During the first week of term we were fortunate to have Sunshine Coast-based arts company Peripheral Arts on campus to run Keys to the City, a project involving five participating schools that is part of the launch of the new Maroochydore City Centre here on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.
Keys to the City is a Community Arts Project that takes its name from medieval times when cities were walled and gates were locked at night to keep enemies out and the city’s labour force in. When granted a key to the city, a trusted citizen was allowed freedom of movement in and out of the city. Although modern cities and modern lives have changed dramatically since then, symbolically, the concept of granting a key to the city still recognises those who make a valuable contribution to the community they are a part of.
This project recognises the value of each member of the Sunshine Coast community in the building and development of the new Maroochydore CBD. At MIC students were invited to creatively and individually decorate their own ‘key to the city’ with the resulting artworks to be launched at the Maroochydore City Centre opening event on Saturday 10 August, which is a free family event with lots of great activities for children.
Visit the Sunshine Coast Council website for more information.