Gut wrenching news: Qld’s only female performing arts company loses core funding for 2014

Yesterday, I received the news of Vulcana Women’s Circus not receiving the core fund for 2014 had made me felt physically sick.    Prior to finding out about the result of the core fund, I received the news that Access Arts received the fund successfully so I went to Arts Queensland website to view the announcement with hope that Vulcana was one of the 34 organisations that had received the funding.  Unfortunately they didn’t and I was physically feeling sick.  It was so gut wrenching that I could not cope well at work.

Why?  I joined Vulcana Women’s Circus in 2011 and I fell inlove with the work the women do to sustain a community organisation.  Vulcana Women’s Circus has provide the space for us women to learn, train and develop skills – not just circus arts, but self-esteem, understanding how the body works and interacting with other women in a safe and diverse space.   I also gain the opportunity to do a traineeship with Vulcana so I can become a trainer in the near future.  Without the funding or the resource, it may not be possible in 2014.

We need all the help we can get to sustain Vulcana Women’s Circus so the women can continue empowering other women through circus.

From General Manager, Kitty Carra of Vulcana Women’s Circus

It is with great sadness that I pass on the news that Queensland’s only all female performing arts company, Vulcana Women’s Circus, based at the Brisbane Powerhouse, has had news that it will not receive core funding for 2014.

This is devastating for the 30 women that form part of the training and program delivery and seriously jeopardises the viability of this seventeen year old Queensland arts company. 

Vulcana has supported hundreds of female artists throughout their training, learning and development as professional performers and is the only studio that provides safe, inclusive and empowerment based women and girl specific physical programming. 

Our community and project work targets members of marginalised communities including adults and children with disabilities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, the Qld Deaf Community and women who have experienced domestic violence.

We will not go down without a struggle and are asking you, as part of the Vulcana community, to join with us in galvanising our community to raise funds and find support where ever it may be.

Please see the attached media release and also details of where and how people can help. We hope that we can count on you all to join with us in saving this gentle and precious organisation.

Please call or email with help and suggestions!

Media Release: Media Release 1 Nov

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