DescriptionCreativity Australia inspires people to find their voice!
Creativity Australia is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2008 by award-winning Australian social entrepreneur Tania de Jong AM. Creativity Australia inspires people to find their voice. The organisation uses creative programs that result in positive social and economic outcomes for individuals, organisations and communities.
Creativity Australia’s acclaimed With One Voice choir social inclusion and community wellbeing programs aim to recognise each unique voice. The choir programs are unique in that they deliberately build and bridge social capital. They bring together people of all ages and from all walks of life, cutting across socioeconomic, cultural, religious, generational and linguistic barriers in the pursuit of harmony.
The program deliberately brings together migrants, the unemployed, those with disabilities and disadvantage, and general citizens and workers seeking to unlock their creative potential and make a difference. The programs build bridges of understanding across all areas of society... from asylum seekers to CEOs of organisations.
The choirs provide important opportunities to develop networks for friendship, belonging and employment. Participants develop leadership potential, build self esteem, communication and creative skills. They also learn how to work as a team. When many diverse voices come together as "one voice" on a regular basis, the outcomes are transformational. This has already led to members gaining employment through improved self esteem, contacts and skills developed through the programs.
In just over three years fifteen With One Voice choir programs have been developed involving hundreds of participants in Victoria, NSW and ACT. These diversity choirs have in turn reached out to thousands of people with their moving stories and inspirational performances.
Creativity Australia is now developing a 'how to guide' online gateway - a major research project and a national distribution plan to enable communities from all over Australia and internationally to develop and experience the benefits of these innovative social inclusion programs.
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