Montessori International College Art+Place Strategy and Design Guide
With the assistance of Phillip Daffara (PlaceSense), the College applied for and was granted Arts funding of $20,000 from Arts Queensland. The College is the only school in the State to receive Development and Presentation Grant funding in 2012. Given that this type of funding is normally provided to Regional Councils and Art organisations/companies shows the strength of the MIC application and its ground breaking vision too. Corporate sponsorship from Kennedy’s Timber of $1000 was also received towards the project.
The grant funding was partly used for the professional fees of artists and co-design facilitator to hold a Charrette to scope integrated artwork opportunities for the new College campus. The artworks will contribute to the College’s mission to create a green school with learning environments that demonstrate respect and wonder for the natural environment and, through careful design, exhibits order, beauty and innovation.
The artists involved in the project include Nicole Voevodin-Cash (Public art and landform/terrain/green art practices), Christina Waterson (Public art and architectonic practices) and James Muller (New media art practices, film maker). They collaborated with Phillip Daffara (PlaceSense), Architect of the new campus and co-design facilitator of the Charrette to:
prepare and guide workshops to engage stakeholders using art practices;
galvanise concepts raised in the workshops;
develop guiding principles to articulate the Art+Place vision; and