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About Us

It is our mission to use holistic and multi-disciplinary approaches to facilitate projects that consider and cultivate creativity, culture and community, with an underlying commitment to realising sustainable social and environmental change. 

Kinetic Collective was born in August 2012 as a collaboration between performing artists and community development workers, based in Brisbane, Australia. The founding members consist of Erika Goldsmith, Stephanie Stainlay, Madeleine Boyd and Emily Boyd. Since then we have been joined by Zoe Mitchell and Nisha Bhaga in 2015 and Jackson Frauenfelder, Joshua Wong and Madeline Woolway in 2018. We now function as a collective of highly and diversely skilled project managers, who collaborate, review and evaluate each other’s work.

 

In the beginning…we experimented with dance and movement, developing workshops that allowed participants to experience self-expression, spontaneity, creativity and interaction. Our workshops drew from such disciplines as Dance Movement Therapy, Meditation and Physical Theatre. Facilitating a supportive environment, we encouraged people to develop an embodied sense of self, and increase their body awareness and group awareness. We found that these concepts improved communication, supported relationship development, helped manage stress and anxiety, and promoted self-care. We worked with dance companies, youth and social workers, special needs groups, people with disabilities, foster children, elderly people, culturally diverse groups and more. On a whole this experience told us that these creative experiences, whether there is a performative outcome or not, are important for individuals and communities.

Now…we want to provide these opportunities for as many people as possible. We want to act as an aid organisation that brings creative, joyous, valuable and fun experiences to communities and individuals in need. Basic needs like water, food, shelter, medicine and safety are of course fundamental. But we believe that creativity is too and can play an important role in the delivery of these services and community building. It’s our mission to facilitate projects that consider and cultivate creativity, culture and community.

We are guided by The Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

ARTICLE 19 – Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

ARTICLE 27 – Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.

kinetic

/kɪˈnɛtɪk,kʌɪˈnɛtɪk/

adjective

relating to or resulting from motion​​

- (of a work of art) depending on movement for its effect.