MEDIA RELEASE: 1 November 2013
Vulcana Women’s Circus has lost funding in the latest round of funding allocations for arts companies in Queensland.
“We are shocked at the news,” said the arts company’s General Manager Kitty Carra today.
“We employ over twenty female trainers and support hundreds of women a year in their journey towards wellbeing, empowerment and arts employment. The news that the Government will not support us in 2014 is devastating.”
“Our funding priorities for 2014 include our Circus Anywhere Program, our ongoing work with disadvantaged youth, women in the deaf community and our ongoing Circus Dreaming program. This work is important and must continue.”
Vulcana Women’s Circus has been a part of the Queensland arts scene for over fifteen years moving from West End to New Farm when the Powerhouse opened. A place to train, learn, share and perfect skills, Vulcana has been a home and a haven to many of Queensland’s most well known female acts and circus performers.
“As anyone who has ever attended one of our classes, worked with any of our trainers or seen one of our shows knows, Vulcana is special, something rare and precious, something to be valued. Something to be nurtured.” said Ms Carra.
Celia White, artistic director of the circus, is calling on the community to step up to keep this incredible organisation going.
“Vulcana is like home. We need you all now. We need to your love, your ideas and your support. Women matter. Women’s spaces matter. And when women work together something extraordinary is created.”
Vulcana has launched an emergency online fundraising strategy and people can donate here. Supporters are also invited to call, visit, email and join in the strategising.
“The function of art is to do more than tell it like it is – it’s to imagine what is possible.” ― Bell Hooks
For more information contact: Kitty Carra 0409 548 892 or Celia White 0403 801 068
Read the ArtsHub article here…