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For Art Contacts





This page will help you in your role as Art Contact. We expect that other questions will arise and so Issy O'Keeffe will available to help you. 





About the Art Campaign
What is Jesus Club
What is the Art Campaign
Timeline
Theme

The Art Contact Role
Your Role  
To-Do Checklist

Other Information
Contacting the Coordinator
Introduction at Clubs
Photos and Stories
Running a Workshop
Permission Letter
Lesson Series
Other Logistics





About the Art Campaign



What is Jesus Club


Jesus Club is a ministry that aims to make the love of Jesus known to adults with intellectual disabilities. Our fortnightly 2-hour program runs at 12 churches across Sydney. Visit About Jesus Club.

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What is the Art Show?


In 2019, we’re hosting an Art Show that will gather artworks from our 12 clubs culminating in an exhibition in October 2019. This will be a fun way for our members to showcase their talent to their friends, family and the general public. We’re also using the Art Show to gather more people who can support and get involved with Jesus Club. Read more about the Art Show here: About Art Show.

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Timeline


Early-mid 2019: In terms 1 and 2 of 2019, our 12 clubs will create artworks during the fortnightly Jesus Club program.

October 2019: Artworks and stories about the artists will be displayed on a website shared with as many people as possible. A day-long exhibition will be held in Northbridge and will be open to the public. Members will also attend and personally showcase their artworks. More information about this will be made available closer to the event.

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Theme


The theme is New Life/New Creation. This theme will be explored in the clubs in a number of ways. Some clubs will be using lessons that have been written on New Life, but others may explore this theme in their own ways. The clubs and members are able to explore and interpret this theme in ways that will be suitable to their own location.

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The Art Contact Role



Your Role


Each Art Contact will be matched with a club. Your primary role is to work alongside your club as they produce art works. Some clubs may work more independently and require little in the way of guidance with ideas, art media and supplies, etc. However, some clubs may appreciate some more direction on these issues. 

Your role as Art Contact might include some of the following elements:

1) Visit your club in person and present the idea of the Art Campaign to the Leaders (basically, play a video about the Art Campaign & introduce yourself as their Art Contact).
2) Keep an eye on your club, making sure they produce a set of artworks by June 2019. Clubs may want to do this on their own or may want some assistance from you.
3) Visit the club at least once while they are making artworks and gather stories and photos of the members.

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To-Do Checklist


  • Make contact with your club and discuss with the coordinator what might be helpful for you in supporting the members to make their artworks.

Visit your club while the members are making artworks to collect stories from the members and take photos of the artworks in progress.
 

Depending on how much assistance your club requires, you could meet with the coordinator and/or leaders to discuss ideas, you could run an art workshop with the leaders from your club to give them ideas on media and techniques, or discuss with the coordinator anything else that might be helpful.




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Other Information

The coordinators will already be familiar with the concept of the Art Show by the time you make contact with them but it might still be new to the leaders. If this is the case, you can show the Art Show video to the leaders when you meet with them.







Photos and Stories

We would love to collect photos and stories of the members as they are creating their artworks. When you visit the clubs, it would be great if you are able to collect: 

Photos – photos of members creating artworks (provided they have given permission) will be a great accompaniment to the artworks themselves.

Stories – speak to members as they make their artworks and and jot down notes about them personally, for example, what they do during the week, what their hobbies are, what they’ve learnt about Jesus and ask them to say something about their artwork. You can jot these down in note form and our writer will transform your notes into a story format for the purposes of the Art Show.

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Running a Workshop

Some clubs may like to have assistance with making artworks. One idea is to run an art-making workshop during their program time. We suggest you work out with the club coordinator the logistics of this. Some things to discuss with the coordinators are:

• Who buys the art materials?

• Will the workshop run over one week or several weeks?

Note: Coordinators already have their hands full running the fortnightly program. We recommend that you handle the bulk of running the workshop, including sourcing materials, providing instructions to members, running the logistics etc.

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Permission Letter

It is important that members are aware of and consent to their involvement in the Art Show. Speak to your coordinator about how to distribute and collect completed permission slips from members. You can find the permission letters here in PDF and Word form: Letter to Members (PDF), Letter to Members (Word).

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Lesson Series

It will be suggested to clubs that they can use the lesson series on the topic of “New Life/New Creation” to complement the making of artworks. Some clubs will choose to do this, however, other clubs may have a different approach to the topic. Either is fine. 

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Other Logistics

Each club and Art Contact will work out how best to work together. There are likely to be questions that you have. Never hesitate to contact Issy O’Keeffe to talk these through.

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Contact Us


• Remember you are not alone! For any questions, contact our Art Coordinator, Issy O’Keeffe at issy.okeeffe@gmail.com or you can contact our office at office@jesusclub.org.au

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