Social Change Through Creativity Grants announced

Published Wednesday, 22nd June 2016

Eight local not-for-profit organisations and community groups have been awarded annual Fairfield City Council Social Change Through Creativity grants this week.

Council initiated these grants in 2003 to encourage local not for profit groups to develop a program that delivers a creative solution to an important community issue.

The successful applicants will receive grants totalling $40,000 from Fairfield City Council, to fund projects that will directly benefit the people and communities in Fairfield City. Each organization will receive $5000 to deliver their project, an increase of $1,000 from the previous year’s funding. The eight funded projects reflect an exciting diversity of approach to social issues, including hosting workshops, writing books, musical production, short films, art and a fashion festival.

Mayor Carbone said the Council received a large number of worthy applications for funding this year. “The range of successful applications reflects the diversity of Fairfield’s population and their keenness to work with the community,” he said.

“We can clearly see the opportunities and advantages the program provides for both Fairfield residents and local organisations,” said Mayor Carbone. “All the successful applicants will play a vital role in contributing to the creative strength of our community.”

This year the Council introduced two new priorities to be addressed by the projects:

Facilitate the Participation of Young People in Arts and Social Action, and

Develop liveable and creative communities, especially supporting those with disabilities.

“These are directed at supporting our growing population of young people, and in particular, to support those living with disabilities in our area,” said Mayor Carbone.

Successful Applicants

Organisation

Project Name and Description

1

Disabilities Services Australia

Making Friends in Fairfield will engage people across the disability community of Fairfield LGA to develop model behaviours, skills and confidence in their social interactions. Through a series of workshops, participants will create their own scripts and role-play scenarios around the themes of gender and sexuality.

2

Indo-Chinese Elderly Hostel Project Inc

Forget me not: remembering our stories will engage aged-care residents from Indo-Chinese backgrounds in the Bonnyrigg area to document their stories of heritage and culture, relationships and life experience to produce a book/e-book. Stories will be shared among communities from different cultures as a means of promoting intergenerational and cross-cultural understanding, ensuring traditions and cultural values are passed to the next generation.

3

NSW Spanish Latin American Association (NSW SLASA)

Celebrating Our Diversity and Similarities is a musical production to celebrate the diversity and similarities between the Spanish/Latin American and Middle Eastern communities in Fairfield LGA. The cultural production will promote community harmony, social cohesion and inclusion and help celebrate multiculturalism within Fairfield LGA.

4

Taste Food Tours

Beyond the Counter will produce a series of social media ready short films that present small food business people from Fairfield, Cabramatta and Bonnyrigg. They will share professional and personal stories of overcoming adversity, arrival, and making food from recipes handed down through centuries and brought to Australia - a gift of migration.

5

Baghdad Cultural Association

Stories of Resilience will bring women, men and young people together from across the Iraqi communities to develop a performance that raises awareness about violence against women and girls. This project will explore the impact and harm of gender−based violence on women and girls in particular, and the community at large.

6

Western Sydney Fashion Festival (Auspice: Aus-Asian Association)

Western Sydney Fashion Festival is a fashion showcase and runway featuring emerging and culturally diverse fashion creative artists (designers, film makers, artists) from Fairfield LGA as well as the Western Sydney area.

7

Women in Action

My Journey Box will work with a group of 15 senior women from the Spanish-speaking community who live in Fairfield LGA. A professional artist will work with participants to create personal 3-dimensional art objects, based on the concept of the ancient palimpsests where new layers of experiences are superimposed over the past, but still bear visible traces of that past.

8

Karitane

Lil Possums Playgroup-15 Year Celebration Aboriginal Artworks. The Aboriginal Totem Tile Artwork project celebrates Karitane’s Lil Possums Aboriginal playgroups 15th Birthday. This playgroup provides support to Aboriginal families with children 0-5 years old. Working with the Aboriginal Elders group (who meet at Karitane’s Fairfield office each week) they will produce tiles that depict their families’ Aboriginal Totems.

ENDS

Media enquiries: Hannah Kilgore, Communications and Marketing Officer. Phone: 9725 0166. Email: fcccommunications@fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au