Donna | Eight Mile Plains
"I have worked at Multicap for the past four years. My favourite part of my job is seeing joy through movement and creating themes, and the progress in customers' performance and movement range over time.
"I love teaching Dance as it's my passion. It amazes me how therapeutic dance is for the mind and body. Movement is our communication and a way of expression.
"More people should get into the creative arts as it is the core of life. Working within the creative arts I see so many customers become more confident in themselves with who they are and what they can achieve.
"The Creative Dance team at Eight Mile Plains worked on a performance for the Holi Festival in February 2021. They learned Bollywood movements that they named themselves and learned to choreograph these movements into a dance piece. They have enjoyed choosing music and using props such as fan veils to make the dance performance full of colour."
Jack | Robina
"I have been a musician for the past 20 years or so. I love the way music brings everybody together and stimulates people. The energy produced is contagious.
"My favourite part of my job is the customers who attend the program engaging with enthusiasm.
"Our Choir program at Robina focuses on expressing yourself using sound as a medium. We experiment with different animal sounds, sing songs, play percussion (body percussion – clapping hands, stomping feet or tapping knees) and play musical instruments from time to time as well.
"We are currently working on a list of songs to be performed in our chosen style and showcased in the Gold Coast community.
"All the customers attending really enjoy it and get loads out of it!"
Denise | Eight Mile Plains and Ipswich
"I started work at Multicap in November 2013. I have always been an Art Facilitator but have worked in Social Enterprise and Hub Art programs, Avegates Art and Centre of Creative Arts, always as an Arts Facilitator.
"At Eight Mile Plains we have been working on Public Art – Festival Lanterns, Printmaking, Ceramic Art, and Acrylic and Watercolour Painting. At Ipswich we have been doing Acrylic Painting.
"My favourite part of my job is I just love being on the floor seeing people advance in their skills and enjoy working on projects that bring them joy and self-confidence. I love that look on their faces when it all comes together and they are proud of doing what they do. There is a beautiful moment when you see that customers know they have done well, it's on their faces and it's powerful.
"I've worked in Ceramic Art for 16 years but studied and love many different artforms. Imparting my knowledge to another and seeing them enjoy the process is the best part of the job.
"Not only is art a visual way of communicating your message but art helps you problem solve, helps you with your emotional intelligence, helps you express yourself in a visual medium which is great for customers who are non-verbal, art keeps you thinking. Creativity is so good for the soul.
"In printmaking, we have been working with Commercial Stamps, Linocut, Chine Colle, Monoprint, and Screenprint. In Ceramics we learn about pinch potting, coiling and slab building and are making both functional and sculptural pieces. In Painting, our groups are working on canvas in two different subjects, Abstract and Down the Bottom of the Garden, and also being inspired by the greats, Mondrain, Van Gogh, and Jackson Pollack."
Blair | Nudgee & Aspley
Blair is a multidisciplinary artist whose work focuses on the domestic suburban experience, which she reflects back with insight, playfulness and wit. She often incorporates female craft process into her artwork as a way to acknowledge the rich untold history of women that have been systematically ignored by the established art worl.
Over the years Blair has received numerous grants to facilitate art workshops and curate exhibitions with many community groups, however her area of expertise is working with those who have disabilities, specialising in textiles and painting sculpture.