The Parrwang Youth Arts Program (‘Parrwang’ is magpie in local Wadawurrung language) is a direct result of generous support News Boys Foundation, R E Ross Trust and Geelong Connected Communities and aims to connect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth, between the ages of 11-21 who are socially and culturally isolated.
This is achieved through a range of traditional and contemporary workshops that explore storytelling utilising a diverse range of arts disciplines such as; dance, drama, visual arts and music. Workshops are led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practitioners and the program facilitated by a Koori arts officer employed at our organisation.
The Parrwang Youth Arts Program was developed in response to the community’s desire for a safe and creative space for the 700 young people who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander in the Geelong region. A place to gather, build personal and cultural connections and to foster friendships through arts-based activities. The underlying purpose of the Program is to enhance the confidence and pride of the young participants, as they gain a greater understanding of their cultural history.