Community Development

The arts can be used as a positive force in empowering young people to play an important role in the development of community.  I have found that using movement, storytelling and theatre development as an ‘in’ with kids can open up a world of creative opportunity.  I have had extensive experience as not only a resident artist but also in designing, coordinating and managing community engagement projects.

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Community Arts Program
AWESOME Arts in partnership with LWP Property Group
The Glades (Byford area, WA), Ellenbrook (Swan Valley Region, WA), Trinity (Alkimos area, WA)
Project Manager (2010 – Feb 2012)

Through an innovative new approach to residential development, AWESOME Arts has set off on a new partnership with the LWP Property Group to develop a cultural arts program for their their WA developments: The Glades, Ellenbrook and Trinity.  This is an exciting opportunity to integrate the arts in the grass-roots of building not only homes but a thriving community of residents.

OPEN BOOK Creative Challenge Project
Residencies include Mullewa, WA & Exmouth, WA (2009)
Lead Artist: Created project concept

After working on the Creative Challenge project for two years as an artist, in 2009 the concept I created for the OPEN BOOK project landed me the amazing opportunity to be Lead Artist on the project.  OPEN BOOK is based on the idea of using multi-discipline arts to give kids in regional communities an opportunity to tell their own stories in their own way.  The project was a collaboration of 19 artists from varied fields including dance, theatre, animation, sound and visual arts.  We completed 10 2-week residencies in regional and remote areas of Western Australia in teams of 2 artists.  The outcomes were beyond my expectations and were showcased at the 2009 AWESOME International Arts Festival for Bright Young Things in the Perth CBD.

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Further experience includes:

15 Minutes of Fame Creative Challenge Residency
Punmu, WA (2011)

HOME GROUND Creative Challenge Residency
Roebourne, WA (2010) & Wicham, WA (2010)

West Australian Opera Residency
Albany, WA (2009) & Geraldton, WA (2008)

Vale Community Development Program
AWESOME Arts in partnership with Multiplex Living
Aveley, WA (2007-2009)
Project Manager

FEAST Creative Challenge Residency
Lake Grace, WA (2008)

Make Your Move Creative Challenge Residency
Kalgoorlie, WA (2007)

Kids on the Block Puppetry Company
Disability Awareness for Children
Regional Touring, AL, USA (2001-2003)
Bunraku Puppeteer/Facilitator

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I am always interested in devising new and exciting community development projects.  Please contact me if you have a new project you would like to discuss.