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Carnaval Colours Project Description

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TABLE OF CONTENTS 1.! Introduction,................................................................................................................,3! 2.! Project,Description,...................................................................................................,4! 3.! Objectives,.....................................................................................................................,5! 4.! Stakeholders,...............................................................................................................,6! 4.1.! Key,Organisations,...........................................................................................................,6! 4.1.1.! H.O.L.A.!–!Home!of!Latin!Association!...............................................................................!6! 4.1.2.! BRMC!–!Ballarat!Regional!Multicultural!Council!........................................................!6! 4.2.! Clients,.................................................................................................................................,6! 4.2.1.! YMCA!..............................................................................................................................................!6! 4.2.2.! Primary!School!..........................................................................................................................!7! 4.3.! Key,Personnel,..................................................................................................................,7! 4.3.1.! Meire!de!Mello!...........................................................................................................................!7! 4.3.2.! Angel!Castillo!..............................................................................................................................!7! 4.3.3.! Volunteers!....................................................................................................................................!7!

5.! Costs/,Resources,........................................................................................................,9! 6.! Planning,.....................................................................................................................,10! 7.! Project,Evaluation,..................................................................................................,11! 8.! Conclusions,...............................................................................................................,12! 9.! Acknowledgements,................................................................................................,13!

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, 1. Introduction The idea of the Carnaval Colours project started right at the beginning of the H.O.L.A. – Home of Latin Association. It has been a strong desire of H.O.L.A.’s members to participate in the broader Ballarat cultural community, sharing Latin American culture, history and way of life with local families. This idea was built over different pillars, identified through the observance of the characteristics of our local community and society, its particularities and needs. Our members had pointed out that parents are always struggling to find activities for their children during school holidays, as well as schools sometimes struggle to find extra-curricular activities to offer, from where arose the idea of partnerships that would permit us to give back to the local society, who have welcomed us so well, by helping filling those gaps. From this background Carnaval Colours was born: a project to promote the interaction between different cultures, especially among children, stimulating the appreciation of the different, encouraging these children to enjoy the advantages of living in a multicultural society.

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2. Project Description The project will consist of workshops of Latin American music, dance and craft that will be offered to children at school age. The workflow will consist of three phases: A. Volunteers training - To offer these workshops we will provide training to young people from the community. B. Workshops - The workshops will be offered during school holidays in late January and during the 2014 First term, to primary school children. During the program the kids will participate in three workshops: •

Craft workshop: children will build the musical instruments they are going to use from recycling and craft materials (drums, shakers, maracas, tambourines etc.).

Dance workshop: children will practice a dance performance matching the beat they are going to learn to play at the music workshop.

Music workshop: children will learn how to keep up to a beat with the instruments they have built at the craft workshop.

C. Carnaval Parade – All participants in the project will be invited to take part in the Carnaval Parade at Harmony Fest and Begonia Festival in March 2014. To stimulate the children to come along they will be given a bandana at the day of the Festival to wear during the Parade.

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3. Objectives Carnaval Colours’ major goal is to promote interaction between different cultures - in this case Latin Culture, represented by H.O.L.A., and multicultural local community. The project is focussing especially on children, stimulating the appreciation of the different, encouraging these children to enjoy the advantages of living in a multicultural society. General objectives include: -

Offer activities to children during holidays and after school programs;

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Promote interaction between high school students and primary school students;

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Develop children’s musicality and stimulate their creativity and corporal expression.

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Socialisation in an environment where the whole group is learning and sharing equally;

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Encourage positive youth participation in the Community, no matter their cultural background;

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Bring multicultural awareness among the group and among the Australian society in general.

There is a plan to offer the workshops on an ongoing basis after implementing the project, and the support of local institutions and the community will be vital. One of the objectives of this pilot project is also to create a background to seek support for the ongoing project.

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4. Stakeholders Carnaval Colours is a collaborative project between H.O.L.A. – Home of Latin Association and the BRMC – Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council, with the valuable support of several organisations.

4.1. Key Organisations 4.1.1. H.O.L.A. – Home of Latin Association Home of Latin Association is a not-for-profit association that emerged from the desire of a group of Latin Americans living in Ballarat to take an active part in the life of the local community. H.O.L.A. members are committed to share experiences, knowledge, culture, and skills with the local community through language, music, dance, food and education. H.O.L.A. was founded in Ballarat in June 2012 and its philosophy is based on a collaborative approach among its members and the community. H.O.L.A.’s vision is to encourage a community where multiculturalism is a positive growth area, a society that embraces and values differences. H.O.L.A.’s mission is to promote the interaction and understanding among several cultures and walks of life seeking harmony and mutual appreciation within the culturally diverse Australian society. 4.1.2. BRMC – Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council (BRMC) is the peak multicultural agency in the Central Highlands Grampians Region (CHGR).

There are 17 Cultural Associations/Groups plus

numerous Individual and Associate members affiliated with BRMC. BRMC’s mission is to work in partnership with other community organisations, Cultural Associations and members to actively promote multiculturalism, cultural diversity and the well being of all migrant communities throughout the Region. BRMC’s purpose is to actively promote and develop goodwill, understanding and harmony within our culturally diverse community of Ballarat and region. BRMC’s vision is to promote a harmonious community, welcoming people from all cultural, religious and social backgrounds.

4.2. Clients 4.2.1. YMCA YMCA offers School Holliday Programs in different locations in Ballarat and has accepted to include our workshops in their program, bearing the craft materials costs. Working with them will allow us to reach more regions of the city even with a reduced number of workshops.

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4.2.2. Primary School One workshop will be held in a Public Primary School in Ballarat and region, and we are prioritising a disadvantaged school. The workshop at the school will be fundamental for the Parade, as these children will be easier to reach after the workshop, being more likely to show up for the Parades.

4.3. Key Personnel 4.3.1. Meire de Mello Growing up in Brazil, South America, Meire de Mello has always been in love with dancing. It was for this reason that she decided graduating in Physical Education and from there she has been a teacher and Fitness Instructor for 15 years. She lived in England, Spain and Russia before landing in Australia, where she found the perfect scenario for her life: a multicultural society, full of all the cultural variety she had come to know and love by living in so many countries, but now all that richness was in one place. Being involved with all kinds of multicultural groups within the Australian society, she has a thirsty for acting in the multicultural awareness’ sake in all sorts of form she can. 4.3.2. Angel Castillo Growing up in Panama, Central America, Angel Castillo has lived and breathed music all of his life. In a culture where young people play instruments rather than sport, and the rhythms and sounds of Latin American music surround you, music flows in Angel’s veins. Self –taught, Angel continues to add to the new rhythms and instruments to his repertoire. Since arriving in Australia in 2005, Angel has played in Melbourne’s top Salsa bands, including “Peligro”, “Las 45”, “Fuego”, “Songsorongo” and “Los del Barrio”, at nightspots in and around Melbourne’s CBD. Now residing in Ballarat, Angel plays with a local band “Los Locos” at many markets, festivals, wineries and private functions throughout the Central Highlands and Bellarine Peninsula. 4.3.3. Volunteers The initial idea is to involve the youth as volunteers of the project, not only giving them the opportunity to volunteer for some work experience, but as mostly as a form of inclusion of the youth in the project. Working on the project will also stimulate their multicultural observance and appreciation, being a teamwork opportunity within a multicultural group of their same age. The obvious idea was then to involve youth organisations of Ballarat in the volunteers recruiting process. This will create a synergic relationship between our organisation and those

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organisations, and will strengthen the process. We are looking to partner with the following key organisations regarding the volunteers’ recruitment: •

City of Ballarat Youth Services (bYou)

Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY)

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We will be recruiting for the following positions within the project: D. Dance activities facilitators (4 volunteers) These facilitators will be trained by Meire de Mello to help during the workshops guiding kids and being extra reference points during choreography training and performance. E. Craft activities facilitators (6 volunteers) These facilitators will be trained to instruct and help kids to build their musical instruments from recycling materials. They may also be invited to come to festivals and instruct kids at stalls. F. Music activities facilitators (3 volunteers) These facilitators will need previous knowledge or interest/ skills in music, especially percussion. They will receive training from Angel Castillo and will be required to instruct the kids at the workshops, as well as to come to the performances and mix with the kids to help keeping them to the rhythm. G. Photograph (2 volunteers) It is desirable to have at least one volunteer with good photograph skills to come to at least one workshop and one performance. The pictures will be our major best way to provide feedback about the project, and it is really important to have someone dedicated to this task. The volunteer(s) will receive a checklist to orientate their work, H. Crowd control (4 volunteers) Some volunteers will be required to help with crowd control, especially during the performances. I.

Stall activities facilitators (4 volunteers)

Some volunteers will be required to keep the stall during the festivals, and to instruct and help kids with the craft activities. These can be the same as the craft activities facilitators or other people that would prefer to be involved only on the stalls.

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5. Costs/ Resources The project costs and resources are presented on Table 1. These are reference values based on quotes, and some funding is not yet confirmed. Table&1:&Incomes&and&Expenditures&prevision&

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6. Planning Initial project’s key dates and milestones are presented on Table 2. Table&2:&Key&dates&and&milestones&

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7. Project Evaluation The success of this project will be gauged through attendance to the workshops as well as to the Festivals. Pictures will be used as proof of the attendance and forms will be given to the kids to be filled at home. Team members will be provided with feedback forms to assist in evaluating the team’s performance and organisational success, as well as providing their own opinion about what improvements would be implemented in future Carnaval Colours’ workshops in order to run the workshops better. The project will be present in social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) as a form of publicity, but will also be used to receive feedbacks and suggestions.

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8. Conclusions This project will promote the interaction between different cultures, especially among children, stimulating the appreciation of the different, encouraging these children to enjoy the advantages of living in a multicultural society. The youth will also be involved and will contribute with the success of the project as well as will learn from it. The broader community will be reached through performances at the Festivals. This project is considered as a pilot one, as there is a desire form our organisation to offer the workshop on an ongoing basis after its implementation. To make it possible, the support of local institutions and the community will be vital, and all the experience and results from this pilot project will give us background to seek this support.

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9. Acknowledgements We would like to acknowledge the BRMC for believing in our ideas and supporting our association. We thank the Victoria Multicultural Commission and the City of Ballarat for the financial support that makes possible to the project to be a reality, and for all the organisations and individuals that are supporting and working with us to make this project possible.

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Project Description Carnaval Colours