RISE (Refugees, Survivors and Ex-Detainees) is thrilled to announce that our Arts Director has been offered a unique opportunity to receive mentorship at the International Community Arts Festival (ICAF) in the Netherlands from January ? 02 April 2017. In order for our Arts Director to participate in this important event however, we need your help.

RISE is a not-for-profit organisation that relies almost entirely on public donations. At this current stage our Arts portfolio receives no funding and we rely heavily on the hard work of volunteers. This invitation to attend an international community arts festival is rare and we can only do so with your help.

We have 3 weeks to raise $2500 to cover part ofthe cost of a return air-fare to the Netherlands. Are you able to help make this happen?

Why is our Arts Portfolio important?

Our Arts portfolio has played a critical role in the lives of our members and provides vital opportunities for our members to develop their capacity and means for creative self-expression, while also addressing the social isolation and marginalisation that many in our communities experience. Through our projects, participants gain experience in various forms of the arts (e.g. through our Hip Hop program, the Forum Theatre project, Film-Making Workshops and more) and at all stages of development, from concept building, production, presentation, curating and through to promotion and publicity.

Why is our participation in the International Community Arts Festival important?

The International Community Arts Festival is a highly acclaimed event that brings together leading pioneers in community art from all around the world. Participating in this festival means our Arts Director is able to:

? Ensure RISE is actively represented in global conversations around refugees and asylum seeker
? Allow RISE to seek and develop partnerships with community arts organisations in Europe and from around the world
? Deliver Masterclass? at the festival for practitioners on community arts practice
? Hold skill-sharing workshops with RISE members to impart experience and lessons learned

The RISE Arts Director, Tania Ca?as, has been playing an instrumental role in the development of the RISE Arts portfolio. For more information about Tania, please see here.

Big or small, we would truly appreciate your contribution. Please help RISE to be part of this global conversation to challenge, develop, improve and continue to deliver community-based arts programing at RISE Refugee.

Please make a donation and leave a message as ?RISE Arts? : here