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Burdiya Mob wins WAM Song of the Year 2017

A song produced during CAN’s Noongar language, music and culture project at Narrogin Senior High School has won a WAM Song of the Year Award.

The song, DJARLINY by the Burdiya Mob has won Song of the Year in the high school 15 -1 7 Category.

Through CAN’s school-based program, the Noongar students were mentored by leading artists and role models, including award winning singer/songwriter Gina Williams and hip hop producer Scott Griffiths. The students then wrote and recorded the song as a tribute to their Elders and culture. Djarliny means ‘listen’ in the Noongar language.

Congratulations Burdiya Mob!

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Australian Super Career Kickstart Award 2016

Youth Arts Worker Connie Yarran won the prestigious 2016 Australian Super Career Kickstart Award.

Community Arts Network (CAN) nominated Connie for a WA Young Achievers Award for her outstanding work with young people in the Wheatbelt town of Kellerberrin.

Connie and her dancers have performed at more than 20 major community events including NAIDOC Week, Wesfarmers Centenary Concert, WA Day, Dance Week and the Beaufort Street Festival.

“These dance workshops started off as a place where all the Noongar kids in Kellerberrin could hang out, dance and yarn. I never imagined that my small idea could have made such a huge impact on mine and the kids’ lives. They have brought so much light to my life and helped me realise my dream of being involved in the arts industry,” said Connie.

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WA Youth Awards 2014

CAN Youth Arts Officer Kellerberrin, Connie Yarran, was a finalist in the WA Youth Awards 2014.

Connie was nominated for a Cultural Endeavours Award following her work with Static Crew & Lil Sparks.

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Finalist in the ArtsHub award, 2012

Our publication ‘Dream.Plan.Do: An Introduction to Community Arts and Cultural Development’ was a finalist in the 2012 ArtsHub Awards.

Dream.Plan.Do was Australia’s first comprehensive community arts and film resource publication, designed to inspire and guide communities, organisations and individuals who want to get involved in community arts or further develop their programs.

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Mental Health Good Outcomes award, 2012

In 2012 CAN received the John Da Silva Award for Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing at the Mental Health Good Outcomes Awards, presented by The Mental Health Commission WA.

CAN received the award in recognition of our creative and innovative approaches to achieving cultural expression and arts development for Aboriginal communities in the regions, in particular our programs with the Noongar people of the Wheatbelt. Read more about this project here.

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NAB schools first partnership impact award, 2011

CAN’s partnership with Quairading District High School was awarded the NAB Schools First Partnership Impact Award in 2011 for two of our major arts programs; Wheat Beats and Keela Dreaming ExtravagANTza.

Our youth program Wheat Beats incorporated hip-hop music, dancing, songwriting and filmmaking in a program that assisted students to produce and record their own original tracks. The Keela Dreaming ExtravagANTza showcase was a performance drawing on the oral histories of local Noongar Elders. Both programs culminated in a spectacular performance at the Keela Dreaming Festival in 2011. Read more about this project here.

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AbaF awards, 2010

CAN was awarded the Toyota Community Award at the 2010 Australian Business and the Arts Foundation Awards for our three-year partnership with the City of Gosnells. This partnership delivered the Risky Bizness educational program which explored the dangers and consequences of risky behaviours in young people using th
e artistic mediums of film and drama. Read more about this partnership here.

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Art and Community Health award, 2010

In 2010 CAN presented a session at The Art of Good Health and Wellbeing Conference in Melbourne and walked away with the Art and Community Health Award for our community wellbeing work.

In the session, CAN Managing Director Pilar Kasat and CAN project researcher Dr. Dave Palmer shared some of the lessons CAN has learnt about the use of art in improving the health and wellbeing of people living in regional WA.

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AbaF awards, 2009

CAN was awarded the Australian Business and the Arts Foundation’s Young and Emerging Artist Award in 2009 and was nominated as a finalist in the national awards. The Award recognised CAN’s partnership with the City of Stirling and Filmbites Youth Film School on the Reel Connections project, which engaged disadvantaged young people in the City of Stirling in arts and culture projects. Read more about this partnership here.

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WA Excellence in Arts Enterprise award, 2009

In 2009 CAN was awarded the State Government’s WA Excellence in Arts Enterprise Award for Phase One of our Voices of the Wheatbelt project.

Arts and Culture Minister of the time, John Day, presented the Excellence in Arts Enterprise award and said, “Voices of the Wheatbelt enabled the community to build a cultural identity to call their own”.

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Multicultural Community Service award, 2009

CAN’s Reel Connections project was awarded the State Government’s Multicultural Community Service Award in November 2009, honouring the positive contributions the partnership made in the lives of WA people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Read more about this project here.

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