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JANUARY NEWS
Happy New Year RASN Network!

We hope you all had a great 2019 and are ready for an even better 2020. There is so much news and information to share as the network gears up for all the latest across the regions with exciting children's programming, amazing artist opportunities, fun stats and so much more!
TOP STORIES OF 2019
Below are the top stories our followers read via our social media last year.
MY REGION MY ART
Each month RASN will be showcasing regional artists/artworks from around Queensland. For a chance to have your work featured in the RASN e-news all you have to do is use #myregionmyart on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.
Feel free to also hashtag #rasnqld or tag @rasnqld. 
PROVIDER SPOTLIGHT
IPSWICH AND LOGAN
Access Community Services
Brisbane City Council have now selected the finalists for this year's The QUBE Effect program. The QUBE Effect shines a spotlight on Brisbane's upcoming talent and provides them with opportunities to be mentored, perform live and so much more.

As the official producer of The QUBE Effect 2020, BEMAC were blown away by the number of talented entries. We can't wait to kick off the music development program we have in store for these chosen participants! Being part of The QUBE Effect will provide participating musicians with opportunities to network with and be mentored by some of Brisbane’s most influential music industry experts and attend BIGSOUND. The winning acts will perform live in Fortitude Valley on Friday 3 April 2020 during Brisbane Youth Week.
SOUTH EAST QUEENSLAND NORTH
Creative Arts Alliance

Watch the wrap on Plugin Music Week!

Held in Gympie, this is the first major project from Creative Alliance.18 beyond talented young musicians, 12 music mentors, new songs written and collaborations formed, 50 people taking part in the Gympie Music Industry Forum and 60+ family and friends attending the awesome showcase event.

This project couldn’t have been done without the delivery and funding partners SUGARRUSHMusic, Gympie Regional Council and Arts Queensland.

Click the image to watch the wrap up vid!
 

Big thanks to all the mentors, industry leaders and supporters involved!

Festival Assistant | Somerset Art Beat Festival | Somerset Region
 
CAA is calling for applications for the role of Festival Assistant for the annual Somerset Art Beat Festival. No previous experience required, just a passion for community, art and culture and the ability to travel across the Somerset region to help promote the festival.
 
For more details email admin@creativealliance.org.au
CENTRAL QUEENSLAND 
Central Queensland University
Write Sparks

Write Sparks offers beginners and intermediate writers the opportunity to tell their stories while learning the skills of writing for performance. Participants will experience and learn how to progress their work from strength to strength through the structured support of award-winning playwright and dramaturge, Kathryn Ash.

The program is run over three residencies delivered throughout a 6-month period running from Friday afternoons through to Sunday afternoons (15 hours of intensive hands on development per residency), and also features a number of personal dramaturgical sessions with Kathryn to help craft your ideas.

These residencies will not only be an amazing opportunity to work your craft through activities and writing exercises but will also build a great network of peers. A limited number of participants will be able to attend the annual JUTE Playwrights’ Retreat, a weekend of fun, writing and play-reading. Participants will be aiming to develop a full first draft of a script for performance by the end of the year.
 
Art Retreat Opportunity at the Spectacular Carnarvon Gorge

Enjoy the tranquil atmosphere and cultivate your creativity in the Carnarvon National Park!  Join our brilliant tutors for three days of workshops, followed by three days of immersion in the peaceful surrounds of nature. Our experienced tutors cater for all levels of artistic skill in varying fields of arts. 

Limited places available so make sure you get in quick!

Bookings close the 15 January 2020.

Proudly supported by CQRASN and Central Highlands Regional Council.                                       

CQ RASN is excited to be partnering with Central Highlands Regional Council to roll out a very exciting project in early 2020!

Carnarvon Creates is an artist retreat in the wonderful environment of Carnarvon Gorge in which some amazing tutors will come together to offer a diverse range of workshops for artists in this wonderful setting. 
 
Only 40 places available so book in now!
CAPE YORK & THE TORRES STRAIT 
Arts Queensland in partnership with Cook Shire Council
Cooktown Expo 2020

From Cooktown to the Cape, experience Tropical North Queensland’s history, adventure, culture, environment and share our stories!
SOUTH WEST QUEENSLAND
Empire Theatre Projects
NORTH QUEENSLAND
Queensland Music Festival
 For more information on NQYAC or to register your interest click here
Dress the Central West Rides Again
 
Tambo's Grassland Art Gallery is transforming 'Dress the Central West' into a unique exhibition, showcasing the creations and narrative of this cross-regional community 'Wearable Art' initiative.

'Dress the Central West' has been a collaborative journey that has inspired, engaged, encouraged and empowered local people within central west communities to find “Beauty within the Drought”. The Gala has showcased regional designers, models, dancers, avant-garde makeup artists, and local hair stylists in a collective production that tells the story of our Outback.
SECTOR NEWS
A True Grassroots Production

Spinifex Gum is a musical collaboration between The Cat Empire’s Felix Riebl and Ollie McGill, and Marliya Choir, an all-female, all-Indigenous group from Cairns conducted by Lyn Williams (AM) and choreographed by Deborah Brown. Part protest, part celebration, Spinifex Gum is a deep and affecting musical experience. It has the power to disarm, inspire, and speak to us in a way that no individual voice can.

Join Marliya, The Cat Empire’s Felix Riebl and special guest Emma Donovan for this incredible Closing Night Concert at QPAC.

In May 2018, the Queensland Government announced it would invest $125 million over four years to deliver a new $150 million theatre on the Playhouse Green site co-located with and operated by QPAC. QPAC will also contribute $25 million towards the project. 

The New Performing Arts Venue (NPAV) will deliver a minimum 1500 seat theatre to meet existing audience and producer demand and support continued growth of performing arts in Queensland. This new venue will support audience demand for performing arts and grow Queensland’s arts and cultural sector. With the concept design, managing contractor and heritage approval now finalised, the next step is public consultation for the new theatre.
TO KILL A CASSOWARY by Laurie Trott
March 13 - 21, Centre of Contemporary Arts

Old Amos leads an eccentric life hidden deep in the tropical rain forest of Far North Queensland's Cassowary Coast. He's a bohemian eco-warrior, a spiritual eclectic and a cantankerous loner but for the occasional visit from his mysterious neighbour, Josie. His idyllic existence living amongst the Orange-footed scrub fowl and the illusive Cassowary however is endangered when his estranged daughter Paula moves in. She has her eyes on his precious real estate; she has plans. Over my dead body, thinks Amos. He may be right.

Director: Bridget Boyle
Lighting Design: Jason Glenwright
Audio Design: Nathan Sibthorpe
Sound Design: Guy Webster
Set Design: Simona Cosentini & Simone Tesorieri

Mission Beach (140km from Cairns city) writer Laurie Trott emerged from JUTE’s 2016 'Write Sparks' and 2017 'Writers-In-Residence' development programs. In 2018, Laurie was asked to pitch her script to JUTE for further development resulting in a one-week creative development of the work in March 2019.

Knowing that this new work would require a fine comedic director, JUTE approached Bridget Boyle, who fell in love with it on first read. It is a quirky story set in the context of divergent beliefs about how to manage the conservation of the oldest continuous rain forest in the world, and the many creatures who depend on it to survive.

The Cassowary bird becomes larger than life, a mythical character in the play. The audience will feel a deep sense of immersion in our ‘rain forest that meets the sea’ through a sculptured soundscape, canopied set design and the use of stylised digital rendering to tell the Cassowary’s story.

Stephen Tandy (of ‘The Sullivans’ fame and last seen on the JUTE stage in the Matilda Award Winning ‘Bastard Territory’) was an obvious casting choice for the aging but sharp-minded Amos, playing against the powerful stage presence of Cairns-based actor Natalie Taylor as his assertive daughter, Paula. Folded into the mix is the enigmatic Yvette Walker, First Nations actor, cast as the mysterious neighbour, Josie.
 
A great trio to tell this compelling story!
WOW Australia 2020 is on sale now! 

Stories of change and stories for change

What an incredible line-up for our first program announcement! 
The festival will take place at Brisbane Powerhouse from 3-5 April, with an opening night welcome celebration on 2 April and closing night concert at QPAC on 5 April. 

Our Day Pass program includes a captivating range of conversations, workshops, exhibitions, lunchtime performances and demonstrations.
Check out the amazing talent and thought-provoking themes at this years event.
'Marlilu Tjukurrpa', Teresa Baker (2018)
Over the next two years, USQ will be the custodian of a portion of artist David Hinchliffe’s private collection, gathered in appreciation of its cultural heritage.

Unveiled early January in Toowoomba, the significant and striking collection includes powerful personal and cultural stories, such as Barbara Weir’s Untitled.

The loan is a watershed moment for the University, providing a significant boost in Indigenous art resources available for viewing and academic study.
Supercell: Festival of Contemporary Dance
21-29 Feb 2020

Civic engagement, social change and critical dialogue through contemporary dance! 

Founded in 2015 by Kate Usher and Glyn Roberts, Supercell Fest is a celebration of people and place through vibrant and exquisite contemporary dance. With the backdrop of Brisbane as the setting for the newly founded festival and a vibrant Queensland dance sector supporting the endeavour, Supercell was launched in the midst of a sweltering summer - a collision of beauty, ferocity, spectacle and rejuvenation. 
Kicking off 2020 with Box Kites

UMI Arts is starting 2020 off with a box kite workshop to celebrate Chinese New Year festivities.

The kites will have Indigenous artworks adorning the wings and are UMI Arts contribution to Cairns' Chinese New Year celebrations, in recognition of the shared history between First Nation people and Chinese immigrants since their arrival in Australia. When finished the box kites will be showcased as part of an exhibition scheduled for March.
Wild, Wild Words out West

We know that sometimes Writers Festivals can seem a little stuffy, so Words Out West is taking a different approach!

They’re not just interested in words that sit on a page, but words that do — words that inspire, words that uncover, words that excite, and even words that teach you how to bake a cake!

Words Out West features five distinct programs for readers and writers from the Western Downs and beyond. Discover more about what you can expect from Words Out West Fest!

Hitting the Roadcase

arTour is hitting the road in February and March, bringing Roadcase 2020 to Munduberra, Roma, Thargomindah, Longreach and Cloncurry.

Roadcase is a free event and extension of Queensland Touring Showcase specifically tailored to the programming needs of community presenters, local arts councils, regional councils and festivals. At Roadcase you will have the chance to meet presenters from your region, discuss local priorities, challenges and discover common opportunities. 
Minya Birrañ: what now for Indigenous languages?

Fri 21 Feb 2020 - SLQ

A day for all creatives, educators, community workers and those who work in the GLAM sector to be part of the important conversation about the future of Indigenous language and its place as a human right, while gaining skills and tools to incorporate Indigenous language into your craft.

Coinciding with International Mother Language Day, this forum at the State Library of Queensland will explore ways to harness the goodwill and energy of the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages and pose the question of what now?
2020 QMA People’s Choice Awards Voting

The Queensland Music Awards (QMAs) are yet again placing the power in the hands of the public to decide on Queensland’s favourite festival and live music venues (regional and remote)!

Music industry professionals from across Australia have nominated the cream of the crop to battle it out for the 2020 QMA People’s Choice Awards, presented by Oztix.

You may only vote once, so make it count!

All entries will go into the draw to win a BIGSOUND Festival pass for you and a mate to catch all the live music you can handle, over four nights in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley 1-4 September 2020.

People’s Choice Awards voting is open until 11:59pm (AEST), Wednesday 5 February 2020.

Get in there and support your favourite venues and fests!
WORKSHOPS | TRAINING

ARTSCOAST

Over the past few months, Sunshine Coast Council's Creative Arts and Events team have been working on one of the goals within the Sunshine Coast Arts Plan 2018-38 which requires the development of a brand and brand strategy designed to promote the reputation of the Sunshine Coast and our arts community, both nationally and abroad, as a creative destination to live, work and visit.

Sunshine Coast Council have been working with a Sunshine Coast marketing consultant and a diverse range of arts and tourism sector stakeholders over the past 12 months to develop the strategy and the ARTSCOAST logo, and now we need your input into a key decision – choosing the ARTSCOAST visual identity!
 

Click here to see and rank the three logos!

Creative Development Program
 
It’s no secret that we love artists. And HOTA's Creative Development Program is one of the ways we put our money where our mouth is. In 2020, we’re again offering funding, support and resources to help local artists develop their ideas.
 
What’s it all about?
 
This program provides platforms for creative development, presentation and collaboration. We want artists, connected to our region, to take risks, experiment and create great art. In 2019, we flung the doors open for artists to experiment with various ideas. In 2020, we now have three focus areas: HOTA Program, Collaborations at Carriageworks and Open proposals and over $200,000 in cash and in-kind resources is on offer.
 
Apply Between Mon 20 Jan – Thu 27 Feb 2020.
Date Claimers for M&G QLD 2020 Events
 
Workshop: The Object of Labels – Writing Interpretive Text for Exhibitions
21 February 2020, 10am-1pm
Supreme Court Library Queensland, Brisbane
$60, $55 Concession
Registrations will open 22 January 2020
 
M&G QLD Securing Funding Workshop
11 March 2020
Mount Isa Civic Centre, Mount Isa
 
Series of Collection Management Workshops
Topics include Collection Management, Preventive Conservation and Disaster Preparedness, and Significance Assessment
May and June 2020
Rockhampton, Gladstone and Biloela
EMPLOYMENT
Position: Coordinator - Sales and Business Development
Organisation: The MECC
Location: Mackay
Closes: 30 Jan 2020
More information: vacancies.mackay.qld.gov.au
Position: Senior Graphic Designer
Organisation: MAK Media
Location: North Queensland
Closes: 25 Jan 2020
More information: Email Advertiser
Position: Creative Recovery Artist Facilitator
Organisation: Creative Recovery Network
Location: Baw Baw, Cardinia and Latrobe City
Closes: 14 Feb 2020
More information: baw.bawshire.vic.gov
Position: Videographer/Producer
Organisation: Vetta Productions
Location: Townsville
Closes: Not Listed
More information: Vetta Online
Position: Development Coordinator
Organisation: Brisbane Powerhouse
Location: Brisbane
Closes: 30 Jan 2020
More information: seek.com.au
Position: Volunteer
Organisation: WOW Australia
Location: Brisbane
Closes: 31 Jan 2020
More information: wowaustralia.com.au
FUNDING | GRANTS | AWARDS | RESIDENCIES
The Australia Council offers three grant rounds each year for this category.
The Brian Boak Outstanding Performer Bursary
Closes: 31 January 2020
The Brian Boak Bursary is designed to provide support to a person wishing to pursue a program of study or professional development at a recognised university, specialist post-secondary institution or other centre of excellence in the areas of acting, dancing, singing or instrumental performance.
More information: empiretheatre.com.au
SWELL Sculpture Festival - Call for Entries
Closes: 31 January 2020
Expressions of interest are open for Redland Art Gallery's travelling gallery, SWELL Sculpture Festival invites all emerging, mid career and professional sculptors to submit their concepts to be a part of something extraordinary.  SWELL presents 18th year of outdoor temporary public artworks along the picturesque Currumbin Beach, Queensland, 11 - 20 Sept 2020.
More information: swellsculpture.com.au/

Noosa Historian-in-Residence
Closes:
9 Feb 2020
Noosa Council is launching an Historian-in-Residence program to encourage historians to explore Noosa's stories and create new works to share local history with the community. This is a paid opportunity for suitably qualified and experienced historians or heritage professionals to explore, develop and showcase aspects of Noosa’s history and heritage, connect with the local community and create new works which add to the body of documented history on the local area.
More information: Email Noosa Council's Heritage Coordinator

Chinchilla Street Placemaking Project - EOIs
Closes:
 10 February 2020
The Western Downs Regional Council is calling for emerging and/or experienced visual, street, or professional artists to register their expression of interest in the Chinchilla Street Placemaking project to be considered to undertake artwork on the building façade on the Warrego highway.
More information: email Justyne Wilson, Coordinator Arts and Culture: arts@wdrc.qld.gov.au 
Art Music Fund - APRA AMCOS
Closes:
 24 February 2020
In recognition of the limited opportunities for art music composers to have their works performed, APRA AMCOS has initiated the Art Music Fund. A total pool of A$100,000 per annum is on offer to provide funding for composers to create commissioned work that is complemented by an exploitation program.
More information: apraamcos.com.au
Percival Portrait Painting Prize
Closes: 2 March 2020
The biennial Percival Portrait Painting Prize is North Queensland’s own portrait competition. Having begun in 2007, The Percivals is an open competition for artists. While showcasing the outstanding and innovative work currently being produced by Australian artists, the competition has also given many emerging artists an opportunity to engage with portraiture and share their expressions of themselves and those close to them.
More information: townsville.qld.gov.au
Percival Photographic Portrait Prize
Closes: 2 March 2020
The Percival Photographic Portrait Prize returns for the fourth instalment since it first debuted in 2014. For the 2020 edition of this biennial event, things will be shaken up with the exhibition to be held at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery.
More information: townsville.qld.gov.au
Percival Animal Portrait Prize
Closes: 2 March 2020
The Percival Animal Portrait Prize is coordinated and awarded by Pinnacles Gallery, coinciding with the Percival Portrait Painting Prize.
More information: townsville.qld.gov.au
Queensland-Smithsonian Fellowships Program
Closes: 9 March 2020
The Queensland Smithsonian Fellowships Program funds fellows from Queensland’s research, education and cultural sectors to visit and complete a project at the Smithsonian Institution.
More information: science.des.qld.gov.au
2020 'Hands On' $4,000 Bursary - The Artspace Mackay Foundation
Closes: 10 Feb 2020
Funded by the Artspace Mackay Foundation, the 'Hands On' Bursary is a significant $4,000 in 2020. The Bursary was Initiated to support and encourage young people aged 17-25yrs, originating from the Mackay region, who wish to pursue a career in the arts. 
More information: artspacemackay.com.au
North Queensland Ceramic Awards
Closes: 20 April 2020
The biennial North Queensland Ceramic Awards has long aimed to increase public exposure to a high standard of pottery from around the nation.
More information: townsville.qld.gov.au
Nomad Two Worlds Foundation Indigenous Arts Scholarship
Open year-round
Offers $20,000 scholarships to emerging Indigenous Australian or Torres Strait Islander and Native American, Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian Artists to pursue artistic development in each other's countries respectively.
More information: americanaustralian.org
Google Ad Grants
Open year-round
To empower non-profit organisations through $10,000 per month of in-kind AdWords advertising to promote their missions and initiatives on Google. 
More information: google.com.au
Red Box Pop-Up Gallery: 2020 EOIs open
No Date Listed
Expressions of interest are open for Redland Art Gallery's travelling gallery, available to individual artists and groups to display artworks. 
More information: artgallery.redland.qld.gov.au
UMI Arts Exhibitions - EOIs open
Curated “Exhibition Ready” and “You and Me” – expressions of interest are open now for February to April 2020 exhibitions.
More information: www.umiarts.com.au/
Crows Nest Residency 2020 EOI
No Date Listed
Situated on beautiful Chambers Island, the Crows Nest is a small, private studio space with views out across Maroochy River. This creative studio space would suit writers, digital and fine artists and creatives wishing to create in a natural habitat.
More information: sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au
Art in the Library - Call for Artists
Closes 10 Feb 2020

Townsville CityLibraries are calling all local artists!  Apply now to receive a FREE exhibition space at a Townsville CityLibraries branch and the opportunity to host your own workshop. Successful applicants will be paid to host their own workshops!
More information: townsville.qld.gov.au
CIAF and Cairns Airport Public Art Commission
Closes 14 Feb 2020

Each year many visitors fly to Cairns for CIAF. Cairns Airport recognises the importance of the Indigenous culture and heritage in this region and together with CIAF have developed an annual Public Art Commissioning Project. Local QLD Indigenous artists are invited to answer an Expression of Interest to design a sculptural/artistic element, to be commissioned and then permanently displayed within the Cairns Airport T2 Domestic Terminal.
More information: ciaf.com.au
Web Series Submissions
Closes 2 Feb 2020

The Gold Coast Film Festival are looking for a brand new group of web series to screen at the festival and compete for two prizes: Best Australian Web Series ($500 cash prize) and Best International Web Series!
More information: filmfreeway.com
Nakata Brophy Short Fiction and Poetry Prize for Young Indigenous Writers
Closes 2 Feb 2020

First place is a $5000 prize, publication in Overland’s print magazine, and a writing residency (of up to three months) at Trinity College, the oldest student residence at the University of Melbourne. Two runner-up prizes of $500 may also be awarded.
More information: overland.org.au
The SQ + Stan Premium Drama Development Fund 2020
Closes 21 Feb 2020

Queensland writers can apply now to pitch to Stan, Australia’s leading local SVOD service, as part of a co-investment collaboration with the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland. The fund will provide the opportunity for up to four Queensland based writers /creative teams to have their projects selected for further development and possible commission by the streaming giant.
More information: screenqueensland.com.au
2020 JADA
Closes 30 June 2020

Grafton Regional Gallery is pleased to announce that entries are now open for the 2020 JADA to artists residing in Australia aged over 16 years.  Artists are invited to enter up to two drawings with a Gallery appointed panel to shortlist a selection of finalists for exhibition from 2 October to 22 November 2020.
More information: graftongallery.nsw.gov.au
The Queensland Reconciliation Awards
Nominations Close 24 Feb 2020

The QLD Reconciliation Awards recognises initiatives undertaken by businesses, community organisations, educational institutions and government going above and beyond their core business to foster reconciliation and pave the way for a better future for our state.
More information: awards.premiers.qld.gov.au
Aspiring Indigenous Director Program 2020
Applications Close 31 Jan 2020

A ten-month program for emerging Indigenous leaders to develop boardroom skills, connect participants with experienced directors and kick-start their directorship career. No prior experience as a director is required.
More information: aicd.companydirectors.com.au
Fivex Art Prize
Closes 16 February 2020

The Fivex Art Prize is a new and unique annual award in Australia for digital billboard art, highlighting the dynamic relationship between contemporary art and urban street culture.
More information: fivexprize.com.au
National Regional Arts Fellowship Program
Applications Close 24 Feb 2020

The program is designed to elevate the practice of artists and practitioners across regional, rural and remote Australia, raise their profile and provide professional development opportunities.
More information: regionalarts.com.au
The Alice Prize
Applications Close 7 Feb 2020

In 2020, the Alice Prize will celebrate its 41st incarnation with the award for the winning artwork of $30,000. The Alice Prize is an acquisitive national contemporary art prize, welcoming entries from around Australia, in any medium or theme.
More information: bneart.com
BUSHFIRE RELIEF EFFORTS
The past couple of months have been a trying time for Australia, as the country is besieged by bushfires that have left thousands displaced or made homeless by the flames and caused untold damage to our native flora and fauna.

But how can you contribute to relief efforts as members of the arts community?

There are tons of practical ways you can help support your local emergency services as well as those affected by the fires below.


Over at ArtsHub, read their six step list for taking action in times of crisis.

Art Guide Australia has compiled a constantly updating list of fundraising exhibitions and relief efforts by artists, galleries and arts organisations held nation-wide
Comedian Celeste Barber has made history with her astounding Facebook fundraiser which has gone on to become the most successful fundraiser held on the social media platform. Contributing to her efforts will support The Trustee for NSW Rural Fire Service & Brigades Donations Fund.

Do you or someone you know have a little one in their life whose struggling to understand the scary images of the fires? Or maybe you're the one who can't find the right words to help them understand? At First 5 Forever, they've assembled a list of books to help children understand natural disasters.
Also hosted by Celeste Barber, tickets are on sale now for Fire Fight Australia, a benefit concert in Sydney Olympic Park which will play host to international and local music icons as they unite to share one stage for Australia during its time of need.
Foodbank is delivering emergency food relief and water to East Gippsland, helping firefighters and local communities caught up in the bushfires.
Buy From The Bush showcases products to buy from regional communities suffering drought and the after effects of the bushfires. You can purchase art and collectibles, jewelry and fashion among other products.
One of the many team helping with relief efforts at the moment, the Queensland-based Rescue Collective has partnered with the Animal Rescue Craft Guild to distribute donated items to independent animal carers across the country. You can find guides on how to make pouches online or simply donate if you're not a crafter.
The Creative Recovery Network’s vision is for Australian communities to be self-determined in their preparedness and recovery efforts supported by Community Arts and Cultural Development practices. They value the role of culture and the arts in disaster recovery and have a podcast that explores this.
ABC's Behind the News is brimming with resources aimed at upper primary and lower secondary students with the hope of helping them understand issues and events outside their own lives. In addition to student material, they have teacher resources for managing student's responses to bushfires.
Books for Bushfires - a national appeal by the Children's Book Council of Australia who have partnered with GIVIT to raise monetary donations to purchase books in local stores for fire affected families and communities. To donate, select Books for Bushfires from the dropdown on the GIVIT Donate page.
Art Lovers Australia is based on a shared love of art and genuine desire to see artists thrive. An online marketplace and community for artists and art lovers their platform now offers donated work for purchase to raise funds for those affected by the Australian bushfire crisis.
Lastly, don't overlook the power of social media to uplift, empower and spread awareness of movements and groups within your area and outside them. From #AuthorsForFireys to #AustralianFires trending on Twitter, multiple GoFundMe pages and social platform movements including Give Now and Spend with Them, there are so many ways to keep informed and contribute to the growing relief efforts that have emerged in the wake of these fires.
RESOURCES
For over 20 years Emerging Minds has been dedicated to advancing the mental health and emotional wellbeing of Australian infants, children, adolescents and their families. The organisation now leads the National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health, delivered in partnership with the Australian Institute of Family Studies, the Australian National University, the Parenting Research Centre and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

Emerging Minds develops mental health policy, services, interventions, training, programs and resources in response to the needs of professionals, children and their families. They partner with family members, national and international organisations to implement evidence-based practice into the Australian context. Their resources are freely available online and in the wake of the recovery efforts surrounding the bushfires, their Community Trauma Toolkit provides a starting point to help children navigate the different stages of a disaster.
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