Make a Day in Hume

Make a Day 3Make a Day in Hume is an inclusive art program for young people of all abilities living in the City of Hume. This program has been running out of Banksia Gardens Community Services since 2014 and will continue its activities in 2017 through the proud support of The Marian and E.H Flack Trust and the Department of Human Services. For more information please contact Sheena on 0418 506 942.  

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The program is the brainchild of Sheena Mathieson; Melbourne-based artist and facilitator, who came to the City of Hume when she completed the highly successful Ambassadors project run by Banksia Gardens. Sheena has a firm belief that we are all artists. She facilitates community-based  innovative art programs for people of all abilities, celebrating the creativity of each participant and fostering their wellbeing; allowing them to learn to appreciate and create art in the broadest sense of the word.

Make a Day in Hume celebrates the creativity of each participant and fosters their independence and self-development, allowing them to learn to appreciate and create art in the broadest sense of the word. In this program, participants can confidently experiment, learn new skills, speak their minds and dream big.

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The program activities have a recreational focus that cater for all levels of ability, based on the appreciation and creation of art.  The activities include, but are not limited to:

  • The creation of art, through fun activities using the minimum of new materials and the maximum of recycled and found.
  • Sessions with invited artists,
  • Regular outings on foot, public transport and/or by bus to places in Hume and beyond to visit exhibitions and places of interest, view public art and cultural sites, experience other artist’s studios, purchase art materials and hang out together.
  • The exhibition and sale of works.

In the last 2 years it has been possible to pay some of the participants to run discrete activities as part of the program and to offer sessional employment to participants to run activities in some of Banksia’s other programs and other organisations.

The activities contribute to improving participant quality of life by building on individual strengths, fostering self-awareness, social skills, emotional and physical health, self-esteem and confidence.

In the words of one participant: “I dream of being able to continue attending this group. It is awesome.”

And a carer:  “My daughter looks forward to each art session which always is different from the previous. She has made friends and reconnected with old ones. As a parent of an adult with a disability I have tried and sourced many activities for my daughter. None as successful as this.”

The supportive culture of the Make a Day program provides a regular point of connection, information sharing and socialisation that would otherwise not exist in the local area.

 Useful Links

http://www.woman-made.biz/facilitated-art/make-a-day-in-hume/

https://www.facebook.com/MakeADayArt

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=so7boLvyIwE

http://banksiagardens.org.au/youth-programs-broadmeadows/make-a-day-in-hume/