Whittlesea Council's new arts website will include cultural dance workshops.

ARTISTS, dancers, musicians and creative people of all types have a new online hub for their talents.

The City of Whittlesea has launched a Whittlesea Arts website, showcasing the creative endeavours of local people in a range of disciplines.

The website also aims to keep local people connected during the COVID-19 pandemic by sharing in artistic outlets.

Administrator Peita Duncan said Whittlesea Arts was an exciting platform that celebrated unity and diversity.

“The arts have a unique way of bringing people together,” she said.

“Although we may be physically apart, this new online platform encourages engagement with people in our community by creating opportunities for cultural expression.

“The cultural dance workshops are a fantastic way for people at home to learn more about Aboriginal culture and dance moves that originated from around the world.”

Dark Talk Time by local artist Ben Landau – a grant recipient from council’s COVID-19 Creative Communities Fund – is currently featured on the website.

The project aims to connect strangers by encouraging them to participate in honest and rejuvenating phone conversations.

Mr Landau said council’s support enabled artists to test new models of engagement.

“Now more than ever, local artists like me need new pathways to connect with the local community,” he said.

“It’s very reassuring that in this time of isolation, we can deliver programs that bring people together and open up a whole new world through art.”

In addition to showcasing projects, Whittlesea Arts also has information about online festivals and events, and allows people to view art collections and participate in creative workshops.

People can view the website at arts.whittlesea.vic.gov.au.

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