Art of con­nec­tion

Eastern Reporter - - Let's Eat -

A GROUP of Girls Acad­emy stu­dents show­cased a new art project in­spired by their con­nec­tion to Indige­nous cul­ture at a launch event in Lock­ridge this month.

Four stu­dents from Kiara Col­lege’s Girls Acad­emy and an­other fel­low Kiara stu­dent pro­duced sev­eral pieces as part of the Act-Com­mit-Be­long Kiya Wand­joo Wand­joo Nidja Art Project, which were un­veiled at the Lock­ridge Com­mu­nity Health and De­vel­op­ment Cen­tre.

The acad­emy fo­cused on im­proved school at­ten­dance, boost­ing aca­demic per­for­mance and grad­u­a­tion rates, en­cour­ag­ing health and well­be­ing and strength­en­ing cul­tural con­nec­tion.

Acad­emy stu­dent Frances Whitby said show­cas­ing their art­work to the wider com­mu­nity was im­por­tant.

Acad­emy par­ent Spencer Alone, whose daugh­ter Mad­di­son took part in the project, said his fam­ily took pride in their cul­ture.

“We are very proud par­ents,” he said. “It means a lot that cul­tural art work is be­ing dis­played… it gives us our iden­tity of who we are.”

An­drew Em­b­ley, Paul Duffy, Food­bank WA CEO Greg Heb­ble and Aaron Lewis.

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