The Project Zone specialises in developing innovative collaborative projects utilising the power of story, technology and creativity to make a positive and sustainable difference in people and communities across regional NSW. We are committed to delivering
enriched learning experiences through a range of
place based initiatives including projects that inspire, educate and engender greater awareness, capacity and resilience.
The Project Zone brings together Paul Stafford and Vince Lovecchio for the development and delivery of innovative collaborative projects utilising the power of story, technology and creativity. The Project Zone delivers enriched learning experiences in which people can explore, imagine and discover new things in meaningful and transformative ways.
PAUL STAFFORD, an author and literacy consultant in primary and secondary schools throughout Australia, is one-half of Project Zone. He has seventeen titles, published by Random House and New Holland. Project Zone’s historical-comedy film project with schools History Here won the 2018 National Trust Award and History Here: Bigger than Ben Hall won the 2019 Museums and Galleries National Award. Paul’s long-running literacy projects for reluctant boys The Dead Bones Society (a collaboration between Australian Fossil & Mineral Museum 2007-2017) won the 2010 IMAGinE Award and a 2007 NSW Local Government Cultural Award. It’s adaptation to web-based delivery, Scattered Bones, won the 2011 MAGNA (Museums and Galleries National Award), hosted by DART Connections to regional and remote schools. Paul works closely with Bathurst Wiradyuri Elders, including developing and co-anchoring the series Tea with Uncle Bill which linked Uncle Bill Allen to students in schools across NSW via videoconference, enabling students to ask questions and learn about Wiradyuri history, beliefs & lifestyle. He collaborated with the Wiradyuri Elders in the STEM project, Wahluu Racing Team, which featured in Bathurst Artstate (2018).
VINCE LOVECCHIO holds a deep passion for community wellbeing and social capacity building. At 15 years of age, he was selected to represent Sydney for the UNESCO 1979 International Year of the Child. Vince has over thirty years of experience developing community partnerships and facilitating arts / health projects with the aim of empowering people and strengthening communities. Vince established Community Connect Regional NSW in 2014, a successful community capacity building and social wellbeing initiative. By forming an extensive network of partnerships across health, education, business and industry, Vince has been able to develop community-based initiatives which meaningfully engage people and empower them to contribute purposely in building the capacity and resilience of their local communities. Vince was the founding director of the Orange Youth Arts Festival (2014 -19) and through the Project Zone has designed and implemented a number of other whole community initiatives. He also has broad experience in visual based media having worked extensively in Television, Photography and Film. Vince has won a variety of National and International awards for his work.