Sydney, Thursday 1 June 2017

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What an evening featuring three grassroots non-profits using creativity and the arts in innovative ways to effect positive social change, as part of the VIVID Ideas program for 2017! PwC warmly welcomed us all into their stunning new Barangaroo offices, and generously match funded, together with Creative Partnerships Australia. An incredible evening supporting the arts for good cause!

Congratulations to the three finalists who pitched: Musicians Making A Difference (MMAD)KidsXpress; and Information & Cultural Exchange (I.C.E).

Creative Partnerships Australia works to increase investment in Australia’s arts sector; bringing donors, businesses, artists and arts organisations together to foster a more sustainable and vibrant arts sector for the benefit of all Australians. Creative Partnerships Australia is supported by the Australian Government through the Department of Communications and the Arts.

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  1. Project #1: Musicians Making A Difference (MMAD)

    Musicians Making A Difference (MMAD) works to break intergenerational cycles of disadvantage in the lives of young people experiencing issues such as homelessness, social isolation and trauma. Through music, dance and mentoring, MMAD run programs that harness cutting edge creative therapy to help young people reach their full potential. To carry on with such critical work, MMAD are seeking funding for the 'Sound Foundations' program - a ten-week course that teaches young people the foundations of songwriting, recording and performing, while learning how to build a sound foundation in life for a potential future in the arts.

    Presenter: Will Small 
    Will Small is the Creative Facilitator of MMAD's pioneering social enterprise "The Lounge Room". As a Spoken Word Artist, Will's heart for community and creativity drive his passion for creating safe and creative spaces of belonging for all people, particularly vulnerable youth.

  2. Project #2: KidsXpress

    KidsXpress transforms the lives of children impacted by emotional trauma through innovative expressive therapy programs. A psychologically traumatising experience can have a considerably adverse impact on a child’s developing brain and if unresolved, can develop into serious personal challenges in their adult life. KidsXpress supports families, schools and communities to better manage and minimise the impact of childhood trauma through early intervention. They are seeking funds for their 10-week therapy programs that use music, art, drama, dance and play as therapy to immerse children’s senses, imaginations and entire bodies into the communication of difficult emotions or experiences.

    Presenter: Margo Ward
    While working for many years as both a play therapist and in a national suicide prevention role, Margo saw first-hand how unresolved childhood trauma could lead to greater social and psychological problems later in life. Margo founded KidsXpress to help these kids turn their challenges into opportunities and change their life trajectory. 

  3. Project #3: Information & Cultural Exchange (I.C.E.)

    Information & Cultural Exchange (I.C.E.) is a Western Sydney community arts organisation working to create opportunities for indigenous families, at-risk youth, refugees, people with disability and emerging community-based artists through cultural development, screen and digital media related education programs. They are seeking funding to support their ‘Razzle Dazzle Orchestra' (RDO) project, an intensive 20-week experimental music and music video creative development and production program for 40 young people with autism (mostly high needs and non-verbal).

    Presenter: John Kirkman
    With an extensive career spanning the visual and performing arts worlds nationally and internationally, John joined Information and Cultural Exchange (I.C.E) as Executive Director in 2012 to draw on his passion for empowering the most vulnerable people in Western Sydney's communities through contemporary arts practice, to drive positive social change. 

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Cost: $15.00 per attendee
Date: 1 June 2017
Time: 5.30pm for a 6pm start
Venue: PwC, Level 17, One International Towers, Watermans Quay, Barangaroo NSW 2000


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