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CAN has extensive experience delivering community arts projects to young people through our partnerships with schools, youth groups, Aboriginal corporations and federal, state and local government agencies.

Using our network of community artists, CAN’s programs engage young people in:

  • Expressing identity
  • Exploring issues that matter to them
  • Developing life skills

In 2012 CAN delivered two Youth Engagement Programs to Thornlie Senior High School students as part of the City of Gosnells Str8 Talk’n program.

Steppin on Art was an urban art program that involved more than 40 young people and allowed them to discuss issues about risky behaviour while giving new life to their school’s grounds.

KAPOW! was a separate program that focused on cyber bullying and explored the topic through comic art.

Artist Nadja Kabulsky ran a series of workshops that used contemporary comic art forms to merge ideas of cyber bullying with self-expression and conflict resolution techniques.

Each of the students who took part attained an accredited unit of competency in Working with Others (BSBCOR03C), which went towards the students’ chosen pathway in most future qualifications.

Artists Nadja Kubalsky said “it was as much about the journey we all went on together to get there, as the final art work produced. The Steppin on Art and KAPOW! projects gave the kids somewhere to not only be artistically creative but a space to find creative solutions in dealing with others.”


The i:click program ran a series of workshops in 2012 and used photography and film to engage young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds in conversations about identity and sense of place.

The young participants were from over twelve different countries including Afghanistan, New Guinea, Burma, China, Thailand and Iraq.

The students used photography and film to explore topics including conflict resolution, community rights and responsibilities and the role of authority figures in society.

After the workshops an exhibition of the students’ work was held during the FotoFreo Fringe 2012 festival at the King St Art Centre in Perth before travelling to the Department of Education and the Thornlie Square Shopping Centre.

The success of the i:click program extends well beyond the life of the workshops, as the Deputy Principal at Thornlie Intensive English Centre explained.

“The benefits are great … they will continue to be evident in the long-term success as they move from primary to high school and beyond. I hope that the program continues to develop and involve more and more of these very at risk group of students.”

The i:click project was delivered through the City of Gosnells Str8 Talk’n program.

Read the i:click exhibition catalogue here

Risky Bizness ran in 2008 and 2009 and aimed to develop a long-term sustainable approach to reducing both the incidence and the fear of youth crime and antisocial behaviour in Maddington and Kenwick.

The program promoted community safety and wellbeing and directly addressed antisocial behaviour through community engagement, capacity building and the development of positive relationships.

CAN worked with the City of Gosnells Str8 Talk’n project to engage young people in the design and delivery of innovative educational programs that promote community safety and wellbeing and directly addresses antisocial behaviour.

Risky Bizness ran six programs in schools with 35 young people involved in the project from Yule Brook College, and VIP Communicare – schools/organisations located in Maddington/Kenwick.

The project resulted in six short films produced by the students, which can be viewed on the links below or on CAN’s Vimeo.

Joanna (2008) 

After arguing with her mother about not being allowed to go to a party, a young female sneaks out and gets drunk with her friends at the party. As she is walking home, she stumbles onto the road and is hit by a car.

Busted from birth (2008)

A young pregnant female is dealing drugs to try to raise money to look after her unborn child.  When she goes into labour, she encourages a friend who doesn’t have his license to drive her to the hospital. Adding to this risky behaviour, she asks him to drive faster resulting in the death of the driver and a pedestrian. Students interviewed a local firefighter as part of this film.

The cross (2009)

A young person shows off with some reckless driving resulting in the death of one of their friends in a car accident. Students interviewed Constable Steve Hoad from WA Police on his experience with road accidents.

The passenger (2009)

This film demonstrates how risky it can be to drive tired. In the film a young driver has a vision of a potential car accident victim talking to him in the passenger seat as he has a micro sleep while driving.

Second thoughts (2010)

Have you ever had second thoughts? Four young friends are pressured into drinking, when one is given a dangerous dare. This one decision will change their lives forever.

Time of death 3:15 (2010)

This film explores the stories of five friends who experiment with drugs before one of them overdoses.

CAN worked with the City of Stirling and Filmbites Youth Film School on the Reel Connections project, which aimed to address the cultural friction, disadvantage and increasing levels of anti-social behaviour and crime in Mirrabooka and surrounding suburbs.

The project harnessed the vibrant cultural diversity of the area as a source of strength and delivered a series of workshops through Filmbites, which taught film-making in conjunction with vital life skills and elements such as teamwork, discipline, creativity and self-esteem.

The City of Stirling launched the initiative out of concern for the high level of social disadvantage, particularly with young people in the north metropolitan area, specifically in Mirrabooka and surrounding suburbs.

Other key partners in the initiative included Balga Detached Youth Support Services, the City of Wanneroo and the WA Police.

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