Art for wellbeing.
Melbourne based arts organisation, passionate about mental health. We are committed to creating safe and supportive art spaces where young people in need can connect, explore art making and experience kindness.
Our aim is to improve the social and emotional wellbeing of young people experiencing disadvantage.
“Art is powerful: it doesn’t discriminate, there is no right or wrong, it allows us to be free, and can help us escape from hardship.”
Who we work with
Young people (14 – 25 years) with less opportunities than their peers. This includes, but is not limited to young people: living and affected by with disability and mental health; from culturally diverse backgrounds; and the LGBTIQA+ community.
How we work
Our programs bring together young people, their support people, artists, educators and volunteers to improve wellbeing through art making. We use evidence-based approaches to engage young people in a creative process of enrichment and personal development.
Why we use art
The young people we work with experience high levels of stress and mental health issues. The sensory and tactile nature of art promotes mindfulness and calmness. Art making provides opportunity for young people to explore their thoughts, feelings and experiences.
Where we work
We work in spaces that are accessible, safe, supportive and youth-led. Where possible we work in community based spaces like youth centre’s as opposed to formal settings such as schools. To date, we have worked in Australia, Indonesia, India, Nepal, NZ and South Africa.
When we work together,
great things happen.
We work in partnership with established and emerging organisations. Partnerships enable us to train and empower local volunteers to run art programs for disadvantaged young people in their communities.
This year, we aim to further develop partnerships with organisations in Victoria, Australia – designing resources, facilitating training and providing art supplies. If you are interested in being one of our program partners, email us. Our hope is to foster knowledge sharing and build capability across the youth services sector.
You can help brighten the lives of young people. Join our colourful crew – apply using the link below.
You can give us art materials or stationery. We are always in need of colourful supplies.
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