Fitzroy Crossing Music in Community Program 2017

Facilitator: Gillian Howell

3 – 16 September 2017
Fitzroy Crossing, Kimberley, Western Australia

This is the first Residency in a 3 year program to be facilitated by internationally renowned music educator/facilitator Gillian Howell aimed at  expressing the local cultural identity of the Fitzroy Valley through music.  This Residency is part of Tura’s annual Remote Residency program.

This first Residency ainms to build collaborative foundations, trust and relationships with the Fitzroy Crossing people developing music projects through the exchange of ideas: mapping interests; exploring possibilities; assessing skills and developing creative languages for shared art-making. Participants will learn to explore music-making together and will be guided in devising and performing their own music composition. The outcome will be a musical work (song-writing, recorded work, drum and instrumental composition) to be performed in front of a local audience as part of Tura’s 2017 Echo Tour in September on Thursday September 14th

Gillian’s unique experience in working with groups of young people and communities at large in conflict zones (Sri Lanka, East-Timor, Bosnia, Afghanistan) is crucial. Her strength is taking people of all skill levels on an extraordinary journey, with the aim of facilitating a profound sense of connection and social inclusion, through the musical process. She makes links between shared music making, group composition, self-esteem and healthy relationships.

The role of this Residency will be to support locally-led performance initiatives: whether small and intimate arts experiences or those involving larger (formal or informal) cross-generational or specifically targeted groups. The project’s aim is to support local organisations already energising Fitzroy Crossing’s young people and women, children and families to initiate and nurture new arts-based projects, locally-led and supported through annual visits from Gillian.

Participants will have the opportunity to participate, learn together and experience the process of creating a piece of music right from the development of a new composition through to performance.

Local Partnerships include:

Nindilingarri Cultural Health Service
Marninwarntikura Women’s Resource Centre
Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Cultural Centre
Mara Wora Wora Aboriginal Corporation
Fitzroy Valley District High School
Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency

The three year program is supported by Healthway promoting the Act Belong Commit message and by the Ian Potter Foundation.