Taking it to the streets
CHILDREN from Housing Authority homes in Mosman Park could be some of the first beneficiaries of the Town’s MosArts Foundation street and fine arts program after it received a $10,000 Healthway grant.
“The beauty of this project is we have Mosman Park Primary School involved and a lots of the kids go there,” MosArts chairman Paul Avon-Smith said.
MosArts on Lochee Street will be a central hub for the program, which will reach out to potential participants through schools, arts groups, indigenous supporter the ICEA Foundation, and even painted street art.
However, the program has aspirations beyond the Town and in the next six months, its organisers plan to take its day classes and weekend-long session camps for Aboriginal, atrisk and underprivileged youth to the Victoria Park and Claremont arts festivals, Busselton, Albany, Denmark and eventually Broome.
The program has collected a group of emerging and established artists to provide tutoring in fine and street art, while also giving the artistic mentors an opportunity to be role models for the youths.
Denmark-based street art leader Nick Zafir, indigenous artist Rueben Yorkshire and young artist Bertie Louise will comprise some of the mentors, in addition to MosArts artistic director Renato Fabretti. Training days will consist of 20 to 40 youths being taught how to use paints, pens and textures, before weekend-long sessions to complete major works for exhibiting.
Cottesloe MLA Colin Barnett, Paul Avon-Smith and Renato Fabretti.