Esperance arts activities boost community wellbeing

Flora learning: ETNTAC Senior Ranger, Jennell Reynolds, showing participants how to use microscope observations to make drawings of plants. Photo: Jane Mulcock.
Flora learning: ETNTAC Senior Ranger, Jennell Reynolds, showing participants how to use microscope observations to make drawings of plants. Photo: Jane Mulcock.

Following in the wake of the two very successful Healthway sponsored Wildflower Festival projects, the Act-Belong-Commit Kaddatji Nyungar Boodja Plants and Culture Sessions, and the Act-Belong-Commit Esperance Wildflower Festival Art Exhibition and Competition, this week marks the beginning of the Act-Belong-Commit Indigenous Arts & Culture Holiday Program and next week, the Act-Belong-Commit Art for Mindfulness workshops.

The Act-Belong-Commit Indigenous Arts & Culture sessions are run in partnership with Escare Incorporated and the Shire of Esperance as part of the One and All Community Program. They are delivered this month by the Esperance Tjlatjraak Native Title Corporation Rangers and by local artist Pauline Bonney. The ETNTAC Rangers ran three great activities that introduced participants to local plants that have a variety of traditional cultural uses. This included learning the Nyungar names for these plants, creating a plant press and making drawings of the species discussed based on microscope observations. Pauline Bonney, of Karnpi Designs, worked with participants to create artworks about the sustainable use of plant and animal resources in Indigenous cultures.

The first four-week block of Act-Belong-Commit Art for Mindfulness workshops starts on Tuesday 15th October from 11am - 12.30pm at Esperance Community Arts Space. These sessions will be run by retired art teacher Kathleen Bowering and will focus on the process of working towards a finished painting, starting with drawing and design. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on the role of mindfulness in creating their artworks. Places are limited so please contact Esperance Community Arts to book your spot.

The fifth project supported through this Healthway sponsorship is the Act-Belong-Commit Resilience for Kids through Arts workshop series. These workshops are designed for children and their guardians to work together to develop strategies to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety.

This program of free activities for the Esperance community is supported for three years and will involve a variety of presenters. The ongoing sponsorship commitment from Healthway highlights the value of participation in arts and cultural activities for supporting mental health and wellbeing across all sectors of the community.

For more information on all these activities and events please contact Esperance Community Arts on 9072 1158. You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram, email us (admin@esperancecommunityarts.org.au), or visit us at 67 Dempster street from 10am -2pm Tuesday - Friday. You can also visit our website (http://esperancecommunityarts.org.au/ ) and subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter.