The PLAYground Project takes a unique arts-based approach to a traditional community-driven project. Langdale Elementary – a small school based on the Sunshine Coast has a school yard playground in desperate need of replacement. Since budgets are tight, it’s been left up to the local community to come together, form a committee, raise funds, and purchase a new one. The PLAYground Project, however, replaces this more traditional approach with an arts-based process so that the stages of designing the new Langdale Elementary School playground (the “PLAY”) and the playground itself (the “ground”) will leave the community with an artistic legacy far beyond what a purchased playground could ever provide.
As this is an involved process with multiple stages, The PLAYground Project is divided into three phases over three separate years: Explore, Design and Build. This application is for PHASE 1 of the project, which is explained in detail below. The following is a brief description of the three separate phases.
Phase 1 – EXPLORE: For Phase 1, the art farm will coordinate and facilitate four artist led workshops (in four disciplines), a production rehearsal and a year-end show at the Langdale Elementary School auditorium.
Phase 2 – DESIGN: For Phase 2, the art farm will coordinate and facilitate four artist-led creation workshops and a year-end out-door show on the Langdale Elementary schoolgrounds displaying the unique arts-based design elements that will be incorporated into the final playground structure.