As a small organisation we take pride in our hands-on approach and create unique arts projects that are tailored to the needs of participants. Current programs include:

 

My Tribe: Pebble Island

My Tribe: Pebble Island is a public art initiative that encourages community participation and collaboration. Artists, Viktor Cebergs and Ines Machado, will lead local residents, senior citizens, school and kindergarten families in a design and construction process. Together they will transform 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 and a COGG Community Arts Grant.

 

First Steps in Music

Becoming artful teachers - First Steps in Music 2017

Becoming artful teachers - First Steps in Music 2017

Bluebird Foundation brought renowned US early childhood music education expert Dr John Feierabend to Geelong to facilitate a four-day accreditation course for early childhood educators. First Steps in Music is a research-based pedagogical approach to music and movement for teachers of children from birth through the primary years.

A network of accredited teachers has now been established to support the ongoing implementation of First Steps programs in the community.

A free parent and educator forum provided an opportunity for the broader community to hear Dr Feierabend speak.

The First Steps in Music accreditation course was informative, inspiring and fun. For me personally, it reinforced the importance of the Artfulness in teaching music to children and has given me the motivation to target the early years to help in our wider community.
— Early childhood teacher

Proudly supported by Deakin University, Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, City of Greater Geelong 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 0-5 year olds to develop school readiness skills and expose young parents to attachment-based activities, positive child-focused time and models of positive behaviour management techniques. 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 & Make provides a learning environment for parent and child that supports child development, family relationships and effective parenting skills. 

I love watching my child learn and have fun. I also enjoy being able to talk with other young mums.
— Young parent
 

TBA@Tate Street

Climbing to new heights - TBA@Tate Street, TinyTaters (Nature) 2015-16

Climbing to new heights - TBA@Tate Street, TinyTaters (Nature) 2015-16

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;

Music is really important for so many things: expression, creativity, mental health, socialising, and just to enjoy. I feel TinyTaters offers all this in a really inclusive and encouraging environment.
— 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
 

Drawn Together

Drawing the alphabet - Drawn Together 2015-16

Drawing the alphabet - Drawn Together 2015-16

Drawn Together brings youth from Geelong’s Karen and Karenni communities 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 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

Liz McGrath is a practising illustrator and art teacher. She is a believer in positive community engagement and access to the arts.

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

PlayLinks

Painting a masterpiece for Mummy - PlayLinks 2016-17

Painting a masterpiece for Mummy - PlayLinks 2016-17

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.

I really enjoy going to PlayLinks every week and my daughter has heaps of fun!
— PlayLinks Parent
 A collaboration with St Thomas Aquinas and St Francis Xavier Primary Schools and proudly supported by Give Where You Live
 

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