Acknowledgment of country

Polyglot acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we live and create, and we pay our respects to Elders past and present. For more than 65,000 years, children and families have created and played here, and we are grateful to make our art on this country too.

11 Nov 2023 E-News

Polyglot’s November e-news

A Sticky Maze production photo. A child in a pink dress runs along a wall of sticky tape covered in hundreds of small pieces of paper. They are smiling widely and their long hair fans out behind them. Photographer: Sarah Walker

Give the gift of PLAY

Polyglot is driven by the right of all children to experience growth and resilience through creative play and to be captivated by the arts.

Play and participation in the arts strengthens childrens’ capacity, from their mental health to school engagement, creative thinking, their social connection and sense of belonging, confidence and literacy. In 2023, more than 25,000 children and families have been able to participate in Polyglot’s work for free; 83% of our annual audience so far.

28 November is Giving Tuesday: ‘a movement that unleashes the power of radical generosity around the world.’ Everything that we create, do and achieve at Polyglot is only possible with a whole community of supporters. And we’d love to welcome more. Hopefully you!

This Giving Tuesday, give the gift of PLAY with a donation that works for you: $5, $25, $100. With a tax-deductible gift anywhere between $2-$249, you will become a Playmaker donor, support Polyglot AND make play possible.

Kids Collaborations

With our Kids Collaborations, Polyglot develops deep, trusting relationships with communities who often have limited access to the arts, and seek authentic creative engagement for their young people.

BLOOM is our Term 4 residency at Coburg Special Developmental School, celebrating the growth and change the school is experiencing as they move to a bigger campus. Every Thursday and Friday, Polyglot artists spend time in classrooms with students and educators, creating and playing. Together we are working towards an art and performance installation that will be shared with the school community at the end of the year. Coburg SDS was integral in the creative development of When the World Turns, and it’s wonderful to see our relationship continue to bloom.
Us. Here. Now. our two-year partnership with The Venny, has officially begun, with play sessions on Mondays, and a creative exchange and development day with Polyglot artists and playworkers from The Venny. The creativity of the young people of Kensington, Flemington and North Melbourne are at the very heart of Us. Here. Now. and the project builds on the connections formed during our Pram People development.

Children’s Voices: Now and Forever

In early October, Polyglot was very proud to be part of the Now and Forever gig in Shepparton Yorta Yorta Woka in support of the YES vote. Working alongside Rumbalara Football Netball Club, Kaiela Arts, and students from ASHE, we set up a Kid’s Space to promote children’s voices and creativity. Hundreds of kids and families joined us throughout the day, and we loved seeing the children’s signs and creations in the crowd. We offer an enormous thank you to everyone involved in this incredible community event.

Photographer: Amy De Paola

Children’s Week

On Saturday 21 October, we shared Ants at Melbourne Zoo as part of the annual Association for Children with Disability (ACD) and Zoos Victoria Dream Day. This is a fun, free Children’s Week event that sees Melbourne Zoo open exclusively for children with disability and their families to enjoy and explore. Polyglot and ACD have been nurturing a relationship for many years, and we are honoured to have been part of their flagship event.

The following day, our Bees flew to Werribee for the Wyndham City Children’s Week Picnic, one of the biggest and most-loved free outdoor family events in the west. Polyglot has been part of the program since 2017, and we were delighted to return, buzzing and humming on the lawn.

Thank you

Us. Here. Now. is supported by the City of Melbourne through the Arts and Creative Investment Partnership fund.

Logo: City of Melbourne