If you have an established local community initiative that actively supports inclusion in your local community, you will understand the passion that Sprung!! members are feeling right now. Threats like this go way beyond the possible loss of a dance or theatre class - they cut right to the heart of the community that so many are working so effectively to build.
Sprung!! Integrated Dance Theatre is a wonderful and much loved arts initiative on the far north coast of NSW, providing opportunities for people with and without disabilities. It has been exciting to watch their development over several years, and the emergence of some great talent, growth and connections.
Sprung!! is currently running a series of Facebook posts in which members talk about what Sprung!! means to them, and showcasing their development as dancers (just scroll back through the last few weeks) - several of them are young people with Down syndrome.
Despite its valuable work for its members and its very significant contribution to the wider local community through its performances, Sprung!! now finds itself under threat after a major cut in regional arts funding. You can read about the potential impact, and how you can support Sprung's plans to help itself through a crowd funding campaign here.