Afloat – Creative Regions
2012 - 2014
AFLOAT is an arts project that aims to capture the stories of the flood from those directly affected by the rising waters to those who helped strangers scrub floors and walls. These stories will be conveyed through ephemeral public art, theatre, music, digital media, photography and interactive smart phone technology. This multifaceted project aims to bring the community together once again to commemorate a significant moment in local history, celebrate the resilience of our region and engage in an arts-led recovery process.
Afloat was originally delivered in the Bundaberg Region funded through the Queensland Government’s Flexible Funding Program administered by the Bundaberg Regional Council. Planning was well underway to deliver other projects and a major community event when the January 2013 floods and tornadoes hit the region. The Creative Recovery – Building Resilience funding through Arts Queensland then expanded the project and enabled four events to now be produced in the flood and tornado affected lower Gladstone Region, Bundaberg, Fraser Coast and North Burnett.
The following are the key objectives of Afloat:
- Offering people an opportunity to tell their story, when they are ready, to assist with their personal recovery
- Capturing stories of a significant moment in our region’s history
- Telling those stories through various artistic mediums including music, dance, digital media, film, visual art and writing
- Showcasing the outcomes of the various program streams of Afloat at four major community events across the regions
- Demonstrating how the arts can help communities to recover socially, culturally and economically
- Helping to build community resilience
- Employment of local artists and artsworkers
- Skill development for artists and artsworkers
- Volunteer opportunities for the community to participate in the project
Event Networx was contracted by Creative Regions as project manager.