Welcome back to the CHYA blog! Today’s blog will be talking all about the Creative Collective and how to get involved with these talented young artists.

The Creative Collective program started up in 2015. CHYA had recognized that while their content was aimed at young people, it was being written by people who were not within their target age bracket and they realised that there was an obvious solution. Why not have young people take the lead? I mean, really, who knows young people better than young people themselves? With that in mind, CHYA created the Creative Collective, a group of six young people aged between 13 and 25, each with their own individual skills to bring to the overall team.

In 2017 CHYA have so far employed interns in the following disciplines:

  • Theatre,
  • Visual Arts, and
  • Music

Over 2015 the Collective worked on a number of projects, from a 24-hour writing, design and film competition to Lumos, an interactive art display at the Geelong After Dark festival. To cap the year off and finish with a bang, the Collective designed an event to showcase their talents: Voicebox. A multidisciplinary performance that incorporated each of the Collective members’ skills, Voicebox was held down at the Geelong Waterfront precinct. Voicebox was a roving experience which delighted viewers.

In 2016, after the success of the 2015 Collective, CHYA continued the program. This time around, however, the team was a bit smaller; instead of six interns, the Collective had four members. Streamlining the specialist areas, the 2016 Collective team focused on Writing, Dance, Visual Arts and Theatre. However, even with two less interns than the year before, the interns provided the CHYA with outstanding content for 2016!

So, what do you think of the Creative Collective?

Do you think it’s a good idea to have young people creating content for young people?

Would you like to be a part of the 2017 Creative Collective?  We would love to hear from you!

If you’re interested in undertaking an internship at CHYA, applications are now open.