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Council community grant helps to raise awareness of family violence

Published on 13 November 2017
  • Arts and culture
  • Community
  • Grants

A local theatre production that portrays the issue of family violence was among 66 Maroondah initiatives to benefit from more than $140,000 in grants to help fund important local projects.

Fresh Theatre for Social Change was the recipient of a $5000 Arts and Culture Grant for its development and performance of Thirty-Nine, which aims to explore the violence hidden in everyday life.

Deputy Mayor Councillor Nora Lamont said Council is proud to have supported Fresh Theatre in its production of Thirty-Nine, which brings awareness of family violence as an important social issue through the medium of theatre.

Thirty-Nine features 39 scenes representing the 39 per cent of homicides in Australia that result from family violence.

“Fresh Theatre exists to make a lasting difference to young people and has shown to have had a profound impact on the lives of many,” Cr Lamont said.

“These types of grants are just one way Council is helping to create stronger, more resilient communities,” Lamont said.

Founded in 2002, Fresh began as a youth theatre in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs specifically aimed at supporting young people in difficult life circumstances and personal crisis.

Bayswater Fresh Youth Theatre manager Carly Cassidy said the funding was gratefully received and helped to fulfil the objectives of its program – to develop resilience, empowerment, personal growth, positive self-esteem and a sense of belonging among young people.

“The grant was for the young adult theatre and their recent season of Thirty-Nine – a brilliant play on the topic of family violence. This was performed at the ArtSpace at Realm. 

The grant was provided through Maroondah City Council’s 2016-17 Community Grants Funding Program.

Grants are allocated to eligible projects that increase community participation; address a community need; provide advice or support to a group in need; or that support the development of arts and cultural content in Maroondah.

Read more about Maroondah’s Community Grants Scheme

Applications for the 2018-19 funding round will open in March 2018.

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