For years, the idea of a dedicated writing centre for children has been on the ‘to-do’ lists of many in the community, and when a shop at 126 Margaret Street became vacant, it meant ACTION! The Child Writes Fund (a registered ACNC charity, with deductible gift recipient status via the FRRR's NFP Fundraising Account) is the driver of the project.
The Lighthouse Toowoomba – a home for creativity with a dedicated youth writing centre, workshops spaces and an exhibition gallery - is the result of a great deal of love and input from creatives in the Toowoomba community. The space is generously expansive and all of the fixtures and fittings were gifted by the previous tenants. Children have contributed at every stage of the process, from creating a vast array of products for our Explorer's Emporium shop, highlighting 'must-haves' in the youth writers centre fit-out, and naming the kids menu items at the Emerge Cafe!
The Child Writes Fund has partnered with Book Links (given their amazing work in Queensland since 2006) and is inspired by the ‘how-to’ Unnecessarily Beautiful Spaces for Minds on Fire by Dave Eggers and Amanda Uhle (Edited by the International Alliance of Youth Writers Centres) as an exploration of spaces created around the globe. Actually, everyone involved is incredibly inspired, and hope to inspire others from this moment onwards. This will be the first of its kind in regional Australia, and follows the success of the Story Factory in Sydney and the 100 Story Building in Melbourne.
The Lighthouse Toowoomba is open to discussing any collaboration with organisations and charities in Toowomba working with children in crisis. We start each day with 'how can we help?'. Email us firstname.lastname@example.org and let's see what we can do together to enhance the lives of our children.
And as for this character?
It is with a great deal of pleasure we introduce you to our inspiration, Humboldt Monteque Taylor. Humboldt is an explorer of world-repute, and he is staying at The Lighthouse. Originally from Toowoomba, he has set out in to the world (much like our writers do!) and his sharing his zest for life, his joy of exploration, and his discoveries with all and sundry.
When you come in and explore The Lighthouse Toowoomba, you will find clues of his presence, the discoveries he has made along the way, and meet his wonderfully supportive friend Agnes!
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