Regional Arts WA Project Officer Hannah Chambers has been kicking around the regional arts scene for a while now.
Hannah’s journey as an arts worker began at the age of 18 when she took on a traineeship with the Country Music Club of Boyup Brook. There, she helped organise a youth Festival called Get Unleashed in the Brook.
The festival was a one-day event running a car simulation, urban art workshops, a silent disco, and BMX, FMX, and skateboarding demonstrations and performances by San Cisco, Minute 36, Sons of Rico, and Split Seconds.
For months, Hannah worked closely with local stakeholders to ensure the event was community orientated, she worked with West Australian Music (WAM) to select acts for the festival and the local Youth Advisory Council (YAC) was invited for input. Even the local police were supportive from the initial planning stage, going as far as offering to act as a crash test dummy for the event’s car simulation.
However, running a youth festival required a lot of financial help and she looked towards grants that could work for her, such as the Drug Away YCulture Regional. What happened next helped put her entire career in motion.
“Since then, I have gone on to become one of the Panel Members to assess the Drug Aware YCulture Regional funding applications, and now I manage the program!”
Get Unleashed in the Brook was a success, and Hannah was nominated as the Rural Ambassador for Boyup Brook in 2012 for the Upper Blackwood Dinninup Show. This led to a sponsorship from the Rotary Club of Busselton to participate in the Rotary Youth Leadership Program.