Rehearsal is key in our line of work. It’s important for us as a creative arts community to refine our craft but sometimes, this can also prove to be a challenge. Rehearsing takes time, it takes effort and as a collective of volunteers, who are already busy members of the community – time is very precious to us. The majority of PICAA leaders are parents, and all of us hold down full-time jobs. We rush our kids along to school everyday, and a few times a week – we partake in leadership duties within our own church communities. So when do we have time to rehearse for PICAA events and performances?
Rehearsal time is precious, but so is the well-being of those who take part in our PICAA projects. As an organisation, we want to encourage people to pursue their artistic passions and produce high-quality work that they can be proud of, but we also take care in scheduling events on our PICAA calendar that allow our members to breathe a bit in between. A major lesson that we have learned in our 4 years of operation, is that – even though we provide the means for rehearsals to take place (convenient location, confirmed booking of venues etc), the energy levels of our members vary week-to-week depending on their own personal timetables.
The moral of this week’s post is: As a community organisation, we must be mindful of our peoples’ time and energy. If our members are tired, we must recognise this and act on it. If our members are needing a break, we must encourage them to rest without judgement. This is something that PICAA works on and strives to improve with each project.
Shoutout to everyone who has taken part, and continues to take part in PICAA projects groups, events and performances. We see you! We appreciate you!
“He aha te mea nui o te ao. He tangata, he tangata, he tangata”
(What is the most important thing in this world? It is the people, it is the people, it is the people)
– Maori proverb
With a grateful heart – Rita (PICAA’s Head-Cheerleader)