Using the arts to engage and activate kids was the focus of a seminar held by Commissioner for Children and Young People WA Michelle Scott on 10 February 2010.
More than 50 people from government and community organisations attended and heard from international specialists and local young people about their experiences in community art projects.
Natalie De Vito and Eva Verity, from Toronto-based performing arts company Mammalian Diving Reflex, shared their experiences of working with children in a range of productions, including internationally acclaimed Haircuts by Children and the Children’s Choice Awards.
The Commissioner is supporting both of these events at this year’s arts festival in Perth.
Ms Scott said there was great energy and enthusiasm in the presentations and discussions, which reflected the potential of arts to make a difference in young people’s lives.
"There is a lot of evidence to show that involvement in the arts enhances children and young people's wellbeing, and is a great instrument for making their voices heard," she said.
The seminar was supported by the Perth International Arts Festival and the Department of Culture and the Arts, and included representatives from Propel Youth Arts, Disability in the Arts/Disadvantage in the Arts, Filmbites, Hyper Festival and YCulture.