This project worked towards developing an extensive evaluation of the benefit of arts festivals to community wellbeing and community connectedness.
It also looked at attracting and maintaining new residents and/or young people and creating positive linkages between established and newly arrived residents. The Fellowship team organised four distinctly different performances in the Balmoral community. The evaluation report strongly supported the benefit of arts and arts festivals in not just addressing the isolation factor of living in rural areas with large distances between farms and towns; but also in enriching community life through new skills, ideas and larger networks. This project has enabled the development of new events such as the Place and Diversity Festival for 2006.
The Fellowship recipient was Suiyin Honeywell, a member of the Chameleon Arts Collective Inc. Other members of the project team included Amelia Johnston and Elise Armitage. The collective comprises over 40 artists from Balmoral, Edenhope, Harrow, Casterton, Hamilton, Horsham, Nhill and Ballarat.