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Calling for EOIs for RASN Community Projects for Logan and Ipswich

Calling for EOIs for RASN Community Projects for Logan and Ipswich

REGIONAL ARTS SERVICES NETWORK (RASN)

Arts Queensland’s RASN was announced in 2017 with a state government funding commitment of $6.5 million over four years, as a new approach to delivering statewide arts services.

RASN is a network of regional arts service providers who, supported by the Queensland Music Festival (QMF) as the State Coordination Office, work together to deliver on-the-ground arts services in regional communities across the state.

 

RASN COORDINATION IN IPSWICH and LOGAN

Access Community Services Ltd (Access) was awarded the tender to coordinate RASN in the South-east Queensland regions of Ipswich and Logan, with the project managed by the organisation’s award-winning arts arm BEMAC (Brisbane Multicultural Art Centre) operating under the broad themes of:

  • Collective approach – using a collective approach to determining arts and cultural priorities within the region;
  • Engagement – Providing greater opportunities for individuals to become more involved in planning, organising and co-designing arts and culture events and activities across the / their region;
  • Capacity Building – Building the capacity of local arts and cultural providers to better respond to the needs of their local regions

 

LOGAN LOCAL CONSULTATION OUTCOMES

Recent local consultation and surveys identified that the Logan community seeks the following focus and vision within local RASN projects:

  • Community networking and information sharing
  • Developing stronger relationships through cross-sector engagement
  • Marketing and social media collaboration
  • Access and collaboration with venues, artists and relevant stakeholders
  • Youth engagement
  • Harnessing the diversity, authenticity and work ethic of the community of Logan
  • Recognising the value of the arts and supporting arts in the greater community
  • Open opportunity for each individual

 

IPSWICH LOCAL CONSULTATION OUTCOMES

Recent local consultation and surveys, have identified that the Ipswich community seeks the following focus and vision within local RASN projects:

  • Community networking and information sharing
  • Developing stronger relationships through cross-sector engagement
  • Access and collaboration with venues, artists and relevant stakeholders
  • Youth engagement
  • Activating heritage, history and culture (including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander)
  • Recognising the value of the arts and supporting arts in the greater community
  • Open opportunity for each individual

BEMAC will continue to consult, review and engage the community in developing appropriate actions over the coming years.

 

LOCAL PROJECT SUPPORT AND DEVELOPMENT

BEMAC is seeking expressions of interest (EOIs) from local individuals, groups, businesses and not-for-profits to develop local projects that:

  • Build capacity for artists, creatives and arts workers
  • Develop individual skills and opportunities
  • Respond to local needs
  • Build local leadership and partnerships in arts and culture
  • Support economic development
  • Engage and enliven local venues
  • Value heritage, history and culture (including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures)

Successful EOIs may be supported financially up to $2,500 and / or through the provision of  mentorship, marketing, project development, partnership development and more.

EOIs will be assessed by BEMAC.

EOIs can be completed online here: https://bemac.typeform.com/to/pkflgU

 

ABOUT ACCESS

Access is one of Australia’s leaders in multicultural issues, with over 30 years’ experience in the provision of settlement, employment, training, youth support services, housing and social enterprise opportunities for migrants, refugees and Australian-born clients. Services are delivered right across Queensland with a particular focus on the South East, including Logan City, Ipswich City and the Gold Coast.

Access is a community-based, not-for-profit organisation committed to community development and capacity building.

In 2015, BEMAC formed an alliance with Access that combines the creative capital of BEMAC and the strategic organisational capacity of Access.

 

ABOUT BEMAC

Brisbane Multicultural Arts Centre Ltd (BEMAC) is Queensland’s sole arts organisation dedicated to the presenting, producing and development of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) artists and arts within the state.

Fuelling the diverse practice of artists from many different backgrounds, BEMAC is supporting a new generation of innovative CALD artists, in order to showcase the artistic value, cultural and social worth, and commercial potential of diverse arts, artists, arts workers and communities.

With a strong belief in the potential of arts, as the universal translator, to bring disparate communities together, foster intercultural collaboration and social cohesion, BEMAC’s programming emphasises inclusive collaborations across diverse cultures, art sectors, partners, locations and processes.

For over 30 years BEMAC has engaged communities in metropolitan, regional and remote Queensland to develop and deliver rich, innovative and unique cultural experiences for audiences, supporting and showcasing artists from diverse backgrounds including people who are migrants, refugees and  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. BEMAC operates under the principals of the Queensland Multicultural Charter, which states that the people of Queensland should be able to express and celebrate, in a lawful way, their cultural, linguistic and religious diversity.

The organisation began in West End and moved to the heritage listed Yungaba, under the Story Bridge in the late 1980s. In October 2012 the Queensland Multicultural Centre (QMC) was established and BEMAC took on the management of the building on behalf of the Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works.

LOGAN REGION DEMOGRAPHICS

The City of Logan has over 215 cultures represented, with 27.3% of the Logan population identifying as being born overseas. More than 60% of the city’s population, who were born overseas arrived in the last 20 years. Almost a third of the city is from a culturally diverse background with 15.9% of the population speaking a language other than English at home, while 3% of the population identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander. Top 5 countries for Logan’s overseas-born population are New Zealand, United Kingdom, Philippines, India and Samoa respectively (2016 Census).

RASN Logan projects leverage the vision outlined in the Logan City Council’s Arts, Culture and Heritage Strategy: 2018–2022 and the activation of Logan’s venues and resources including the Kingston Butter Factory.

 

IPSWICH REGION DEMOGRAPHICS

Ipswich is an increasingly ethnically diverse city. The 2016 census shows that at least one in five (21.6%) residents was born overseas and there are 152 languages spoken. 2016 also saw Ipswich become a Refugee Welcome Zone, committed to celebrating the social and cultural benefits that arise from hearing the stories and lived experiences of our emerging refugee community.

Ipswich also has a larger proportion of people identifying as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) than the Queensland average in 2016. Despite the large growth in the city’s population over the last five years (16.1%), the proportion of residents identifying as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander has increased from 4.2% in 2011 to 4.6% in 2016. We recognise the unique contribution of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to our cultural landscape and our cultural identity.

RASN Ipswich projects leverage the vision outlined in the Ipswich City Council Arts & Culture Strategy 2018–2023 and the activation of the city’s venues and resources, including the proposed Ipswich Performing Arts Centre.

 

RADF FUNDING – IPSWICH & LOGAN CITY COUNCIL

Another funding platform for Ipswich and Logan community arts projects is available through the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF).

RADF is delivered as a partnership between the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and eligible local councils across the state. RADF promotes the role and value of arts, culture and heritage as key drivers of diverse and inclusive communities and strong regions. The fund invests in local arts and cultural priorities as determined by local communities across Queensland and its flexibility enables local councils to tailor RADF programs to the specific needs of their communities.

For more details, visit the Ipswich City Council website at https://www.ipswich.qld.gov.au/community/grants_sponsorships/radf (IPSWICH) or https://www.logan.qld.gov.au/community-support/grants/regional-arts-development-fund (LOGAN).