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Make It Happen

Skills Development Program
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Facilitated by Dance Makers Collective

Hosted by our partners: Fairfield City Museum & Gallery, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Penrith Performing and Visual Arts and Blue Mountains City Council.

Supported by Create NSW through the Service Needs Fund

Registrations now open - limited to 15 participants per program

Penrith & Blue Mountains Program - held across Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub, Springwood and The Joan, Penrith

9 Wednesday evenings, 6:00pm - 8:00pm, commencing April 27th and concluding June 22nd 2022

Fairfield & Liverpool Program - held at Fairfield City Museum & Gallery

8 Thursday evenings, 6:00pm - 8:00pm, commencing May 5th and concluding June 23rd 2022

Free for creatives living in the Liverpool, Fairfield, Penrith and Blue Mountains LGAs

This program is accessible to artists with a disability, AUSLAN interpretation is available, when registering for the program please let us know your access needs

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Make It Happen is a 9-week program of weekly 2-hour sessions for creative practitioners and producers to refine their skills in making project or program ideas happen. Delivered through a project-based learning methodology, participants in the program are encouraged (though not required) to come with an idea at the ready and will utilise the skills developed throughout the 9-week program to consolidate a working project plan around their project idea.

The areas the program covers include:

  • Entrepreneurship and innovation: design thinking and lean methodologies
  • Contextual analysis: positioning your idea as part of a series of systems
  • Stakeholder management: how to conduct stakeholder analysis to develop and manage relationships
  • Understanding your 'customer': motivation and market research
  • Strategic marketing: dynamic and targeted approaches to marketing
  • Project planning: using the iron triangle principle to scaffold project plans
  • Project management: budgeting, risk assessment and timelines
  • Making a case: fundraising and partnership development
  • The impact of learning: evaluation as an embedded process

The program will be delivered in-person across Western Sydney from 2022-2024, and will also be made available to participate online for those in the region who cannot travel to in-person sessions.

Participants will need to bring a laptop to access resources and templates used throughout the program, and will be provided with access to a secure folder with these resources prior to each session.

About your facilitator:

Carl Sciberras is a producer, choreographer, performer, teacher and arts advocate from Western Sydney. Carl has co-founded two successful creative enterprises: Dance Makers Collective, a not-for-profit company that produces performance works, skills development and education programs with a focus on community-led practice - and Flatline, a visual art and dance collaboration that creates performance, installation and art works that have been presented internationally.

Having worked in management and marketing positions for a range of performing arts organisations, and having produced the work of independent artists, Carl is adept at helping people navigate a range of creative business challenges. He has extensive experience in writing and assessing grant applications (as a peer at the Australia Council and an assessor for Create NSW and others), as well as in complex project management with a wide range of stakeholders. Carl effortlessly blends the 'business' side of company management, administration, planning and development and the 'creative' side as a maker and performer.

Carl is currently employed by Creative Plus Business as a Business Advisor, is on the Artform Advisory Board for Dance & Physical Theatre at Create NSW and has held various positions on boards and committees for local, state and federal government arts bodies and independent arts companies. In 2017, Carl was a participant in the Australia Council’s Future Leaders Program and in 2016 was awarded the City of Parramatta’s Creative Fellowship.

Blue Mountains and Penrith Program

For creatives based in the Blue Mountains and Penrith LGAs, the program is held in-person 6:00pm – 8:00pm every Wednesday for 9 weeks, commencing 27 April 2022. The program will be split across Springwood and Penrith, held at Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub and the Joan.

Venue: Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub, meet at the Box Office on level 1, 106 Macquarie Road, Springwood NSW
Dates: Wednesdays April 27, May 4, 11, 18.

Venue: Room Orchestra 2 at The Joan, 597 High Street Penrith
Dates: Wednesdays May 25, June 1, 8, 15, 22.

To participate in the program, we ask that you attend all 9 sessions across both venues to the best of your ability. If travelling to either venue poses difficulties for you, you are able to join via video conferencing from your own home, though we do encourage you to come in-person as often as you can to get the most out of the workshop experience.

Fairfield and Liverpool Program

For creatives based in the Fairfield and Liverpool LGAs, the program is held in-person 6:00pm – 8:00pm every Thursday for 8 weeks, commencing 5 May 2022. The program will be held at Fairfield City Museum & Gallery.

Venue: Fairfield City Museum & Gallery, 634 The Horsley Drive, Smithfield
Dates: Thursdays May 5, 12, 19 & 26, June 2, 9, 16 & 23.

To participate in the program, we ask that you attend all 9 sessions to the best of your ability. If travelling to the venue poses difficulties for you, you are able to join via video conferencing from your own home, though we do encourage you to come in-person as often as you can to get the most out of the workshop experience.


Due to the limited capacity of the program, interested participants are asked to register by completing this form.
Registrations close when program capacity has been reached. There is a capacity of 15 people for this program.
This program is supported by Create NSW through the Service Needs Fund and our host partners across Western Sydney.

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Dance Makers Collective acknowledge the Darug peoples, the traditional custodians of the land of Western Sydney, whose land we have the privilege to dance and work on. We acknowledge their survival and resilience, and pay respect to Darug Elders past, present and emerging, and recognise their continuing connection to the land, water and community for over 65,000 years.

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