Welcome to 2013 the year should be another exciting one! Council adopted the new Arts & Culture Strategy 2012/13 – 2014/15, A Creative Peninsula in September 2012 and as such we are continuing to build ans strengthen connections to artists, art groups and organisations to ensure the document is accessible. The document can be downloaded from the Shire’s website or if you would like to receive a hard copy contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your mailing address and I will send a copy out. Go to Mornington Peninsula Shire website and scroll down Shire Services on the left and choose Arts & Culture to download the document: www.mornpen.vic.gov.au/index.asp/
Some of the services that Libraries, Arts & Culture provide:
The Arts blog (artsonthepeninsula.wordpress.com) promotes broadly what’s on across the Peninsula and is closely associated to Pearl & Mornington Life Magazines as the three greatest opportunities we have had recently to reach and build audiences for arts and cultural content.
If you would like to promote yourself on the Arts Blog as an individual artist or an arts group, an activity or a workshop, send me your contact email and I will send you the Arts blog ‘Design Guide’.
We are about to launch the Mornington Peninsula Music Network website which is live but still a work in progress, membership is FREE and any feedback is welcome, visit: www.morningtonpeninsulamusic.com.au/
The Mornington Library dedicated Arts Information Wall promotes activities, events, workshops and programs on offer by our creative community groups and artists. Look for the above brochure to find out more.
The Mornington Library Foyer Exhibition Space has been presenting a variety of prints, paintings, drawings, quilts and community arts projects since 2009. Library patrons have enjoyed seeing the changing works on display. Since I invited people to respond to an earlier post about the venue I am now booked until February 2014. The aim is to be accessible but because it is a FREE opportunity, our creative communities have jumped at it.
We are about to begin an Arts & Culture Facilities Audit & Development Plan to identify which venues and facilities are currently being used for arts and cultural activities and how we might improve or develop other for our communities to present arts and cultural activities, events and programs. There will be a number of public forums over the coming months inviting our creative and other communities to contribute.
We finalised the Arts & Culture Stream Community Grants in December and can report that 14 groups were successful with their submissions for funding. The aims of the grants are to support community-based not for profit groups to develop and present arts projects and programs with public outcomes or that support the groups in working towards that goal.
Investment for 2013 goes to Baluk Arts Inc printmaker-in-residence, St Peters Church Sunday music performances, Mornington Theatre Company’s improved storage of a 60 year costume collection. The Mornington & District Historical Society ‘walking tour’ booklet. A new Japanese quilt technique with Mornington Peninsula Patchworkers Inc and through this new learning opportunity the rest of the over 200 strong membership will be shown the technique over the next year. An Indigenous artist mural at the Mornington Community Gardens and a mural for Wallaroo House/ West Park Community House in Hastings. A mosaic ‘friendship’ seat for Boneo Primary and for Mornington Park Primary a ‘Poetry for Social Consciousness’ program with poet Andrea Louise Thomas. The Nepean Conservancy Group will develop a phone app for historical sites around Sorrento & Portsea, and an historical writing competition for young people coordinated by Nepean Historical Society, Big Red Film’s production that will capture the lives of Mornington Peninsula Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists and the Western Port Craft Fest coordinated by the Hastings Uniting Church.
The new round of funding will begin in August 2013, if you are keen to discuss ideas or need support in preparing an application contact me at email@example.com.
Andrea Ebsworth, Cultural Planner Mornington Peninsula Shire.