Art at Work offers a unique team building experience for your organisation by using art as a dynamic and fun way to engage your staff and encourage team contribution in the workplace.
May 2015. Art at Work contributed to the YMCA national conference through art workshops that encouraged collaboration, communication, creativity and community.
YMCA staff were treated to a photobooth/dressup opportunity when they arrived in the morning of the first day of the conference at Waipuna Lodge. The polaroid image was then made into a ‘fun’ lanyard. Images to follow when permission has been given!
On the second day the staff were invited to a ‘Unmask your Creativity’ workshop, where they spent an hour creating a face mask from a wide array of art materials, the conversation flowed as the staff took the opportunity to relax, learn and share new skills and network with the other YMCA branch staff.If your organisation would like to undertake a collaborative team building art project
November 2014. On the first day was another lanyard activity, this time it was more challenging than the one in April. The ‘patch’ project involved making a ‘name’ artwork to wear during the day to identify yourself. There were plenty of material options, leather, lace, tapa cloth, buttons, ribbon, feathers to use to embellish the chosen base fabric. The trusty hot glue guns were in full flight as the artists only had 45 or so minutes to complete their unique ‘patch’ The variety of finished works provided a clue to the variety of different people working in the field of Youth Development for the YMCA in New Zealand.
Day Two was all about collaboration. The text based artwork deals with the issues facing the staff and management of the YMCA as they strengthen their programming to protect, support and encourage their young people to achieve their potential. Beginning at the centre of the image are the words love / respect / aroha which lead onto caring / protection / belonging / Whanaungatanga, a Maori concept meaning kinship, a sense of family connection, relationship through shared experiences and working together which provides people with a sense of belonging.
March 2014. The brief for Art at Work was to design a project where all participants at the YMCA Children’s Services Conference could arrive and immediately make their own lanyard. The goal was to break the ice and have a little fun, right from the very start of the day. Two tables laden with colourful materials greeted the YMCA staff. Everyone was able to create a named ‘mini me’ using paper cut-outs, wooden pegs, glitter, buttons, pens, ribbons and flowers. They could then hang it around their neck to let everyone know who they were. Everyone threw themselves into the project as they only had 30 minutes to complete their miniature artwork. Sharing ideas and discovering ways to achieve certain looks provided plenty of opportunities for the YMCA staff to collaborate, meet new people and team build.