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ARTS ORGANISATIONS FLOOD UPDATE Crossroad Arts go to Rocky Crossroad Arts has been appointed by Rockhampton Council to provide a flood relief arts project. The organisation will be in Rockhampton February 10-14 at the Walter Reid Centre. They will have some community artists joining them and the outcome of the project will be an exhibition multi-media event at Walter Reid centre on 14 February (which also happens to be Valentine‟s Day!) One of the art forms they are using is postcards. Crossroads is trying to find a suitable person/teacher or community in Brisbane for the Rockhampton community to send their postcard artworks. If you have any contacts please let them know through Steve Mayer- Miller, Artistic Director and CEO. His contacts are: 0749535122 firstname.lastname@example.org Steven says the main objective in going to Rockhampton is to begin re-building people‟s self confidence, self respect and their connection with other people in the community. Actions include: encouraging people to talk about their experiences during and after the flood; encouraging people to express their feelings through writing, poetry, drawing, voice and other mediums; and creating a collage of words, images and pictures together with a soundscape of voices and music to privately and publicly validate the struggles feelings and events that people have experienced during the flood. Telling our flood stories It‟s important we document how the floods have affected our lives. An example of this type of project was conducted by Mackay Regional Council in 2009. Flood victims attended digital photography workshops conducted by the community services librarian. The resulting images were then displayed in various venues in the community. As the librarian said: “The health effects of social connectedness are well known with studies showing that the more connected people are to their community, the less likely they are to suffer from depression.” There are also many other ways that arts-focused activities can assist using storytelling, visual arts and in the development of plays, music or songs. Here is a collection of websites that discuss art as therapy – the third one is from Healesville http://10thnrhc.ruralhealth.org.au/papers/docs/McManamey_Rosa_Maria_A8.pdf http://www.daxcollection.org.au/docs/Catalogue_CreativeContexts.pdf http://museumvictoria.com.au/collections/themes/3123/healesville-primary-school-bushfire- artworks-collection?start=21 http://www.conferenceworks.net.au/perch/resources/nancy-slater-speaker-notes.pdf Remember too to go to the Premier's website, encouraging Queenslanders to publish their stories to the page. http://www.thepremier.qld.gov.au/initiatives/disaster_recovery/sharing-spirit.aspx Feral Arts has also set up a project enabling people to add stories about their flood experiences in the form of a simple digital postcard. Go to http://ps3beta.com/project/7850 The postcards get located on a google map which can be shared and embedded in external sites as required. http://ps3beta.com/map/#/cmty=globalrivers#project=7850 It is a quick and easy way gather and aggregate user generated content about the impact of the floods in the arts and cultural sector across the state and nationally. From 23rd Productions We thought you would appreciate this update from 23rd Productions: “We know all of you have already helped with the „flood relief‟ but we thought we would take this opportunity to share a few links to ways you can continue to make a difference: Take excellent quality household goods or clothing to the Salvos, Vinnies or the Red Cross (NOT TO EVACUATION CENTRES). This will help them to continue to raise much needed cash and also have nice stuff available to be purchased by people who have lost personal effects. Google and call in advance the charity depots for directions and drop off policies. Arts Queensland have made a BRILLIANT events calendar on Facebook – look here to see state wide activities: FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS Like a good song and dance? Well you should get along to BRISBANE MUSICAL THEATRE UNITED 2011 where you can see all your fav local performers sing and dance their heart out to raise money. Go to BRISTIX for more info and book tickets. And if that isn‟t enough to get you digging deep then download the all new version of our state anthem LOVE YOU QUEENSLAND on iTunes. Again featuring our world class local talent (look out for Megan Shorey – WHAT a voice!) and blast it out around your neighbourhood on Australia Day. A bargain at $1.69 you should do it now. Click LOVE YOU QUEENSLAND Brisbane City Council still needs you to vollie up. Follow them on Facebook or Twitter for instructions on what to do and where to go. BYO cleaning gear. To continue the great arts work we produce here BUY TICKETS TO SHOWS! We realise some venues are yet to re-open but they will and they will need your bum on their seats. So look at the performance calendars, get your mates together and book up! Remember all theatres offer concession tickets, cheap nights and under 30 discounts for you crazy kids. International Cricket One Dayer at the Gabba on Sunday 30th January - England, will again take on a much rejuvenated Australia for an afternoon of Flood Relief raising fun. To join them book tickets through Ticketmaster. We again want to acknowledge you for your selfless love for your neighbour in this difficult time, but wanted to just highlight a few people of awesomeness – ABC Local Radio 612 were tireless and informative and kept us safe whilst not even in their own studios half the time; the people who updated the Qld Police Facebook and Twitter pages were relentless and kept it fast and accurate; Imaginary Theatre gave so much joy to children at the QEII evac centre (and parents a much needed break!); La Boite deployed the Gruffalo to the RNA showgrounds evac centre and really made their day there, and the gorgeous Polytoxic ladies rolled up their sleeves all over town and cleaned the kind of muck off that has no name… AND YOU! YOU LOT WHO HELPED A STRANGER WHO YOU MAY NEVER SEE AGAIN GET THEIR LIFE BACK ON TRACK. WE SALUTE YOU! - 23rd Productions From the Empire Theatre, Toowoomba We were very lucky here at The Empire Theatre with only some minor carpet damage. We will be doing some fundraising activities and are offering places in our school holiday workshops to young people who have been affected by the floods. Update from Mackay Mackay has also been assisting, and a concert organised by the Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre, local media and performers raised over $50,000 to go to the Premier‟s Flood Relief Fund. Update from Townsville The Full Throttle Theatre Flood Appeal is taking place on Saturday the 29th January from 2pm-Midnight at our venue the Old Courthouse Theatre. We have gathered together Townsville‟s independent and emerging artists to show our support for our fellow countrymen and women. Local business and other non-profit organisations have joined with us to make this event happen and the momentum keeps growing. Swell Sculpture Festival Natasha Edwards, director of Swell Sculpture Festival, says their office based at Currumbin on the Gold Coast, went under water in a flash flood. They ended up losing computers, cables and furniture. They have salvaged what they could, cleaned up and are now focusing on the next Swell, 9-18 August at Currumbin, while working in an alternative office space.
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