Future Foundations run community programs that bring together young people from disadvantaged areas with artistic and business professionals who provide mentoring and support in the communities where the young people live.
The program group lasts for eight months and has no more than 15 participants from a single school or group of schools, aged between 10 and 14. This is to ensure that they receive one on one attention and mentoring. Each project has a community focus and ends with a public art exhibition where the participants present their art piece.
The participants obtain new skills in creative areas of their choice as well as getting training in resilience, self-esteem, communication skills, setting goals and achieving results.
These workshops centre on the following skills and artistic learning:
- a brief overview of public art theory, history and practice
- site assessment, concept development, fabrication, budgeting, installation and project management
- visual art and new media, understanding how techniques can be used to create public art
- using the medium of photography for research, creative output and documentation
- understanding how movement and posture affect the emotions and the ability to communicate and interact with others in a positive way; and
- building confidence for communicating ideas and presenting publicly.
Workshops include working in the studio, and at the site of the public artworks in Central Dandenong & Melbourne.
Our creative vision is to stimulate creative activity in young people and to:
- provide a safe and nurturing environment that supports the art making process
- increase the practical and technical skills of the participants
- encourage independent thinking and collaboration, through the development and presentation of a shared creative enterprise
- promote social inclusiveness and increase arts access within public spaces for the participants and the audience; and
- open pathways for communication through cultural activity – to reduce isolation and foster engagement with disadvantaged youth.