Lotterywest Dream Plan Do is a platform for diverse voices and stories to be shared with new audiences
Lotterywest Dream Plan Do supports culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) community groups who would like to develop a community arts project that celebrates and shares their stories and experiences.
Community groups who participate in the Lotterywest Dream Plan Do program receive structured mentoring from an arts worker who helps them to plan, develop and deliver their project idea, as well as funding of up to $20,000 for the organisation to use to produce and deliver the project.
- DREAM – a fresh project idea
- PLAN – the steps to achieve your outcome
- DO – the project while developing your skills the support of experienced mentors
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*CAN acknowledges the definition of a person/s who identify as Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) varies greatly and that the term is not definitive. In this instance we have used the Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI) definition of CaLD to make reference to the wide range of cultural groups and individuals that make up the Australian population. It includes groups and individuals who differ according to religion, race, language or ethnicity except those whose ancestry is Anglo-Saxon, Anglo-Celtic, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.
In 2020, Lotterywest Dream Plan Do will support 6 community groups through a structured mentoring program.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Congolese TWA Community WA
This project aimed to empower newly arrived and established migrants from Central Africa and Swahili- and French-speaking Congolese backgrounds who were underemployed and looking for ways to gain financial independence. The group met regularly over several months to learn how to make vibrant pieces of embroidery, crochet and weaving. The group celebrated with an exhibition and gathering at the Multicultural Centre, City of Stirling, during which participants shared the power of the project. They spoke of how meeting to develop craft skills and the sharing that took place around the making, brought to life connections with home, with each other here and with their children to pass on. They subsequently sold their crafts at local Mirrabooka Multicultural Markets, developing their enterprise skills. The group also reported that the project had a profound effect on the participants’ confidence, family relationships and community connection.
CTRL is a community of young people from CaLD backgrounds that aims to empower emerging local young designers, musicians, athletes and other creative personnel. The group’s leader Atem, who spent some years in a Kenyan refugee camp before moving to Australia in 2009, conceptualised a fashion show and online media brand to showcase local Australian talent that spoke to his friends and age group. Through the event, Atem wanted to “highlight and disrupt the deference we have for international designers in preference for local works of quality”. The event took place in November 2019 attracting a diverse young audience of two hundred people.
Palestinian Community of WA
Traditional Palestinian embroidery – tatreez – has remained a vital part of the living tapestry of Palestinian culture for centuries, and tatreez is as important as ever since the fragmentation of Palestinian society in 1948. The project Palestinian Threads and Stitches: A Tapestry of Home and Diaspora brought together twelve Palestinian women living in Western Australia – diverse in their life histories but united by the common threads of identity – to stitch both their tatreez and their stories back together in the diaspora. The result is a vibrant tapestry of contemporary Palestinian cultural identity. This exhibition opened on International Women’s Day 8th March 2020 at Midland Junction Arts Centre, and remains on display until 20th June 2020.
Pojulu Community Association in WA
This art project was designed to improve well-being and build the capacity of community members through the sharing of culture. It involved inter-generational dance and drumming workshops, story sharing times and celebration that strengthened family and community connections. It enabled community members spread across the outer metropolitan area to come together. It brought different groups within the Pojulu community together to heal from past traumas and strengthen their relationships. Through the project, the Pojulu community created deep engagement and a vibrant cultural experience for its broad community.
AFG Young Leaders
The AFG Young Leaders group met regularly during 2019 for cultural gatherings at which the elders passed on their knowledge of traditional Afghan culture, arts and crafts practices with young people, many of whom have lost touch with their Aghani heritage. As many of the elders do not speak English, the young people act as interpreters, which fosters intergenerational connections and strengthens the community. Young people are also given some responsibility in planning these gatherings, which develops their leadership and collaboration skills.