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CAN is pleased to introduce the 2020 Lotterywest Dream Plan Do community groups.

  • CREA
  • Dynesty Youth
  • Equatoria Community
  • Roots TV
  • Second Generation
  • Western Empire

Lotterywest Dream Plan Do supports underrepresented community voices through a mentoring program. Each group represents a different aspect of the West Australian community and we can’t wait to follow their journey with their mentors.
CAN would like to thank the selection committee for their insight and guidance during the Assessment Process:
– Ron Bradfield
– Eva Mwakichako
– Jennifer Hayndes
– Sameeha Elwan
CAN and the selection committee were impressed by the breadth and quality of all 29 applications received. Thank you to all community groups that put the time and effort into submitting applications for this year’s program.

CREA is the brainchild of two trained psychologists from Colombia who are passionate about clowning as an artform. The practice of clowning is well-regarded throughout Latin America because of its unique ability to delight children as well as adults and lift their spirits through play and laughter. CREA would like Latin American migrants living in Perth to experience the joy of clowning, particularly those who may be experiencing emotional or financial hardship because they are on temporary visas and cannot access social safety nets such as Medicare, mental health support and income support.
CREA will be running a series of workshops called Migration of Me. These workshops are designed to guide participants through the many forms of artistic expression that can help them to cope with life’s challenges, while at the same time helping them to uncover their very own clown persona.

Dynesty Youth
Dynesty is a not-for-profit youth-led organisation that aims to inspire a generation of innovative thinkers and future leaders. Dynesty Youth has been supporting young people of African descent living in Australia to thrive. Their initiatives increase understanding between youths and their parents and create spaces for youth to connect with one another and discuss issues that are important to them. By recognising and platforming the talents of young African Australians, Dynesty hopes to counter the misleading narratives which have been shared in the media, public and political spheres in recent years.
Dynesty Youth will be producing a series of podcasts starring young members of the African community in Western Australia. These podcasts will provide young people with an opportunity to tell their own stories and to share their truths in their own voices.
Dynesty counter the negative stereotypes which are often shared in the media, public and political spheres about African Australians.

Equatoria Community
Equatorians hail from 36 different ethnic tribes in South Sudan and despite speaking many different languages, the members of the Equatoria Community in Western Australia come together under the one Equatorian banner because they believe that unity leads to strength, peace and prosperity. This is especially important for the Equatoria Community in light of the devastation caused by civil wars in South Sudan. The association celebrates Equatorian culture and identity, and hopes to share this with the next generation. They also seek to empower women by helping them connect with one another and share their culture, while breaking down barriers that prevent Equatorian women from participating in culture and art.
As part of Dream Plan Do, the Equatoria Community will develop a cookbook of culturally significant recipes that can be made with locally sourced ingredients. The community will also run workshops teaching traditional sewing and embroidery of objects for child-naming ceremonies, marriages and other celebrations.

Roots TV
Run by a team of dedicated and experienced community members who provide their expertise free of charge, Roots TV educates, empowers and employs young people from communities which are underrepresented in the digital media arts. Young people work with experienced media instructors, filmmakers and artists to learn different aspects of digital video production such as cinematography, editing, screenwriting, producing, directing, acting, scoring, sound, and lighting. As well as enabling them to express their creativity and ideas, these skills are also highly prized in today’s technology-focused world.
Roots TV will be inviting young emerging CALD artists from low socio-economic areas to attend performing arts workshops, run by industry professionals, where they will be guided through the process of developing their own artistic piece to perform on stage.

Second Generation
Second Generation is a group of Perth artists and creatives who are the children of the first generation of Iranians who escaped religious persecution during the 1979 Iranian Revolution. Second Generation hopes to encourage those who were displaced, and their children, to document and share their stories through different artistic mediums.
Second Generation will run a series of workshops called Avareh and Found, which will be open to all members of the Iranian-Australian community and those with close ties to that community. Participants will develop creative pieces and stories, which they may later wish to share with the wider community during an exhibition which celebrates their collective stories. Second Generation hopes that through art, the community will be able to address collective traumas, bridge generational gaps and heal.

Western Empire
Western Empire was created by members of the local South Sudanese community who wanted to share traditional South Sudanese culture, music and wrestling with young people in Western Australia. Coming together regularly to learn South Sudanese culture and language has proven important for the young people, helping them to feel connected with their community and more motivated to maintain their traditions. Their health and wellbeing has also improved as a result of the physical nature of the gatherings, which feature dancing and singing ceremonies as part of traditional wrestling.
Western Empire will hold South Sudanese music and dance workshops for young people from ten different South Sudanese tribes. After five weeks of workshops, the groups will come together for a community showcase and dance event where they will celebrate what they have learnt.

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