L2R aims to increase the capacity and learning of our young people by joining community development and artistic leadership positions within the organisation in a safe and supported environment.
L2R Pathways Leadership Program, consists of three areas of development within L2R including, the Emerging Artist Committee, a series of training and development opportunities for professional and emerging artists and two new employee roles, the Youth Arts and Community Development Coordinator and the Community Development and Events Coordinator.
In 2018, L2R Dance received funding from the Lord Mayors Charitable Foundation to pilot the L2R Pathways Emerging Artist Program. The pilot was hugely successful, proving to be an integral part of the organisation’s future direction. The pilot demonstrated a need for greater support and investment for experienced participants of L2R, and proved their capacity to take on leadership roles if supported appropriately – thus the L2R Pathways Leadership Program was born.
In 2019, Efren Pamilacan was appointed to the position of Youth Arts and Community Development Coordinator to develop and implement the program with support from the CEO. This year we will place emerging artists in paid internships to foster artistic skills and career aspirations. Our aim is to increase the capacity of young people already connected to L2R to step into community development and artistic leadership positions within L2R, and further their learning in a safe and supported environment.
Hena Memishi will take up the role of Community Development and Events Coordinator, to bring greater artistic direction to our core free dance programs and teaching committee, while developing and building rigour in our fee-for-service stream. L2R is excited to build the L2R Pathways Leadership Program into the future strategy and direction of the organisation, ensuring that our young people have a stronger voice in the design and development of L2R’s programs and outcomes.
L2R Pathways Leadership Program is supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through Plus 1, Gandel Philanthropy, the Besen Family Foundation and over 28 private donors from the broader community who helped get this program off the ground. We are currently still looking for further investment to ensure our leaders can thrive, and are humbled by the ongoing support we continue to receive, and look forward to sharing uber outcomes throughout 2019.
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Footscray Community Arts Centre