Carclew and Country Arts SA are pleased to announce that Alysha Hermann has been appointed to the newly created role of Creative Producer – Youth.
The new role, co-funded and managed by both organisations, will focus on creating outcomes with young people aged 12-26 living in regional communities across South Australia.
Alysha, originally from the Riverland, is a highly skilled and award winning artist and arts worker, specialising in youth arts practice and working with regional communities. She is the 2015 recipient of the Kirk Robson Award and a current participant of Australian Rural Leadership Program with an Australia Council scholarship.
"A regional community arts and cultural development project was the net that caught me,” Alysha said.
“I was a disconnected and disengaged high-school dropout and teenage parent and so I know the power of arts for social change, regional leadership and personal development because my journey since is proof of it. I'm so excited and honoured to take on this new role with Carclew and Country Arts as the Creative Producer, Youth. What an incredible commitment from both organisations to create space and opportunity for regional young people across the state to inspire, connect, discover, challenge, make, interrogate, grow and become."
The Chief Executive of Carclew Tricia Walton said: “Carclew’s responsibility for supporting creative experiences for children and young people in South Australia does not stop at the outskirts of the city. Creative leadership and ingenuity, imagination and ambition, artistic exploration and voice are important for all, and we do what we can to support those aspirations for children and young people statewide. Working with Country Arts SA is a great partnership for Carclew to impact the lives of regional young people and their communities.”
Country Arts SA Chief Executive Officer Steve Saffell said: “Regional South Australia has numerous young people seeking more ways to be engaged with the arts. Alysha is the ideal person to work with them to find the best ways to build their skills, broaden their opportunities and inspire them to lead us into the future. We are very pleased that Carclew is the newest partner in our Creative Communities Partnership Program, which currently employs 10 staffing partnerships statewide.”
The role of Creative Producer, Youth is to nurture and support young people (aged 12-26) living in regional South Australia to explore and express their creative aspirations. Young people themselves know what they want to do and how they want to do it. The Creative Producer, Youth’s role is to be a listener, cheer squad, connector, collaborator, facilitator, champion and ally.
So if you are a young person living in regional South Australia with something to say Alysha wants to hear it. Start or join the conversation:
email@example.com or join the facebook group
0416 267 391
Follow Alysha's travels by reading her blog at The Dirt - Diary of a regional producer
Image: (most of) The gang in front of the beautiful mural at the Eyre Hotel painted by Olivia White (one of the other attendees and co-company manager of D’Faces)
L-R: Belili Valkyrie, Olivia White, Shay Leach, Jessica Martin, Christopher Bond, Jesse Budel, Alysha Herrmann, Tania Kunze, Deborah Hughes, Jess Cahill, Matcho Intrumz Cassidy, Rob Golding
Who: The Youth Arts Facilitator HotHouse is a professional development opportunity for South Australian artists and arts workers with a commitment to regional practice and developing youth arts experiences.
What: Country Arts SA & Carclew are hosting a second weekend retreat to continue building youth arts capacity in regional South Australia. The 2018 HotHouse builds on the conversations initiated by the first weekend retreat facilitated by Lenine Burke (2016) and on the statewide conversations currently being developed by the Creative Producer, Youth/Regional. The HotHouse will bring together youth arts facilitators for an intensive learning and sharing program over the Queens Birthday long weekend in June. The HotHouse will support participants to connect with one another, build networks, share practice and leave the HotHouse with new skills and project ideas to build on.
Why: The HotHouse will further inform the Creative Producer's 3 year youth program currently in development and create opportunities to identify and support emerging youth arts leaders in the field. The HotHouse will cross-fertilise skills between artists and artsworkers with a regional youth arts practice and contribute to strengthening the South Australia youth arts community. It will also be an opportunity to continue informing Country Arts SA and Carclew about the needs of young artists and youth arts facilitators.
When: Friday 8th June - Monday 11th June.
Participants will arrive on Friday evening for a shared supper and introduction to the program. Saturday and Sunday will be two intensive days of workshops, panels, sharing, thinking, doing. Saturday is about thinking big and sharing craft. Sunday is about making plans and getting connected. Monday will be farewells and departures.
Where: Whyalla, multiple venues.
Participants will be sharing meals and accommodation slumber party/camping style to make the most of the weekend in the one place. All meals will be provided across the weekend.
How: Interested parties are invited to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) using the form below. The selection process will reflect priorities including:
· Cultural and geographic diversity;
· Supporting those who lack the financial means to attend;
· Professional impact of attendance for the applicant;
· Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander;
· Youth (18 - 27)
Grants of up to $750 will be available upon application, for successful regional applicants only.
NOTE: There are limited funds available. Assistance is for travel to and from the Hothouse for the retreat days/nights only.
Info about HotHouse Lead Facilitator
Alysha Herrmann is a proud parent, daughter of regional Australia, writer, theatre maker and community organizer working across disciplines in the arts, community development, youth work, social justice and social enterprise. As a creative practitioner, Alysha makes performances, installations, experiences, presentations, poetry, digital exchanges and small moments of connection in public places. Alongside her creative practice, Alysha is employed full-time by Carclew & Country Arts SA as Creative Producer, Youth (Regional) co-creating new artistic works and building the capacity of young artists in regional South Australia. Alysha has won numerous awards for her work using the arts to interrogate and explore community concerns and aspirations including most recently the 2017 Arts South Australia Geoff Crowhurst Memorial Ruby Award and the 2015 Australia Council Kirk Robson Award. Alysha is a current participant in the Australian Rural Leadership Program with a scholarship from the Australia Council.
Deadline for EOIs is 5pm Monday 21st May 2018.
Watch this space - The Diary of a Creative Producer blog by Alysha Hermann
12. 02. 2018
Four creative young people shared a letter from the future with the Country Arts SA whole of staff gathering in February, 2018.
This letter is from Kirsty Williams.
Kirsty Williams is a proud Kaurna, Nurrungar and Ngarrindjeri woman. She is a mother and performer and member of, Of Desert & Sea Dance, a contemporary dance collective of Aboriginal creatives. She has also recently started with Carclew as an Arts Admin trainee. Read More
12. 02. 2018
This is an entirely new role. That means it has never existed before and there is no set of projects or way of working to inherit. That means I am figuring out what we do, how we do it, where we do it and when we do it.
The only things that are certain are: this role is about working with people 26 and under living in regional, rural and remote South Australia. It is about their creative ideas, aspirations, concerns and adventures. This is a creative producing role so I am going to be producing creative outcomes. This role is jointly-funded by Carclew & Country Arts SA so must support and respond to the wider work of both organisations as well.
Everything else is up for discovery. ....Read More
Alysha Herrmman Creative Producer, Youth
The Creative Producer, Youth (Regional) is a statewide role co-funded and managed by Carclew and Country Arts SA. The role of Creative Producer, Youth is to nurture and support young people (aged 12-26) living in regional South Australia to explore and express their creative aspirations. Young people themselves know what they want to do and how they want to do it. The Creative Producer’s role is to be a listener, cheer squad, connector, collaborator, facilitator, champion and ally. Alysha Herrmann was appointed to the role of Creative Producer in late 2017, she is based from the Riverland region of South Australia. Alysha is an award winning writer, theatre-maker and community organiser in her own right.
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