In 2012, Creative Victoria commissioned Singing Bowl Media to produce video clips about two arts projects supported through Castanet. Castanet is a network of Victorian arts organisations, artists and government agencies that supports community arts and cultural development. Seed funding from Castanet for both projects was provided by the Australia Council.
Castanet actively brokered both of these projects which were developed in collaboration with the State Government's Neighbourhood and Community Renewal programs, administered through the Department of Human Services. These programs are aimed at narrowing social disadvantage.
The Castanet brokerage support for these projects included recommending appropriate artists, initiating and supporting creative visioning sessions and providing expert advice on planning and implementing the community arts projects. Both projects addressed issues that the local community had identified as important for them and used the arts as an effective way to get people excited and involved in those projects. The videos highlight the creative and community engagement outcomes that can eventuate from government, both local and state, working collaboratively to support communities at a local level.
Neighbourhood Renewal Program
At the Flemington Housing Estate, an existing youth theatre group developed a performance of local young people's stories. The workshops and performances not only gave these young people voice and visibility, but also helped Neighbourhood Renewal engage with this hard-to-reach group within the community and understand their needs
Chelsea Community Renewal
In Chelsea the local train station group selected an artist to work with different people and ages within the community, to create an artwork at the Chelsea train station underpass. They were concerned with its neglected appearance and feelings within the community that it was unsafe. The project aimed to make the train station underpass more attractive and feel safer.