The AMES creative arts project was a 12-week long series of workshops aiming to engage recent migrants in Community Detention or on Bridging Visas.
Each week, the AMES (Australian Migrant Education Service) clients were taught different creative arts skills including circus, singing, dance and acting. This culminated in a short performance at the “Multicultural Hub” birthday party.
The idea for community engagement through theatre was brought to AMES from Grace Taylor who saw this as a way to integrate the refugee clients with local theatre professionals.
The 12-week program, entirely conceptualised and run by Grace, was the most successful “Meaningful Engagement” project that AMES ran in 2013 and 2014.