We are currently circulating our 2013 Training Survey and seeking all past and current students, associated organisations and networks to complete our five minute online survey It is through this input that we can keep our training current and relevant. We will also use this information to advocate for government subsidies to support the accredited training fees to make the training more affordable and accessible. To show our appreciation, when the survey is completed, respondents names will go into a draw to win a $50 voucher. The draw deadline is 20th September 2013 at 5pm.
Congratulations to students, Hari Kotrotsios and Sally Charlton, who are our first two graduates of the Cert IV in community culture. More students will complete the course over the next three months. A ceremony is planned for December for our graduates. We will keep you posted.
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African Children’s Choir
The African Children’s Choir performed in Coolum last month and audiences were treated to vibrant and colourful performances as they spread their message of hope and joy during their first visit to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. The Queensland visit was supported by the Cool Harmonies Choir and choir member, Hari Kotrotsios, used this activity as her project to complete her community culture coursework.
The 18 children, aged between nine and 12, were hosted by members of Cool Harmonies community choir as part of a five-week tour of eastern Australia.
This tour offered a unique cultural exchange opportunity where participants sang, drummed and danced with the African Children’s Choir on a personal level, while helping to raise awareness of Africa’s destitute children and raise funds for educational programs.
While here, the African children interacted with Coolum State School at a music workshop and mini concert for 1000 students and their parents at morning assembly, finishing with a combined song with students and Cool Harmonies members.
About 350 people attended the public concert which featured local support acts by Human Rhythms, Linsey Pollak and Cool Harmonies. A special Sunday morning concert at Noosa Christian Outreach Church attracted more than 500 people.
In between performances, the African visitors also helped plant 100 baby trees with Coolum District Coast Care and enjoyed some fun time swimming at our local beaches.
Three years after Kwaya Australia first began taking choral groups to Uganda on a cultural exchange program, participants and their choirs opened their homes to the African children and their chaperones.
Everyone who saw these children perform could see what an incredible potential future they have; despite being kids from the slums in Uganda, they have a world of opportunity ahead of them.
The Capricornia Arts Mob at the Articulate Conference
Current student, Brownyn Fredericks and her group, The Capricornia Arts Mob were conference presenters at the Articulate: Regional Arts and Culture Conference this year in Rockhampton.
The Capricornia Arts Mob (also known as CAM) is a collective of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visual artists, sculptors, photographers, carvers and writers based in the Rockhampton Region. Its members are eclectic and include an 18 year old through to Elders. CAM has already had a major exhibition in Rockhampton and is submitting work to a range of arts festivals, events and exhibitions. CAM recently won a submission for a public art work that will be installed in Toonooba Park, Rockhampton later this year. CAM’s achievements are steadily growing since they formed 18 months ago. They will formally incorporate in the next 12 months. As a new group they have been learning how to work together along with enjoying the exhilaration of working collaboratively as artists from diverse Indigenous cultures who utilise different mediums. This has resulted in an incredible vibrancy in their creative praxis.
You can view The Capricornia Arts Mob’s and other speakers presentations on Arts Queensland website here.
Student’s supporting political candidates in the recent elections
A few weeks ago, a few of our Certificate IV in Community Culture students took time our from their busy sheducle to volunteer at their local polling booth. Robbie Murray was a Booth Captain in Nambour, Claire Fletcher worked in the polling booth in Kooralbyn Valley as the Issuing Officer, and Wendy Francis in Bundaberg as a polling officer.