Social Connection

Kickstart Arts is about connections and relationships.

We are consciously creating a place that is friendly and accepting where people can trust they will be treated with respect and kindness.

Friendly Music

Our music events are inclusive and friendly.

Entry is by donation.  If you cannot afford to pay you can still attend.

They are family friendly and not alcohol focused.

You can dance. There is delicious food.

There are comfortable places to just sit and listen.

There is a profound sense of joy at these events. 

Kids having fun at Kickstart Arts music event
Tango Dancing at Kickstart Arts

Workshops

Creative workshops are wonderful for getting together with like-minded people and learning a new skill.

 

They are really social occasions where the focus is on doing creative things together and getting to know new people happens along the way.

Happy people weaving baskets at Kickstart Arts

Art as Emotional Education

Understanding the personal stories of other people and developing trust to share your own is a profound process. It takes time.

The Happiness Project ran in 8 communities across Tasmania, 1,879 people explored their own values and their ideas and feelings about the true nature of happiness through making 69 short films that were seen by an audience of 11,311 people (and counting..)

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The Cygnet Stories part of the project took place in 2014, offering unique opportunities for young people to learn collaboration and teamwork skills, to explore values such as generosity and courage, learn new things about each other, develop new relationships and gain a new perspective about what was important to themselves and to their class mates.

 

Each workshop session started with a group check in; a circle where they could share their news and how they felt. This became normalised through repetition, growing from engendering nervousness to a sense of greater understanding and confidence as the project progressed.

 

By the end, participants shared their stories with the rest of the community in a public screening event to great acclaim.

The Evidence

Research shows that if we have positive social and family connections, we are generally healthier and happier. 

 

Feeling lonely is becoming more common in societies across the world. Participating in community focused creative activities is a great way of overcoming loneliness.

International Arts + Mind Lab (IAM Lab) / Johns Hopkins Medicine (USA)

Website: The Arts Can Liberate Us from Loneliness

Baring Foundation (UK)

PDF: Tackling loneliness in old age - The Role of the Arts.

Arts Equal (FIN)

PDF: Art prevents loneliness

A collection of research findings about the effectiveness of singing in combating loneliness for older people:  

PubMed.Gov (USA)

Website: Effectiveness & Cost-Effectiveness of Community Singing on Mental Health-Related Quality of Life of Older People: Randomised Controlled Trial

Being lonely seems to carry a stigma, yet most people feel lonely at times:

Psychology Today (USA)

Website: Accepting Loneliness

Loneliness is proving to be more than just part of the human condition. New research shows it’s a serious public health problem, for young people as much as the elderly:

Vichealth.Vic.Gov.Au (AUS) 

Website: Loneliness - a new public health challenge emerges

The Foundation for Art and Healing: The UnLonely Project - How creative expression is helping to address this public health crisis (USA) 

Website: Why The UnLonely Project and Why Now?

HeadtoHealth.Gov.Au (AUS)

Website: Connectedness

 

More than 80 per cent of Australians believe our society is becoming a lonelier place, according to survey results: 

Lifeline (AUS)

Website: 82 per Cent of Australians Say Loneliness is Increasing 

Network Weaving

A few examples of local programs that might suit you.

Hobart City Council - Mathers House: offering programs and activities for older people.

Website: Mathers House

Hobart City Council - Youth Arts and Recreation Centre (YARC): a creative, exciting, safe and engaging space for all young people aged 12 – 25. It’s a great place to meet up with friends, get involved in an art, music or recreation workshop, use the facilities, check out an art exhibition or see a music gig. Best of all most things are free!

Website: Youth Arts and Recreation Centre (YARC)

Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania (MRC Tas) provides targeted and meaningful services to meet the needs of migrants, humanitarian entrants and refugees living in Tasmania

Website: Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania (MRC Tas)

Mates4Mates offer services for veterans: opportunities for meaningful connections with other veterans and families.

Website: Mates4Mates Social Connection Activities

 

Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania: Neighbourhood Houses are places where people come together and find support, belonging and purpose as they work together to support their local community and make a real difference in people's lives.

Website: Neighbourhood Houses in Tasmania.

The Kickstart Arts Centre is reopening according to government COVID-19 guidelines.

All advertised events and activities are subject to these guidelines and may be cancelled at any time.

Please Contact Us for more info or check our Facebook Page for current information.

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