Looking around at what our local and global community are doing for each other and themselves at this time is beautiful, despite with weary faces and voices with a little waver of unease. For those of us privileged enough to be online with devices and high-speed internet, there’s a multitude of connectedness, entertainment, resources and support. In fact, the first thing that came to many minds, including ours at Red Hot Arts, was to get online, stream gigs, develop classes, workshops and exhibitions, all to go online. And what a result there’s been! And what about those incredibly important, dare I say, old-fashioned ways to connect too?

The Library have their Book-a-Book service wherein you can borrow up to 40 items that can then be picked up or DELIVERED! An idea for those offline could be to make a phone call and read some excerpts and digress into discussions of what you’ve borrowed and what you’ve loved. They also have the usual kids’ activities online. So, get your Baby Rhyme Time, Pre-School Storytime, QuarunSTEAM Club and Lego Club at home. And please do follow their Facebook page for the sweetest of videos and hilariously written updates.

Staying with literature, have you seen Watch This Space’s Writing On The Wall noticeboard yet? It’s outside, in front of the organisation, perfect for a stroll. You can also submit some work to potentially be displayed. Contact them via email at wts@wts.org.au or even send by post? Further, Kelly Lee Hickey is hosting another series of Love, Resistance and Other Survival Strategies, running fortnightly via Zoom for 12 weeks.

Guts Dance have their kids dance classes for 4 – 6 years and 7 – 12 years on Tuesday afternoons and their Chance to Dance classes for the over 50’s age group at 6pm on Tuesday’s also. Thursday afternoons are for Open Contemporary and Mini Movers on Friday mornings for the littlest of ones. Lauren Jones has some supplementary classes including a free stretch class on Monday mornings. Bravo to you all for generating a lovely way to keep us connected, moving and feeling.

Some other very interesting things on offer online from our local creative collective are the Centred in Choice morning chanting each Tuesday, Tjanpi Desert Weavers have online tutorials for weaving and also have a kit that can be purchased and sent out to you with printable step-by-step guides. Bring the choir to your home with Alice Sings holding choir practice each Sunday. Join their Facebook group for more information. Or perhaps you’d like to go out for dinner and meet new people through your phone? The Gap View have an initiative to do just that. Contact them direct for more information.

You can watch some great local films online at the moment too. Biddy O’Loughlin’s wonderous and wide ranging short films can be watched for free on her website www.biddyoloughlin.com.au, In My Blood It Runs can be streamed on their website for a small rental fee, and the famed Finke: There and Back film by Dylan River is also available to buy both digitally and on disc. Go to the Madman Films website and search for Finke.

For more information please go to the Red Hot Arts website found at www.redhotarts.com.au. And for now, let’s write letters, let’s sit on the front porch or in the front yard, let’s cook meals, let’s make phone calls and let’s listen to the radio…