CASE STUDY 3 – Art Journeys - Multicultural

Art Journeys: A mixed mediums Art Project created by ‘The Workshop’ for Maroondah City Council

The Art Journeys Program was developed in partnership with Maroondah Arts and Cultural Services and Red Tent Healing Arts to facilitate an opportunity for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) and non-CALD young people from Maroondah to work together and share their stories and dreams using art as the medium
Participants worked together over the January school holiday period to explore the concept of identity, the past, the present and the future.

The Project will operate in four stages:

  • To symbolise the past participants created a design on a suitcase symbolising where they have come from and what they bring with them (their past).
  • To symbolise the present  young people used textiles and material to create a t-shirt design representative of who they currently are and the facets that contribute to their sense of identity as youth  transitioning into adulthood.
  • To represent their future, the participants constructed and designed kites symbolising their expectations, hopes and dreams for their futures.
  • The young people then worked with Red Tent Healing Arts to plan and curate an exhibition at Maroondah Federation Estate which they launched by sharing their stories with family, friends and the public.  The Art Journeys Project brought together young people from a wide variety of backgrounds to share their stories and hopes and build friendships. The work of participants was exhibited twice more upon completion of the Project and considered one of the most popular and successful exhibitions provided in public spaces by Council that year.