Wellbeing in Orange, Lithgow, Grenfell

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In Grenfell song-writing for men starts July 20; In Orange mosaic making is underway at Ameroo Ward of Bloomfield Hospital; and we supported the subliminal festival in Lithgow.

In the first half of 2017 we been strongly focused on arts programs that aim mental health wellbeing. Arts OutWest has been able to set up or support eight local programs across the region thanks to funding from House with No Steps.

We’re running Wellbeing choirs in Cowra and Bathurst and art making for mental health carers in Parkes and will soon begin drama workshops for young adults in Orange.

Here’s three other projects all about art making for mental health wellbeing:

Song writing for men in Grenfell

We’re really excited about this project. Working closely with Grenfell Men’s Shed and linking with The Henry Lawson High School a song-writing program for men has been developed for Grenfell. Singer-songwriter Abby Smith (of band Smith & Jones) will run four sessions with men and boys in July. They’re write lyrics and music, perform and record their original songs. Even before the workshops start Grenfell Men’s Shed members, enthused by the idea, have been writing a few tunes of their own.

Starting Thursday July 20, the four weekly workshops will be held 10am-Noon and 1–3pm at The Henry Lawson High School. RSVP to artsoutwest@csu.edu.au

Mosaic workshops at Ameroo in Orange.

Mosaics at Ameroo

The Ameroo Ward of Bloomfield Hospital chose a series of mosaic making workshops working with an Aboriginal art theme. Artist Catherine Bennett has been running the weekly sessions with support from health staff and Arts OutWest’s Aboriginal Arts Development Officer Aleshia Lonsdale. The works make will be included in the building.

Subliminal in Lithgow

Through the Wellbeing program we supported the Subliminal community arts festival set up by Anna Cater to support mental health in the greater Lithgow area.

Subliminal ran in March and April 2017 with a program including an exhibition, poetry slam,  social events, heavy metal concert, youth hang out space and art making for young people. The House With No Steps funding helped make many elements of this exciting program happen.

Our aim was to create five base programs and invite members of the community to become actively involved in facilitating addition programs in the mental health spectrum. Our desire was to create a platform and bring together, a stronger social connectivity,” Subliminal’s Anna Carter said.

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