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Arts centre going digital to connect with the community

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (CPAC) will soon go digital in a bid to connect with the public in the age of the coronavirus.

CPAC is set to introduce an ongoing series of free online programming designed to engage artists, educators and the community.

With Covid-19 forcing most people into isolation it is hoped a digital approach will bring the arts centre and the public together online.

Rolling out over the coming weeks and months, the series of online experiences will include backstage curatorial tours, interviews with artists, podcast recordings, an online market, cooking classes with CPAC’s resident chef Frederico Rekowski, edible gardening tips with in-house gardener Lauren Booth and much more.

Kids activities will be a focus in the initial stages with the CPAC team rolling out their usual school holiday programming online.

Comic creations, Claymation, drawing, science and art classes will all be made available online for free.

Families can join in and be part of the program, with a series of worksheets available for kids to use in the online workshops.

“As well as keeping audiences interested, amused, entertained and educated during a period when we’re at home, our digital programming gives artists and educators a valuable platform to share their creativity and insights with the world,” says CPAC director Craig Donarski, pictured.

“Art and creativity is really important in these times, and this is how we’ll get through the difficult stuff and make sense of the world when the world seems to make no sense at all,” he said.

To get involved, sign up to the CPAC newsletter at and keep an eye on the CPAC social media channels where information and parts of the programming will go live.

The CPAC newsletter will provide a weekly digest of when the various programming is dropping as well as sharing what other arts institutions, creatives and educators from around the world are doing in the digital space for you to participate in.

More than just pushing out content, CPAC is encouraging people to share what they are doing during their time at home.

What are you making or cooking, what are your pets up to or are you reading a good book that you’re desperate to share?

The CPAC team wants to hear, see and share your experience online with the community they are creating.

“Interconnectivity is going to be so important for us to all get through this together,’’ says Donarski.

“We want CPAC’s online channels to become a portal for us to connect, engage and inspire as a community,” said Donarski.

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