Mount Alexander Shire

Community Arts & Cultural Development

Get Lost Forever

Get Lost Forever is a community-driven investment project providing foundations, businesses and individuals a means to recognise the collective value of Mount Alexander Shire’s creative community and workforce.

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This project is part of Council’s “Get Lost” program, developed in partnership with the community over two years and ramped-up during Covid-19 lockdown.

Get Lost includes a new brand identity and website to showcase and cultivate our region’s creative capabilities; the introduction of direct funding mechanisms; and the review and implementation of cooperative governance models to help our community transition to new ways of working.

Get Lost Forever forms part of the new funding mechanisms being explored and activated to deliver more localised, economic self-sufficiency. As a large rural shire on Jaara Country in Central Victoria, and with the highest rate of creators and makers per capita in the state, Council on its own is simply unable to sustain our creative community and workforce through this exceptional time.

We are hoping our friends and enablers can help us in the collective.

As an internationally recognised, regional centre for creative excellence, many across our community are falling through the gaps of Australia’s Covid-19 response packages.

And yet, we are here, processing and reflecting, testing and innovating, creating small works in new places. Feeding into national and international conversations and engaging across our local community to re-emerge safely in any way we can. Working. For peanuts.

Your donation will administrate a new Get Lost Forever grants program targeting our heavily impacted creatives in 2020-21. This new program will be aligned to a number of community priorities including reconciliation, climate change, diversity, health and creative place-making.

Council’s Get Lost Forever grants program will support our valued creators, makers, custodians and producers in the making and sharing of new, or on-hold work.

We intend to distribute $1,000, $3,000 and $10,000 grants if we are able to hit our $45k target. We will distribute as many $1,000 grants as possible, if we can’t.

Regardless, 85% of your donation will be re-directed to our local creatives and 15% will be used to ensure community-based administrative costs to promote our collective work through are covered.

Get Lost Forever is built on the belief that we are better together – and that being part of a community collaborating to create something new is exactly what we need right now.

We’d love your support to help us transition in the collective in any way you can.

Thank you!

Mount Alexander Shire doesn’t have an arts precinct, we are one. Located in Central Victoria on the lands of the Dja Dja Wurrung, we celebrate the powerful link between Country and culture in one of the most profoundly altered landscapes in Australia.

We are custodians to mainland Australia’s oldest continuously operating theatre and the nations’ oldest and largest state arts festival. A rich legacy of Australian creativity resides in our collections and historical homes. We host intimate gigs, dance in big groups and drive around in works of art.

Mount Alexander Shire has the highest rate of creators and makers per capita in the state of Victoria. Our population of over 19,000 people live primarily in the close knit townships of Castlemaine, Harcourt, Maldon and Newstead. We are an engaged and active community, demonstrated through our youth’s leadership in the global Strike4Climate movement. Our Shire benefits from above average levels of volunteering, philanthropy and environmental awareness.

Mount Alexander Shire is designated as part of Australia’s first UNESCO Creative City and Region of Gastronomy; our cultural strengths celebrated through the Victorian Government’s 2018 Regional Centre for Culture initiative and we are recognised by the Federal Government as being a key destination for domestic arts tourism.


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