project utilised community cultural development approaches in the development of a New Work that incorporated storytelling and the physical art forms of circus and dance. The project was also supported by Access Arts through their Regional Indigenous Project Ofﬁcers. Part One of the project involved professional artsworkers in circus, performance, dance and costume design working in collaboration with Inala Wangarra and The Annex to provide a series of workshops for participants to produce community based performances for the Stylin’ Up Festival and NAIDOC Week celebrations in Inala, July 2005. The participants were recruited through Inala Wangarra’s extensive connections throughout the community and through the students at the Annex School. continued over page. Part Two of the project continued to develop skills with the participants with a focus on devising and rehearsing a new work using the performance skills of circus, story telling, physical theatre and dance, inspired by the urban dreaming story, ‘Bungo the Money God’ by Uncle Herb Wharton (Elder, writer and story teller). Contact Inc supported Lisa Fa’alaﬁ to mentor emerging artsworker Renee Bani by providing ‘hands on’ training in workshop facilitation in the delivery of dance workshops for the under 12’s at CJ Greenﬁelds. A huge thank-you to Lisa and Renee for putting in a fantastic effort in providing such a quality experience for the little ones. Artsworker Luke O’Sullivan focused on sound production in particular working with with Inala based hip hop crew Mild Tace to create original music for the show. These young men were originally involved in the ﬁrst part of the project through the Annex school and further developed their skills and experience in songwriting and performance. Music production workshops were also conducted with the Inala Elders Choir who opened the performance each night at the Powerhouse. Other community groups also performed including the Wakka Wakka dancers Some wonderful outcomes of the project have been the establishment of a sewing circle consisting of Aunties and mothers of young participants who worked with costume designer Tanja Beers to develop some of the costumes for the show. With the equipment and resources provided through the project there is enthusiasm within the sewing circle for it to continue beyond the project. Bungo the Money God included performances by children through to elders as they weaved together the story of Bungo through deadly original music and the spectacular skills of circus, dance and physical theatre at The Brisbane Powerhouse Theatre 30 – 2 Dec. The performance was received with enthusiasm and positivity over the three nights with many community members inspired and proud of the talent from Inala. ‘The show was deadly! Inala has so much hidden talent! I can’t wait for next year!’ Community member Contact Inc gratefully acknowledges the continued support of the Commonwealth Government through the Australia Council, it’s arts funding advisory body; the QLD Government through Arts Queensland; Gambling Community Beneﬁt Fund, UNESCO and Brisbane City Council. Contact Inc also acknowledges The Brisbane Powerhouse, QPAC, QPASTT, BEMAC, Australian Centre For Peace and Conﬂict Studies UQ, Inala Wangara.
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