Tak­ing it to the streets

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

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.

Pic­ture: Jon Bas­sett

Cottes­loe MLA Colin Bar­nett, Paul Avon-Smith and Re­nato Fabretti.

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