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This page will help you in your role as Art Contact. We expect that other Qs 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 Campaign


In 2018-2019, we’re hosting an Art Campaign that gathers artworks from our 12 clubs culminating in an exhibition in 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 Campaign to gather more people who can support and get involved with Jesus Club. Read About Art Campaign to learn more.

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Timeline


2018-2019: Our 12 clubs will create artworks during the fortnightly Jesus Club program.

Later in 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 a central Sydney location and open to the public. Members will also attend and personally showcase their artworks.

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Theme


The theme is New Creation, which has a double meaning. First, by making artworks Members are making new creations. Second, New Creation refers to the Bible verse from 2 Corinthians 5:17, "Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has gone, behold the new has come!". One of the Jesus Club Values is that people’s disabilities are an aspect of their lives but do not define their identity. Members' true identity is being new creations in Christ.

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The Art Contact Role



Your Role


Each Art Contact will be matched with a club. Your primary role is to be alongside your club as they produce artworks. You will be the main contact for Club Coordinators and Leaders for ideas, questions and logistics.

In practice, you'll be expected to:
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


In 2018

  • Read material at About Art Campaign, For Clubs and Art Ideas.
  • Visit the Club and present the idea of the Art Campaign. This will involve showing a video about the Art Campaign and letting the Leaders know you are available if they need support. Contact your club's Coordinator to arrange this visit.

From now until the exhibition in 2019:
  • Visit your club at least once to:
    A) Collect stories about the Members
    B) Take photos of them making artworks. 
  • Depending on how much assistance your club would like from you, you might also:
    A) Meet with Leaders to discuss art ideas
    B) Run an art-making session with your club's Members
    C) Carry out another idea you may have.

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Other Information



Contacting the Coordinator

Firstly, we recommend you contact the Coordinator for your assigned club to introduce yourself as their Art Contact and work out how much involvement they want you to have with their Club for the Art Campaign.

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Introduction at Clubs

  • Clubs will be formally introduced to the Art Campaign through a personal visit by the Art Contact. Contact the Coordinator of the Club and work out a day and time and suits you both to meet and present the idea of the Art Campaign to the Club’s Leaders. A suggested agenda for the meeting with Leaders includes:

    1. Introduce yourself as the Art Contact for the Club and say something about your background and experience (i.e. your experience with art or why you’re passionate about helping them).

    2. Play the Art Campaign video.

    Note: There is a separate video for Leaders to play for Members here.

    3. Make yourself available to answer any questions that the Leaders may have.

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Photos and Stories

A big part of promoting the Art Campaign will be a website showcasing some of the Art Works, accompanied by stories of the artist. As the Art Contact your job is to visit the Club at least once while they’re creating artworks, collect photos of Members making the artworks, and interview them or collect stories about them.

Photos – take photos of Members making artworks (provided they have given permission).

Stories – speak to Members 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 our website.

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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 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’s important that Members are aware of and consent to their involvement in the Art Campaign. Speak to your Coordinator about how to distribute and collect completed permission slips from Members. 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 Creation” to complement the making of artworks. This will help Members to learn about God’s plan for the new creation as they participate in the Art Campaign. There’s nothing you need to do for this, it will be up to the Coordinator to decide if they wish to use the Lesson Series.

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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 Mel Fung at mel@jesusclub.org.au.

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