Cirkidz has a long tradition of social and community outreach programs, stemming from our foundation as a creative outlet for disadvantaged young people in the inner-west.
Cirkidz community methodology is based on Reg Bolton’s 2004 PhD (Murdoch Uni) ‘Why Circus Works.’ Cirkidz framework led by Artistic Director Josh Hoare uses ‘circus as a vehicle’ for creating immediate and embodied experiences of strength, self-design, courage and risk taking, team work, goal setting and fun. Circus has a long history and enormous capacity to build social fabric by re-engaging participants with their goals and community.
Currently Cirkidz has two major community partnerships underway:
Artist In Residency - Ocean View College
This opportunity is a joint venture between Cirkidz Inc and Ocean View College B-12. Targeting school years 4 – 7 (ages are 9 – 12), this project uses circus training to build confidence and re-engage students academically, by using research data collected for Cirkidz CEP:AIR 2014 project research partners Uni SA (School of Health Sciences) on effective use of Circus to re-engage students in learning processes. Cirkidz will also be working with teachers to develop kinaesthetic learning techniques and develop an inter-school 'Performance Troupe' to work towards a performance outcome.
The current project builds on the learning outcomes of CEP:AIR 2014 with Wandana and Para Vista Primary Schools to strengthen the opportunity for students and teachers. Cirkidz focus is to use the creativity and physicality of circus arts to improve the confidence of students and improve their academic engagement.
Students will experience embodied learning about goal setting and sequential skill acquisition that becomes applicable in other domains, the ability to use structured creativity, and both autonomous and group-based learning. Teachers will learn similar skills and how to impart them but the school will also receive for future use a catered teachers’ pack of methods to integrate whole body learning into academic work. By projects end, Cirkidz and Ocean View College with its research partner Uni SA will have collected and written up empirical data collected from the project and collated qualitative data to inform case studies and models for working with schools and students beyond the current study.
Give It A Go - Circus GIG - Playford Communities For Children Plus Anglicare SA
Our partner, Anglicare SA, is the Facilitating Partner for the Playford Communities for Children Plus. Communities for Children Plus is an Australian Government Initiative funded by Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA).
Give It A Go Initiative is one of seven activities within the Play and Learn Strategy, and was developed as part of the Community Strategic Plan. This strategy will
· Provide access to high quality affordable early learning experiences in the years before school
· Early identification and support for children at risk of developmental and behavioural problems
· Assist parents with ways they can stimulate and promote child development
Give It a Go! is an after hours activity that will provide opportunities for children 8 – 12 years to participate in activities after school at ‘the Platform’ and during the school holiday periods at various locations focusing on the suburbs; Elizabeth, Elizabeth Downs, Elizabeth East, Elizabeth North, Elizabeth Park, Elizabeth West and Elizabeth Grove. This activity is designed to engage children who are not currently participating in traditional sporting programs, recreation and leisure activities or Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) services.
Circus is a vehicle for reaching out to disengaged, disenfranchised and disadvantaged members of the community. Circus GIG provides a structured family activity. Workshops will include tasks that ignite awareness and expression. Task-based improvisations and games are an important part of the process.
Circus GIG will provide an opportunity to use social circus as a way for families and young people to reconnect through (literally) relying on each other, working together, goal setting and problem solving. It will provide children and their families with the opportunity to find new means of expression through arts activities that are relevant to them and which excite them. The aim is for children and their families to build their strength, fitness, coordination and self-confidence through learning basic circus skills.