Mosman Park kids from Housing Authority homes could be among first beneficiaries of arts program grant

Backing the street and fine art mentoring program are Cottesloe MLA Colin Barnett, MosArts chair Paul Avon-Smith and MosArts artistic director Renato Fabretti. Picture: Jon Bassett
Mosman Park kids from Housing Authority homes could be among first beneficiaries of arts program grant
Backing the street and fine art mentoring program are Cottesloe MLA Colin Barnett, MosArts chair Paul Avon-Smith and MosArts artistic director Renato Fabretti. Picture: Jon Bassett

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 which can dissolve on footpaths.

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, at-risk 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.

Mr Fabretti said the program could provide more than arts skills and leadership models for youth, some of who may know the street better than a home, friends or family.

“At the end, participants might say ‘I may have never go through that year, but I’ve got some friends now,’” Mr Fabretti said.