These projects centralise children and their world view as the drivers of new, specific works of art.
This means entering into a relationship with a community – whether an Aboriginal sports club, a school or a village in Indonesia – and working from the ground up to co-create a project with the children.
… we brought children’s play back into focus, reconnecting displaced residents in the community with children to explore family relationships and how they play out… It’s enriching for Polyglot, with our artistic practice, to share in rebuilding community spirit through an active, creative experience.
Sue Giles, Minami Sanriku (Japan), 2015
Polyglot Theatre has recognised expertise in using the arts as a powerful tool for enabling social change and supporting community cultural resilience and empowerment. With our Kids Collaboration projects, we engage with communities who have limited access to the arts and are seeking authentic creative engagement for their young people.
This engagement pulls us into areas of new directorial and aesthetic exploration. We use a wide range of artistic modes – including visual art, music, film, animation, construction and design, storytelling and dance, as well as our central focus on play. We focus on the usefulness of art in community settings – how it can build bridges between generations and illustrate the energy and engagement of children through a wide variety of artistic tools.
Investment in independent academic evaluation of our Kids Collaboration projects demonstrates their impact and validates Polyglot’s best-practice approach.
At the centre of these projects is the mechanism of children’s play to connect individuals with their wider community through accessible, equitable practice.
Our cultural exchange projects expand our horizons by giving us the opportunity to explore different art forms, stories and traditions, and connect us with new artists.
These projects offer students room within an ever-increasingly full curriculum to stretch their ideas and develop the confidence to forge their own creative paths.