cohealth Arts Generator works in partnership with communities to unlock creative potential and build connections by producing high quality, cutting edge art and art experiences. We work with communities experiencing structural disadvantage in the western region and inner north of Melbourne.
Arts Generator specialise in engagement with a range of African communities, in particular the Melbourne South Sudanese community, which is the largest in Australia.
We present our work in streets and neighbourhoods as well as in arts venues such as Arts Centre Melbourne and Footscray Community Arts Centre. We also create work for festivals such as Big West and Melbourne International Festival.
Since starting life as Barkly Arts Centre in 2009, cohealth Arts Generator has risen to become a leader in participatory arts, and won the Arts and Health Australia’s Excellence in Art in Community Health award in 2014. In 2015 cohealth Arts Generator won the VicHealth award for improving mental wellbeing for our Sisters and Brothers program in schools.
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cohealth Arts Generator flagship programs
Benchmark is a unique participatory arts and health program for young African Australians in the Western Region of Melbourne. Benchmark consists of a program of cultural outreach in public space and intensive arts projects with artist participants and established artist/facilitators. Many of the young people involved in the Benchmark program have come to Australia from war-torn countries as children and teenagers. The Benchmark program creates opportunities for young people to use collective imagination to envisage positive futures.
Sisters and Brothers
Working with children aged 8-12yrs to build empathy towards those who experience discrimination; emphasising commonality and diversity; and promoting dialogue around diversity, race-based discrimination and its harms. Sisters and Brothers achieve this through storytelling, collaborative song-writing, musical rhythms from diverse cultural traditions, and role-play.
Indigenous Art Programs
Arts Generator’s Indigenous programs are focused on intergenerational initiatives that focus on individual and family wellbeing and healing through arts projects in a range of media.
Training, mentoring and employing young artists / arts workers from the diverse communities cohealth serves.
This happens through the mentoring and employment of emerging artist facilitators in the other three signature areas above and in partnerships with local councils, community, health and educational organisations.
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