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.

 

Meet, Move & Make

Connecting through art - Meet, Move & Make 2018

Connecting through art - Meet, Move & Make 2018

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. 

I try to read up about positive parenting and how I can help my kids have the best start in life but it is so much better to see it in action. I get lots of ideas of simple activities to do at home and it has helped me use more helpful words with my kids.
— Young parent

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

 

THe folk house

Dancing together - The Folk House 2019

Dancing together - The Folk House 2019

The Folk House pays tribute to the great tradition of community folk dance. Over the course of a year, each season will play host to a unique folk dance event in each corner of the compass around Geelong. Live music by local musicians will accompany each family-friendly, all-abilities dance event, in a joyful celebration of community and cultural diversity. Promoting social interaction, sharing of food and conversation as well as participation in folk dances from a variety of traditions, The Folk House is an event that gets people moving, laughing, singing, and communicating through the joy of dance.

Proudly supported by the City of Greater Geelong

 

TBA@Newcomb park

TBA@Newcomb Park is a wholistic program that aims to develop strong and creative family connections at Newcomb Park 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 experience.

Painting the world - First Steps in Nature 2019

Painting the world - First Steps in Nature 2019

First Steps
Supported play environments where 0-5 year olds and their parents/carers learn together and develop important skills through creative activities. First Steps in Music is an early childhood music education program based on the research and work of Dr John Feierabend. First Steps in Nature encourages child-led nature play that embraces the enormous world to be discovered within the school grounds.

First Steps (extended transition)
An extended transition-to-school program for parents/carers and their pre-prep children during the six months prior to school entry. Weekly music and nature 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.

SingingLinks
A comprehensive program of daily singing in the Prep-3 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.

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

 A collaboration with Newcomb Park Primary School and proudly supported by the Raymond Charities

 

Propeller

Providing artistic pathways - Propeller 2018

Providing artistic pathways - Propeller 2018

Propeller provides support pathways for disadvantaged young people to access creative arts workshops that align with their personal artistic interests and passions. A robust network of partnerships among social welfare agencies, schools and other community organisations ensures appropriate identification, recruitment and support of participants. In 2018, thirty six places in the Workshops at Bluebird House program were provided at no cost to participants. This ensured access to a quality art program within a community setting, a model that embraces true social inclusion.

Proudly supported by Give Where You Live and the National Australia Bank

 

Drawn Together | Geelong

Drawing community together - Drawn Together | Geelong 2019

Drawing community together - Drawn Together | Geelong 2019

Drawn Together | Geelong brought youth from diverse cultural backgrounds together with local artists, Liz McGrath and Laura Alice. Through weekly art classes and workshops held at The fOrT youth centre and North Geelong Secondary College, the young artists explored a wide range of artistic styles, techniques and art materials. 

Harnessing the power of augmented reality art, the young people created a collaborative public exhibition to celebrate Harmony Week in 2019. Displayed in the Renew Geelong Concept Space, the exhibition invited the audience to embrace the richness that diversity brings to our local community.

Sharing lives through art - Drawn Together | Geelong 2018

Sharing lives through art - Drawn Together | Geelong 2018

 
Everyone did a different drawing, everyone had a different story.
— Drawn Together artist

 A collaboration with The fOrT and North Geelong Secondary College, Drawn Together | Geelong has been proudly supported by the Victorian Multicultural Commission

 

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. 

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.

My daughter and I love coming to PlayLinks. It makes us feel connected to our community and (the facilitator) is so talented she does an amazing job.
— PlayLinks parent
Creating with Mummy - PlayLinks 2018

Creating with Mummy - PlayLinks 2018

SingingLinks
A comprehensive program of daily singing in the Prep-4 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.

Getting ready for school - MusicLinks 2018

Getting ready for school - MusicLinks 2018

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. 

 

 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.