Polyglot’s September e-news

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Building diversity

Friday 18 September 2020

At Polyglot, we know first-hand that different ideas, perspectives, and backgrounds produce a more creative work environment that delivers better results. We are currently seeking new Board Directors who reflect the diverse communities we work with.

Polyglot collaborates with children and young people, people with disability, First Nations people and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Much of Polyglot’s success is due to the accessibility and inclusivity of our work. We are committed to building workplace diversity across all levels of our organisation, and we want to increase the accessibility and inclusivity of our practice.

While we are keen to hear from anyone with an interest in Polyglot’s work and skills to offer us, we particularly encourage applications from First Nations people, people with disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and people who identify as LGBTQIA+. We are also specifically seeking candidates with skills in Accounting, Human Resources and Philanthropy.

If you are interested in applying for a leadership position on Polyglot’s Board, or know someone might be, please visit our website to find out more.

In other news, we are delighted to be working with two local councils on some special digital projects! Our shiny new workshops – My Shadow Self and Paper and Tape Escape – will be presented by Arts in Greater Dandenong as part of the Greater Dandenong Children’s Festival online from 19 Sep – 4 Oct. My Shadow Self and Paper and Tape Escape will also be presented by Bayside City Council for the Bayside Gallery school holiday program on 23 and 24 September.

In response to COVID-19, the Voice Lab team has developed an online version of our unique creative installation module for collecting the thoughts and opinions of children. The online version offers kids the opportunity to reflect on change and uncertainty, and to begin to process the pandemic’s impact on their sense of the world and themselves. In this period of isolation and disconnection it is vital that children have their voices heard and valued. We’re excited to be working with the Satellite Foundation and the City of Darebin as we roll out the online version of Voice Lab.

Our ingenious artists continue to sprinkle Polyglot magic through their Polyglot at home videos. They’ve even reached children in Iceland!  Have you shared any of these videos with students, friends, family or colleagues? We’d love to hear how our creative capers have sparked joy during the pandemic. Please drop a line to info@polyglot.org.au to share how you’ve connected children in your community to our Polyglot at home series.

And we’ve just celebrated the 11th edition of Polyglot Spot! Staff, artists and Board members are musing on Polyglot’s practice and ethos, and how the company is moving through this challenging time. Tune in to our socials every fortnight for the latest edition.

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