Creative Livelihoods is a flexible delivery arts-based social and emotional well-being program, with strong ties to the Deadly Thinking content and themes.
Creative Livelihoods is a powerful social inclusion tool for ‘at risk’ participants, but is equally suitable for all members of community.
This workshop demonstrate how Indigenous culture, heritage, creativity and arts – based activities can improve mental health and social and emotional well-being whilst simultaneously creating viable enterprises.
Clay modelling, basket weaving and canvas painting in traditional styles can be taught, with participants able to take their work home at the completion of the program.
Participants return each day to learn art techniques, yarn and access social and emotional well-being information.
They don’t need to have a background in art, feel artistic or plan to be an artist in the future.
Information is available during workshops regarding mental health and well-being issues, however the focus of the program is to leverage the therapeutic benefits of artistic pursuits.
The facilitator, RRMH support person and art materials are provided cost free to the community participating in the workshop by the RRMH.
“When I was a little girl I used to be playing marbles. My friends we used to always sit in a circle, used to sit together and play the marbles. After that we had to chase one another. It was called ‘leewar’. I used to be drawing in the sand, that’s my game. I always did that. Now I can paint those pictures on the canvas.”Jean Walmbeng
“The inspirations for my paintings come from both my mother and her sister who were adopted as little children. Both had a very hard working life on a cattle property for 34 years and loved their adopted parents dearly. They kept their dreaming stories alive by talking to each other all their life, passing on their stories to their children. I feel I need to keep their stories alive through my art.”RRMH Artist Margaret Chatfield (M. Henry)