Arts in the Grass
The Cultural Knowledge Unit (CKU) and Healthy Engagement & Assistance in the Long Grass (otherwise known as ‘HEAL’ – another branch of Larrakia Nation) have been facilitating the Arts in the Long Grass program for over five years. The homeless community are among the most disenfranchised and experience some of the greatest trauma; art brings people together and gives people a voice.
(note: photos not permitted in this program)
Since 2013, we have also worked with FORWAARD Aboriginal Corporation at Darwin’s Alcohol Mandatory Treatment centre at the Royal Darwin Hospital, coordinating and facilitating art therapy workshops every Tuesday and Friday morning. Workshops have included lino printing, silk screening and painting, music playing and composition, singing, clapstick painting, jewellery making, and more.
These programs are a proven success, giving purpose and an opportunity for creative expression. The workshops have allowed different kinds of positive conversations to emerge in the group; cultural knowledge building, growth in self-confidence and a sense of empowerment.
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