Funds raised towards fun idea
FUNPARK COULD BECOME AN ANNUAL EVENT
FUNPARK will return to Bidwill on the back of strong support following controversial SBS documentary Struggle Street.
Inspired to counteract the negative attack on Mt Druitt, artist Karen Therese, who grew up in the area, started a crowd funding program to bring the arts pro- gram back to the community. At 10.30am yesterday, 80 people had contributed money to raise a total of $5195 towards the cause.
FUNPARK, which was launched in Mt Druitt as part of the 2014 Sydney Festival, will return on July 19 from 3-7pm in Bidwill Square and, with support from Blacktown Arts Council, it could become an annual event.
Ms Therese said the original event attracted more than 2000 people and involved more than 25 artists, 300 community mem- bers, and nine community and human rights organisations joining forces for a vibrant celebration.
“Don’t let the negativity of one show bring you down,” Ms Therese said.
“Let’s counteract it with positivity, there are really great people living in Mt Druitt and they deserve the opportunity to be inspired.”
Learning Ground’s Debbie Higgison said she supported bringing FUNPARK back. “It didn’t have the impact we had hoped because people are tired of the fly-by-nighters … but the fact it has a long-term plan to make it an annual event in years to come, I think will really help,” she said.
Karen Therese is excited to be bringing back FUNPARK to Bidwill next month.