• Ben Drysdale

What a year! Huge thanks to all our supporters and partners

2017 has been a monumental year in our development as a social enterprise using theatre and arts for social change. But we didn't do it alone! We have received a lot of support in the form of volunteer support, partnerships, and project funding along the way so we'd like to thank those that have helped us take this little not for profit to the next level. Firstly, we would like to thank our past and present Board Members for all their strategic advice and assistance in developing and expanding our capacity and reach. We can't begin to express our gratitude to both our newly elected board comprised of Simone Penkethman (President), Craig Wallace (Vice President), Maria Doronilla (Treasurer), and Emma Gibson (Secretary); as well as our past board members Nicola Lambert, and Su Hanfling. We couldn't have done it all without you! 2018 saw us rebranding and moving offices from our long time partners Tuggeranong Arts Centre (TAC) over to Gorman Arts Centre. Though we've moved offices our partnership with TAC is by no means over and we look forward to working with them in future. This year we have finally achieved our goal of running regular Inclusive Drama with Rebus classes in partnership with L'Arche Genesaret Canberra and The Hub in Phillip. If you or a loved one are interested in getting involved in 2018 you can express interest at The Hub in Phillip website here. We also developed another strong partnership with Multicultural Youth Services to deliver Earthlings Multicultural Youth Theatre program for young people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds and Bridges or Barricades?, a program in schools using theatre to address young people's experiences of conflict. We absolutely must send out a huge thank you to Cindy Mitchell and The Mill House Social Enterprise Accelerator program for their generous seed funding and business mentoring in the further development of our Experiential Workplace Inclusion Training. We learned so much from the program and it was a pleasure working and learning alongside so many other amazing people trying to get their social enterprises to the next level. So here's a shout out to our fellow Mill House Refine program alumni For the Love of Bikes, Brunswick Solutions, Kulture Break, Energy Panda, and Letrums. Finally we'd like to thank our Government partners: The Australian Defence Force (ADF) Arts for Recovery, Resilience, Teamwork, and Skills (ARRTS) program for which we deliver the Acting and Performance stream teaching theatre to currently serving ADF personnel with physical or psychological injury each May and November in partnership with CleanStar. The National Disability Insurance Agency's Information Linkages and Capacity Building program for funding our Open Doors Open Minds community education project to assist community organisations in becoming more accessible. Last but by no means least ArtsACT who have funded a number of our projects over the years including Fractured and All In and have offered us project funding for a creative development about climate change in 2018 entitled Moving Climates.

Thank you all!

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