Esperance Senior High School students received a $3000 grant to create a mural and garden space in partnership with Esperance Community Arts.
Students have completed the mural as part of the Songlines Drug Aware Arts Project and plan to finish the native garden bed by the end of February.
The project focused on using art as an engagement tool for students whilst providing a safe environment for students to be mentored and develop leadership skills.
The goal was to create a social space for students within the Aboriginal education area and promote drug awareness.
Nine students formed a leadership team to construct a cultural mural and garden space within the school grounds.
The team successfully applied for a Y-Culture Regional Youth Grant from Country Arts WA and received $3263 for the project.
Students designed and painted a five-metre by three-metre mural to reflect the importance of community relationships and their love of Esperance beaches.
“The part I enjoyed most about being on the leadership team was meeting people in the community who I hadn’t met before and being able to work with them to apply for the grant and learn about traditional Aboriginal art,” year eight student Talicia Tate said.