From the Chair

'On behalf of the Ulumbarra Foundation we would like to thank our donors for their contributions this season'

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

2019 Annual General Meeting

After a power blackout at the Capital, we departed from our usual tradition and held our 2019 Annual General Meeting on 21 November at the Rifle Brigade Hotel, with all our Board members in attendance. It has been a busy year, but one filled with the satisfaction of making an impact in many lives. Read more about our activities in the Annual Report which is now available to download here. Thank you to our volunteer Board members, Executive Officer David Stretch and the staff at Bendigo Venues and Events who support our administration.
Ulumbarra Foundation recently enabled Bendigo's Choice Voices Choir members to attend a performance by Kimberley Echoes.  We loved receiving this message from John Willis at Golden City Support Services...
"Choice Voices Choir members had a great experience. They saw and heard music that they would not have had the opportunity to experience before. Their powerful performance ranged across music styles with virtuosic performers. The stories and context for the music provided a terrific way in to appreciating the work. All of our group were drawn in and engaged by the music. For one of our choir members in particular this was a special experience. He has been attending choir over the last year or so. He has limited physical mobility, very little functional speech and has constant one to one support. Singing and music has drawn him more and more out of himself, and more recently he has increased his use of language. He clearly has a passion for music and at the concert on Friday he was in his element. I don’t know how often he gets out to performances. I expect very infrequently. The worker supporting him could see another level of involvement and appreciation of the music and especially wanted to pass on thanks for the opportunity to experience this. This is why we love music and why we are so grateful to musicians for creating it. The chance to experience music being played live at concerts is so valuable because of the direct communication and energy that cannot be replaced by recordings and listening at a remove.

Thank you again for creating this opportunity for our choir members."

John Willis: Acting Manager Outcomes and Practice - Golden City Support Services 
'Tis the Season of Giving

If you're looking for a meaningful gift idea that really celebrates the spirit of Christmas, a donation to the Ulumbarra Foundation is the gift that keeps on giving. A donation made in your name or on behalf of a loved one can:

  • Take a child to his or her first ever concert
  • Allow a disadvantaged family to enjoy a show
  • Inspire a student to perform with Opera Australia or the MSO
  • Bring a rural school to Bendigo to enjoy quality children's theatre
  • Help a local group to put on a show or develop their skills

There are a range of giving options available and the immersive nature of our giving program means you become part of the Ulumbarra Foundation family. Click here to visit our secure online donation portal or phone 4408 6512 for personal assistance.

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