Frankston City’s arts community is putting its incredible creativity to good use ─ finding new ways to engage and entertain people in their own homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Frankston City Council Mayor Sandra Mayer said this was a tribute to the strength, resilience and dedication of arts and events staff.
“The arts and events industries are always there to provide respite in a crisis, and now the pandemic has delivered them a crisis of their own,” Cr Mayer said. “Rather than letting the curtain fall when the doors closed, our amazing creatives are continuing to bring brightness to the lives of our residents – and we are so grateful.”
Cr Mayer said the arts and culture team had also adapted to help deliver essential services amid the pandemic. “Our last ordinary council meeting on March 30 was held at the Frankston Arts Centre and I’d like to extend my thanks to the team for going above and beyond to make this happen.”
At this stage FAC is closed, but online the show goes on. Staff are hosting virtual art tours of current exhibitions and online competitions. The same is true of Frankston City Libraries, whose staff quickly converted their popular Storytime events so they could be live-streamed on Facebook. Since the virtual Storytimes began, more than 1000 people have enjoyed reading along with Frankston’s favourite storytellers, with many posting their thanks.
“Jumping online so your little ones can sing, dance and read along is the perfect way for you to all have fun and connect with the community,” Cr Mayer said.
Residents can also use the Frankston City Libraries website to access a range of e-books and audiobooks online through platforms including BorrowBox, CloudLibrary and RBDigital.
On the events front, this year’s Events Forum will be held online at 7pm on Tuesday, May 5.
Last year’s event was a great success, with many event organisers and stallholders taking the opportunity to ask questions. Everyone is welcome to attend via the council’s website and Facebook page.
Here’s how you can connect with the Frankston City arts community:
FRANKSTON ARTS CENTRE
FRANKSTON CITY LIBRARIES
FB (for details about joining the Events Forum, the topics to be discussed or to submit questions): frankstonevents
Meanwhile, the Australia Council has announced its 2020 Resilience Fund of about $5 million for artists and arts organisations to support their livelihoods, practice and operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit www.australiacouncil.gov.au/funding/funding-index/2020-resilience-fund/