Stronger together - art inspires a generation

Lorne is a seaside town on Louttit Bay in Victoria, Australia situated about the Erskine River and is a popular destination on the Great Ocean Road tourist route. Last year Lorne Community Arts & Culture Foundation (LCACF) received a grant of $4,400 through FRRR as part of Community Philanthropy Partnerships Week (CPPW) to create a ‘Stronger together – art inspires a generation’ film to demonstrate the value of philanthropy in the Lorne community.

CPPW is a three-year initiative to celebrate how partnerships between grass-roots community groups and philanthropy can help build strong and vibrant places to live and work. Peter Spring, Chairman of LCACF reports that they have many partnerships including the Surf Coast Shire where their goal is to help improve the wellbeing of its community through facilitation of arts experiences.

“Small communities need something that provides some glue in the community in the terms of experience and exposure to new ideas and the arts is that glue that brings the community together.”

“Through the film we show how powerful and meaningful support can be. Whether it’s two-hours in volunteer time, $100 or a room in their small B&B, the LCACF could not deliver creative and inspiring cultural projects to the community without the support of the community itself,” said Mr Spring.

Community connections

The film contains passionate interviews with supporters and recipients of the work of LCACF such as local school children like Ebony Delima of Lorne-Aireys Inlet School where she explains that the Lorne Performing Arts Festival “brings together young people, old people and is just a fun thing to do.”

The Principal, Karen Biggelaar, of the school talks about the significance the partnership has had on the students.

“It is wonderful to see students discover new passions and pathways due to the experiences they have had through the performing Arts festival,” said Ms Biggelaar.

The film was launched and promoted during #CPPWeek via a screening event for partners and stakeholders. LCACF also put on a free afternoon tea at the Lorne Bowls Club as part of the celebrations.

“The grant is continuing to assist in forming new partnerships as the film is being shown at a variety of committee meetings, local events, and online. The film has certainly changed the perceptions about arts philanthropy and we are seeing increased interest in our programs.”

“Through this experience we have learnt that there is a real community need to celebrate philanthropy and volunteering in Lorne. There are many people doing great work and it is wonderful to celebrate our ‘Local Lorne Heroes’ both in film and at the CPPW community event. We have gained so much goodwill it only seems natural to want to celebrate CPPW into the future,” said Mr Spring.

Watch this inspiring film and get a deeper appreciation of the impact when community partners with philanthropy - achieving more together.

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