Future Dreamers Club House
At the start of October 2019, Murals for Change held our first community workshop in collaboration with Byron Bay-based organisation Future Dreamers. The project aimed to draw greater awareness to Mental Health issues using art as a tool to connect to the self, the world and others. Today, many issues in young people stem from mental health concerns and see art as a tool for honest self-expression and communication.
Over three days, our team was joined by 12 young women aged from 10-27, to come together and spread our hearts across the walls of the Future Dreamers Club House. The resultant artwork is a direct reflection and representation of participant experience. Each young woman was encouraged to “paint her feelings” and use the opportunity to express in a large and open way to share their hopes for a positive future.
Future Dreamers is a Byron Bay not-for-profit ‘girls club’ that focuses on empowering young women in the region. Our aim was to not only give back to a space that provides the region with so much nourishment, but to also connect participants with ongoing support and a community of like-minded people. Future Dreamers integrates mental health at the core of their organization, so amplifying their message through this collaboration was an honour. We could not be more proud of what the girls achieved during the workshop, not only in the incredible mural but what they took away from the program.
WHAT DID YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT THE WORKSHOP?
“That we all got an even amount of painting to do and the girls were so nice.”
“Creating with other girls and seeing all of our visions come to life so beautifully and cohesively.”
“It felt like a safe place to express my creativity. It was such a supportive environment, and all the amazing girls inspired me with their passion and made me so hopeful for the future.”
WHAT ARE THE MAIN THINGS YOU LEARNED ABOUT YOURSELF IN THIS WORKSHOP?
“To love yourself and don’t doubt yourself.”
“To have confidence in my abilities and to challenge myself.”
“That I love myself and feel great doing art.”
“Working with older people make me a better painter because they teach me new ways to paint.”
“I don’t really tap into my artistic side often because I doubt my ability. This workshop helped me to feel more confident in what I can do and that art is really fun and freeing!”
WHAT’S SOMETHING YOU’LL DO DIFFERENTLY AFTER EXPERIENCING THIS WORKSHOP?
“Take time to connect with others deeper.”
“I spend a lot of time worrying about the current state of the world (and being active in trying to improve it) and this workshop reminded me of the importance of doing things like art that nourish your soul so that you can continue to do the important work.”
“The meditations changed the way I viewed myself and brought up so much healing.”
“I am inspired to find ways how I can help the world through my art and passions.”
WHAT ARE THE MAIN THINGS YOU LEARNED ABOUT OTHERS?
“That others minds are so different.”
“That we are all just yearning to connect and create. And just how healing art can be for social change, even if it just makes someone feel a little better by seeing it.”
ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE YOUR EXPERIENCE?