Community Arts Network
In the late 2000s CANWA began an important project in the Eastern Wheatbelt region. They started by carrying out arts-based workshops with Noongar and other Aboriginal people living in towns like Kellerberrin. These workshops led to a range of larger productions and community celebrations. It helped create beautiful photographic books, films, starting up an annual ‘Keela Dreaming’ community celebration. It also produced some wonderful oral histories and radio shows. Perhaps more importantly, it helped support the leadership of the area, create jobs in the arts for local people, bring the community together and give people a sense of hope and achievement.
Out of this project came a request for CANWA to stretch its involvement into some of the towns in the Southern Wheatbelt. Early in 2010 CANWA set out on what its hopes will be a three-year project with people from the Southern Wheatbelt communities of Narrogin, Pingelly, Brookton and Wagin. This work has become known as the ‘Strong Culture, Strong Community in the Southern Wheatbelt’ project.
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