2020 Program (COVID updated)

Current and Upcoming Activities:

Riverland Skillin’ It (working title)

Riverland Skillin’ It is a community-based and locally-driven initiative to nurture a culture of skills and knowledge-sharing led by local young people for young people, and to build foundation small business skills in a lead cohort of young people (the squad). Applications are now open to join the squad. Full details and application form here.

Between January and August 2021 the selected squad will receive mentoring, support and training to create a small digital knowledge bank and a mini skills-sharing festival. The squad will be paid for their time (as freelancers based on negotiated hours) to deliver the project.

To apply to be one of the five selected squad you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be aged 18-26 as of 1st November 2020
  • Be currently living in any Riverland town
  • Be committed to learning, collaborating and delivering the project as a whole

Mixtape Mondays

We’ve invited creative Riverlanders to curate a playlist for our community on the Part of Things Spotify and we are sharing them on Mondays (via our Facebook and Instagram).

The curator for the week selects the songs, chooses a title for the playlist and is paid a fee of $60. We’ve left the theme, style and number of songs totally up to each curator.

Scroll through our Facebook page or Instagram posts to meet all of the Mixtape Monday curators so far and listen to all of the playlists via our Spotify.

Mixtape Mondays started in May in response to the restrictions and difficulties of COVID19 – we wanted to provide a small paid opportunity for creative people and something fun and uplifting for our community to experience. If you’d like to be a curator, get in touch.

Recent Activities (completed):

Letters to Blue

The Riverland swirls with magic — from the beds of Lake Bonney to the crowning leaves of the river’s red gums.

From the mind and pen of local writer/illustrator Kirste Vandergiessen, Letters to Blue delivered a series of letters direct to participant’s emails every day during Mental Health Week in October 2020.

Letters to Blue was supported by funding from the Mental Health Coalition of South Australia through their 2020 Mental Health Week Rural Grants program.


Deep listening takes practice. Composer-performer and sound artist Dr Jesse Budel guided two sound walks in Barmera to tune in and listen deeply to the environments we take for granted in October 2020. Jesse also gave a talk about the 2019 Riverland Biosphere Soundscape Lab while he was in town.

Thinkers in Residence

The Thinker in Residence Program is about encouraging Riverlanders to give their big ideas time and space. All of us have ideas, those “we should do X” or “imagine if Y” ideas that could really have an impact if given the time and energy to develop. The Thinker in Residence Program is a four-week excuse for selected Thinkers to pursue one or more ideas.

Selected Thinkers in 2019 and 2020 received $500, free access to Part of Things spaces for one calendar month and 10 hours of support from our Chief Storyteller to think about about their idea.

Read more about the 2020 and 2019 Thinkers here.

Applications for the 2021 Thinker in Residence program will open in February 2021.

Check out our Facebook page for other upcoming happenings and the Projects tab for other past happenings.


*COVID19 Update*

Regional folk know all about isolation and all about community care. We’re ready to reduce physical contact to take care of our most vulnerable and each other while still ensuring that we connect, reach out and gather in other ways.

Initially at Part of Things we decided to move and translate our existing 2020 programs online to enable connection and gathering under social distancing. We’re really aware that there is so much happening online that it’s actually overwhelming and hard to make sense of. Many folk in our local community have been reeling from job losses and trying to navigate other practical and psychological changes in their lives this year.

So what’s actually useful? How can we contribute to community connection, wellbeing and future building? How can we invest in ideas and skills now and in preparation for whatever comes next?

We’re not sure but we have some ideas we want to put time and energy into.

What does that mean for our original 2020 program? Great question. We’ve taken down our original program (and we are hoping to remount some of those ideas in 2021 instead) and we are taking a different approach to 2020. An approach that is true to our values and intentions. An approach that is gentle and thoughtful and appropriate for physical distancing as long as it lasts.

Instead of a full year program, we are going to take a mostly month by month approach. Instead of our original mix of experiences for thinkers, artists, participants and audiences, we are going to hone in on nurturing new ideas and skills that can lead to future outcomes for everyone. Online or in person we remain a gathering place and ideas hub.

Our selected 2020 Thinkers in Residence are a starting place for this period of reimagining and rethinking.

We’ll continue hosting and supporting conversations in the Part of Things virtual hub  – a hybrid of chatroom, email and direct messages – contact us for the link to access and get involved.

We remain unashamedly focused on Riverland tastes, interests, ideas and futures in everything we do.

If you’d like to make a contribution to keep our programs running and affordable, we have a virtual tip jar here.

If you’re got an idea for a virtual or small in-person gathering/project/event that you’d like to deliver under our umbrella, get in touch here.

Stay tuned for more.

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