It is with great pride that I reflect on the impact of the work the Ulumbarra Foundation has made possible with the support of our generous donors and partners.
The Ulumbarra Foundation Board and its committees have provided world class performing arts experiences to disadvantaged community members. We have seen pre-schoolers from migrant and refugee families transfixed in wonder at cushion concerts and circus performances; the elderly and infirm in sheer delight at Morning Music concerts; and countless primary and secondary students immersed in dance, drama and music performance and workshops provided by our Foundation.
In recent times Ulumbarra Foundation has funded a part-time Education and Engagement Officer to work with the City of Greater Bendigo. As a direct result, local and regional students have had the opportunity to attend workshops and performances with national touring companies, as well as Bendigo’s resident theatre company for young people – Arena.
Due to the success of this program the Ulumbarra Foundation, in conjunction with the City of Greater Bendigo, has agreed to fund this position for a further three years, with an expanded number of hours allocated to this important role.
Our Performing Art Power up Grants Program has funded nine local performing arts organisations in the last year, giving local people the opportunity to excel and achieve greater reach and results. Literally thousands of performing arts practitioners and audiences have benefited from this program in its first year alone.
In an exciting development for our organisation, a close partnership with the Bendigo Health Foundation has evolved as these two wonderful charities explore opportunities for collaboration and shared objectives in the field of arts and health.
On a personal note, I wish you all very safe and happy Christmas season and look forward to seeing you at a theatre in the new year!
Gordon McKern, OAM