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Supporting our local arts scene

Supporting our local arts scene

Thursday, September 17, 2020

A new website to support artists living and working in the City of Whittlesea has put a spotlight on unique art, music, dance and other creative forms created locally.

The Whittlesea Arts website is also a place for residents to participate in creative online programs to stay connected during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Administrator Ms Peita Duncan said Whittlesea Arts was an exciting new platform that celebrates unity and diversity.

“The arts have a unique way of bringing people together,” Ms Duncan said.

“Although we may be physically apart, this new online platform encourages engagement with people in our community by creating opportunities for cultural expression.

“The cultural dance workshops are a fantastic way for people at home to learn more about Aboriginal culture and dance moves that originated from around the world.”

Dark Talk Time by local artist Ben Landau - a grant recipient from Council’s COVID-19 Creative Communities Fund - is currently featured on the website.

This project connects strangers to participate in honest and rejuvenating phone conversations.

Ben said that Council’s support enables artists to test new models of engagement.

“Now more than ever, local artists like me need new pathways to connect with the local community,” he said.

“It’s very reassuring that in this time of isolation, we can deliver programs that bring people together and open up a whole new world through art.”

Whittlesea Arts is a one-stop-shop for residents to get involved in online festivals and events, view Council’s art collections, participate in creative workshops and so much more.