Drawn Together is a community art project that brings young people from a disadvantaged community together with artist Liz McGrath for weekly art workshops.
Currently the sessions are run for young people from Geelong’s Karen/Karenni community, who spent their childhoods living in refugee camps, and have faced the challenges of settling into a new community and learning new skills. The young artists are encouraged to be creative and build on their confidence through extending their art skills. Held at The fOrT Youth Centre in Norlane, participants can also share a healthy meal and make connections with youth workers and other services.
How the funds will be used
Funds will help facilitate the workshops and purchase quality art materials, and to grow the program to include young people from other disadvantaged communities
Liz, an experienced art teacher, provides support, art materials and expert tuition to the group, who are encouraged to try a range of artistic styles, techniques and mediums. Completed works have already included a published book, a mobile mural, and a gallery exhibition that raised awareness of Refugee Week.
What makes this project special
The Drawn Together project aims to support young people and build their self-esteem as they establish themselves in a new country. It allows access to art materials that may be unaffordable to participants, and differs from senior school art programs that require strong written English. It gives young people a place to express their identity through art.
Bluebird Foundation recognises the power of the arts to effect cultural change within communities, resulting in improved social, emotional and health outcomes. These weekly art workshops provide a supportive and inclusive environment for our participants.