Welcome to the Small Town Transformations Blog. Here you will find the latest news about how each Small Town Transformation is taking shape.
Residents and visitors came together at the Birregurra Mechanics Institute Hall for a weekend of celebration, documentation and reflection to mark the beginning of enLIGHTen Me: I Have a Hall in my Heart.
On Saturday 12 November, the team at Regional Arts Victoria headed up to Girgarre to celebrate the first project launch. We found a community buzzing with excitement, and a park buzzing with weird and wacky sounds emanating from a strange new arrival.
On Saturday 3 December, Birregurra will host SHOW + TELL, an event to celebrate the launch of their Small Town Transformations project. SHOW + TELL kicks off the creative development phase of the Small Town Transformations project which celebrates Birregurra Hall and the role it plays in the community.
Six towns are about to embark on an ambitious adventure that puts artistic practice at the centre of their community life.
Small Town Transformations supports creative projects that will leave a lasting legacy. Projects that draw on contemporary Indigenous culture and proud Indigenous history. Projects that connect people, place and practice in meaningful ways. Projects that inspire new energies, new thinking and new collaborations.
Creativity has the power to transform people and places at every level.
It can change the way we look at the everyday environment, the way we relate to each other and how we see ourselves.
As you enter the final stages of preparing your application to Small Town Transformations you are no doubt addressing the budget for your big ideas. The template can be found on Page 10 of the Expression of Interest form, or a more flexible version can be downloaded here. This may be a process which brings up more questions for your group. Here is a little more guidance on how to approach building the budget for your project.
Your ideas are flowing, the town is abuzz, but it's time to hunker down and translate all the wonderful conversations in your town into a compelling Expression of Interest. Feeling in need of inspiration? We've got some words of reassurance and clarity from Regional Arts Victoria Director Esther Anatolitis to guide your thinking as we enter the final weeks.