Three Lakes Cultural Trust officially launched in February 2020, with a cultural masterplan in hand, copious input from the community via community feedback sessions, and both online and hard copy questionnaires.
Soon after this launch, just as we were about to begin our third community feedback session (in Wanaka), the lockdown was imposed by the government. We nonetheless continued to push forward our key initiatives, including the delivery of free community workshops. This round was specifically aimed at arts and culture practitioners who were obliged to pivot their practices online. In some instances, this was the first time they had occasion to interact with their audiences online.
In order to help these artists, we reached out to local resident Ivana Bozicevic, the Leadership Coach at Bighearted Leaders. Ivana has more than 4 years of experience in online coaching, teaching online, and running interactive workshops for a range of international and NZ clients.
Working with Ivana, we developed a series of online workshops designed to:
- teach the fundamentals of how to deliver interactive workshops via the Zoom platform
- make them feel supported and empowered to engage with their audiences
- how to prepare, our limiting beliefs about online presence, how to connect to your audience, how to structure your workshops and how to use technology to support your delivery style and goals.
These workshops were free, and within 5 days of the launch and promoting the programme, we had more than 30 people applying. Both the Trust and Ivana were impressed by the participants’ dedication, passion and desire to share their talent with our community.
The workshops were very well received and we are now planning the next series of workshops for the arts and cultural community.
What did the participants get out of it?
“I had never been on Zoom, let alone thought to use it as a tool for my practice. It was just the inspiration I needed to believe in what could come next. Although I haven’t created anything yet, Ivana showed us how to show up, be courageous, stop self-limiting and ‘embrace the authentic me.’ That is some gift to be given whilst sitting in your dining room while the world locks down around you. I’ve just listened to the introduction of this Youtube clip and all the gifts I got are there – so, take a listen. Thanks for your generosity Ivana and Jo Brown, and the Three Lakes Cultural Trust.” Kay Turner
To view the workshop click here