Community Programs effect cultural change through the power of the arts, resulting in improved social, emotional and health outcomes. 

As a community arts organisation we embrace the notion that our projects are collaborative and needs-based, and we ensure that they are supported by exceptional professional artists who guide, teach and inspire. We take pride in our hands-on approach and create unique arts projects that are tailored to the needs of participants.

Our projects include ongoing weekly programs, short-term projects that range in length from 3 months to 2 years as well as occasional one-off performances and opportunities. Community Programs are delivered at no cost to participants.

 

My Tribe: Pebble Island

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My Tribe: Pebble Island is a public art initiative that encourages community participation and collaboration. In 2017, artists Viktor Cebergs and Ines Machado led local residents, school and kindergarten families in a design and construction process. Together they transformed the island reserve in Tate Street, Thomson, with pebble mosaics and sculpture, building community connectedness and establishing an art park that can respond to an evolving neighbourhood.

Proudly supported by the Department of Justice and Regulation, a COGG Community Arts Grant and Geelong Connected Communities

 

Meet, Move & Make

 Making music together - Meet, Move & Make 2017

Making music together - Meet, Move & Make 2017

Meet, Move & Make is a weekly arts-based group session designed to support young parents to engage in joyful activities with their 0-5 year olds. The skills and ideas the parents learn during group time enrich their ongoing relationships with their children, turning one morning into a week full of learning opportunities. Based at the Norlane Child and Family Centre and supported by the SPACE (Supporting Parents Access to Childcare and Education) co-ordinator at Northern Bay College, Meet, Move & Makeprovides a learning environment for parent and child that supports child development, family relationships and effective parenting skills. 

My favourite thing about Meet, Move & Make is doing the arts and crafts with my child and making friends with other young parents.
— Young parent

A collaboration with Northern Bay College and proudly supported by Give Where You Live

 

TBA@Tate Street

 Becoming tuneful, beautiful and artful - TBA@Tate Street, TinyTaters (Music) 2015-18

Becoming tuneful, beautiful and artful - TBA@Tate Street, TinyTaters (Music) 2015-18

TBA@Tate Street is a wholistic program that aims to develop strong and creative family connections at Tate Street Primary School, while simultaneously supporting mental and physical health and well-being among children, families and the wider community. It uses a multi-pronged approach, firmly grounded in a background of multi-disciplinary research and links health to the arts in unique ways;

I spend each session gazing at the face of my three year old shining with joy and asking ‘again’. I cannot express my thanks enough for the joy and musical education you are giving to my children.
— TinyTaters Parent

TinyTaters
Supported play environments where 0-5 year olds and their parents/carers can learn and develop important skills through creative activities, specifically music, movement, traditional games and nature play.

Takertaters
In-school singing sessions for prep students, their families and their teachers. Takertaters is a unique extension activity for prep students and their families that creates a partnership between home and school by inviting families to share in singing sessions in the classroom. Parents are an integral part of this initiative, and they benefit from having access to a range of skills, repertoire and resources, which they can then “take away” into the home environment. 

Singtaters
A comprehensive program of daily singing in the classroom designed to support and extend the instrumental music program, promote improved literacy, numeracy and social outcomes throughout the year levels, and enhance the capabilities of classroom teachers in using music as a tool for learning. 

 A collaboration with Tate Street Primary School, TBA@Tate St is proudly supported by the Raymond Charities
 

Propeller

Propeller provides support pathways for young people in Geelong to access Workshops at Bluebird House. A network of partnerships among social welfare agencies and schools ensures appropriate identification, recruitment and support of young people. The pilot program began in Term Four 2017 and provided a firm foundation for expansion in 2018. 

The 2018 program has been proudly supported by a donation from the NAB Charity Lunch

 

Drawn Together

 Sharing lives through art - 'Here and There' exhibition 2017

Sharing lives through art - 'Here and There' exhibition 2017

Drawn Together brings youth from diverse cultural backgrounds together with artist, Liz McGrath. Through weekly art classes and workshops held at The fOrT youth centre in Corio, the young artists explore a wide range of artistic styles, techniques and art materials. Liz, an experienced art teacher, provides support, materials and expert art tuition to the group, who live in the northern suburbs of Geelong.  

In 2017, a group of Karen and Karenni youth celebrated Refugee Week 2017 by mounting ‘Here and There’, an exhibition reflecting on young lives begun elsewhere.  

My portrait is about two worlds. On the left is the world of the refugee camp, where tracks are made in the dirt because of constant walking. On the right it shows a footpath in Australia, already made as a place for walking.
— Drawn Together artist

In 2015, the group selected artwork produced in the art sessions to illustrate an alphabet picture book for children. Copies of the book were printed and distributed to local schools, libraries and community centres as a valuable ongoing literacy resource for children learning English.

A book like this would make us feel welcome.
— Karenni artist

 

 A collaboration with The fOrTDrawn Together has been proudly supported by Geelong Connected Communities
 

tba North

TBA North is a wholistic early childhood program at St Thomas Aquinas and St Francis Xavier Primary Schools that employs strategic, innovative arts interventions in an effort to redress poor educational outcomes. The program strives for effective, sustainable results for families, taking a two-generational approach and utilising an immersive mentoring model that targets teachers, caregivers and children simultaneously. 

 Painting a masterpiece for Mummy - PlayLinks 2016-17

Painting a masterpiece for Mummy - PlayLinks 2016-17

PlayLinks
PlayLinks is a weekly, facilitated art and music group session for parents/carers and their 0-5 year olds. Based at St Thomas Aquinas and St Francis Xavier Primary Schools, the program provides a learning environment for parent and child that supports child development, family relationships and links play experiences to the school environment. The program is open to families living in the 3214 postcode.

SingingLinks
A comprehensive program of daily singing in the Prep-2 classrooms designed to support students to become tuneful, beatful and artful whilst promoting literacy, numeracy and social outcomes, and enhancing the capabilities of classroom teachers to use music as a tool for learning.

MusicLinks
An extended transition-to-school program for parents/carers and their pre-prep children during the six months prior to school entry. Weekly music education parent-child sessions provide a gentle and positive introduction to the school environment, build relationships between parents and school staff and establish a culture of mutual respect and parent engagement.

ClassLinks
The completion of the extended transition-to-school program that invites parents/carers into the classroom to learn together with their prep children. 

I enjoy spending that time with my child. PlayLinks is the highlight of our week!
— PlayLinks Parent

 A collaboration with St Thomas Aquinas and St Francis Xavier Primary Schools and proudly supported by Give Where You Live and the Geelong Community Foundation

 

little bluebirds

little bluebirds is an online collection of creative ideas for parents to share with their 0-5 year olds at home. Each week a new post is added by one of the Bluebird early childhood educators and includes ideas and resources to support parents to bring music, art, nature and healthy food into their homes.

Proudly supported by Give Where You Live and the Raymond Charities