Mud Fun is a program of SOL Illawarra Cultural Arts which blends the construction sciences with the cultural performing arts to produce a functional architecturally engineered structure with full community participation in the process of its creation.
The outcomes of the program are:
A unique hand-crafted structure that is BCA compliant under a Master Builder’s license.
Community Outcomes: All members of the community can participate in fun meaningful events and activities.
Educational Outcomes: Students can learn cooperation and team building skills, gain work-like experience, develop leadership skills and be exposed to the curriculum through project-based-learning methods.
CPT: Construction Project As Teacher
Over several years our construction industry professionals have collaborated with cultural arts professionals and education professionals to find ways to extract as much education and community bonding from the process of construction, whereby the construction project becomes everyone's teacher. We use construction (generally) and heritage construction techniques (more specifically) to teach ourselves and learn about each other, our environment and our society. We slow down the process for overall better results.
Combining the Construction Sciences and the Cultural Arts
The construction sciences and the cultural performing arts are significant elements of our society. One provides shelter and the other provides nourishment for the soul. One emphasises efficiency and limits who is involved. The other activates the imagination and the emotions and it reaches out expansively without limits. Mud Fun recognizes the inherent strength and value in both and has discovered how to seamlessly blend the two for the greater good. New experiences are created, new ideas are spawned within our youth, and the ways of our ancient ancestors and indigenous peoples are honoured.
Combining music, dance and theatrics with architecture, building and engineering sparks interest and engages large numbers of people in the creation of a public structure. Its speaks to the fundamental and universal desire to have fun, and does so in a meaningful way. It speaks the conversations of environmental sustainability, healthy living and community connectedness. Scheduled into the construction timeline are children-friendly festive events with music, food and building activities. Involving your community like this in the construction process gives them a strong sense of belonging to place and ownership in the completed building. The role of the cultural artist is expanded into one of construction project activator and the role of the architect, builder and engineer becomes more transparent and connected to community.