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 is currently recruiting for ART SQUAD after the successful Youth Arts Faciliatator Hothouse. You can follow Alysha's project through the Diary of a Regional Producer.
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:
firstname.lastname@example.org or join the facebook group
0416 267 391
Follow Alysha's travels by reading her blog at The Dirt - Diary of a regional producer
Art Squad is a new dedicated program for creative people aged 18-23 living in regional, rural or remote South Australia. Art Squad is for people who want to build their own creative career and make things happen in their own communities.
As part of Art Squad you will get the support and networks to navigate all the ‘bits’ of bringing to life big ideas. Bits like putting together a budget and reading a profit & loss statement, organising insurance and risk management, finding funding and project partners, marketing and evaluating a project, facilitation and leadership skills, developing and strengthening specific creative skills, building new networks and creating a career path for the future. You’ll be able to ask all the questions you need and the program will morph and adapt to nurture your unique journey.
Art Squad will begin in October 2018 with nine members. One member from each of the seven areas of regional South Australia plus two wildcards. As a member of Art Squad you’ll be creating and delivering a project idea (or more than one) in your own local community, and supporting other members as they do the same in their own communities in 2019 and 2020.
You’ll have intensive access to the Carclew and Country Arts SA Creative Producer – Alysha Herrmann – through weekly group virtual sessions, fortnightly virtual one-on-ones and an annual group face to face. Alysha will also work with you to build your individual local support team and a personalised plan for your creative future.
We are looking for a mix of artforms, backgrounds, geographic locations and experiences.
We are especially keen to hear from:
Get your application in by 12th September and join the Squad.
Join the conversation
Art Squad and Regional Creative Producer Youth are joint projects of:
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
10. 07. 2018
Over the June long weekend 13 creative practitioners passionate about working with young people and in exploring regional practice converged on Whyalla. Attendees of the Youth Arts Facilitator HotHouse spent the weekend sharing practice, reflecting on personal and professional goals, scheming new ideas, unpacking big questions, being inspired by Whyalla and each other and considering how together they can nurture and advocate for the youth arts sector locally and nationally.
Attendees of the HotHouse shared space slumber party style in the hall of D’Faces on Friday and Saturday nights before moving to the Middleback Arts Centre stage on Sunday night. Although the group was small, the enthusiasm of the night owls was pretty overwhelming and many of the group were left worse for wear on the sleeping front. However the depth of connections has led to new project ideas and some seedling collaborations. We will report back in a couple of months to see which things grow!
In a single weekend, we could barely scrape the surface but some of the activities and discussions across the weekend included:
Small task based activities led by attendees to experience each others practice, reflect on different styles of facilitation and remember what it feels like to participate (this included a vocal choral exercise led by Jesse Budel, a dance routine led by Belili Valkyrie, focus exercises led by Christopher Bond and a writing task led by Jessica Martin).
Sharing food and downtime together for that all important relationship building (this included some late night impromptu dance battles and a poetry sharing circle)
A shared mapping exercise to locate where everyone is currently working or is from and locations across the state that attendees are interested in working in for the future
A braindump of big ideas on the first morning, followed by an individual deep dive into one of those ideas and opportunity to investigate it and report back over an hour on the last afternoon
Some tips and tricks for working with schools, working with councils and working in the screen industry
Frank and honest discussions and sharing on the challenges of working with young people, in communities generally and in regional communities specifically
A session looking at national practice considerations in relation to Community Arts and Cultural Development Funding, which led to a broader discussion and the group creating a shared list of potential funding sources
An introduction to Whyalla for those new to the region, including working from D’Faces and the Middleback Arts Centre and a 40minute mini tour of the town led by Whyalla attendees.
This HotHouse weekend built on some conversations and networks developed through Country Arts SA’s 2016 Micro Artist Retreat led by Lenine Burke and as the host of the weekend, my aims were to
bring together youth arts practitioners to seed some new connections and potential projects,
introduce attendees to Whyalla as a potential site for projects and ideas (I’ll do another post about ‘why Whyalla’),
identify some projects that I might be able to support and contribute to in my role as Creative Producer, Youth,
invest in some skills sharing between the group
and give everyone some space to reflect on where they are up to and where they are heading.
On a personal level, I also wanted to be inspired and invigorated by the weekend – which I most definitely was. It was a real gift to spend the weekend surrounded by committed and skilled creative people who share my passion for regional communities and working with young people.
As the host, I’ve been reflecting on these HotHouse aims as I read back through the feedback from everyone who attended. We collected some initial hand-written thoughts on the last day of the weekend and then followed up with a 10-question survey a week or so later. This is to capture the different layers of feedback once people have had time to reflect and return to their day to day lives. It is always super interesting to see how different things resonate (or annoy) and a good reminder that what can seem obvious to us might not be to others, and that what feels natural for us can feel very unnatural for others.
As an example my personal facilitation style is very flexible and quite organic, for people who are very methodical and linear this can feel frustrating, confusing, annoying and even a bit scary. For me as someone who is very organic, I find facilitation styles that are very methodical and linear can feel slow, rigid, annoying and sometimes a bit boring. Neither of these approaches is better or worse than the other – they can both be excellent (or annoying!) – but some approaches will suit some participants better than others.
It’s also a good reminder when reading through and analysing feedback to keep it in context and actually read what is in front of you (not what you personally experienced or remember experiencing). If eight people said they had an incredible time and one person said they didn’t, it can be easy to focus on that one person and lose sight of the other feedback. Of course that doesn’t mean you should dismiss that one voice either, the dissenting voices always have something useful to add, especially when we are looking for improvements for the future! It just means keep things in perspective and be prepared for responses you might not expect.
“its better than any overpriced (wanky) arts conference i’ve ever been to, everyone is much less guarded, so generous, enthusiastic, about networking, and finding ways that they can continue to keep working, playing and learning from each other.” – Anonymous survey response post HotHouse
The attendees of the 2018 Youth Arts Facilitator HotHouse held in Whyalla over the June long weekend were: Christopher Bond, Jessica Martin, Shay Leach, Deborah Hughes, Nathan Lambert, Jess Cahill, Tania Kunze, Belili Valkyrie, Olivia White, Jesse Budel, Rob Golding, Matcho Intrumz Cassidy and Alysha Herrmann.
Shay Leach captured some footage and interviews across the HotHouse weekend and we will share a little snapshot when they’ve had the chance to edit. Stay tuned.
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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