Kids as Catalyst Arts: children leading change through arts in the community

A new generation of young people using art to change the world

This year Kids Thrive is piloting Kids as Catalyst Arts (KiCArts) in partnership with St Pius X Primary School in West Heidelberg.

Built on Kids as Catalyst child-led change model, KiCArts sees primary school children and their chosen community organisation partner to present public works of art addressing local issues.

The students are partnering with local organisations doing great things – the 3081 Angels, SALT Foundation, the Friends of Darebin Creek and Darebin Water Management Committee, and Banyule City Council, Arts and Culture.

We have group projects on cultural respect and sharing; recycling, reusing and re-homing waste; raising awareness of the environmental impact of plastic and the importance of diversity and inclusion in West Heidelberg.

The children’s efforts over the past six months were showcased at a community event on 21 September at Banyule Community Health, 21 Alamein Rd, West Heidelberg.

How is this child-led social change?

KiCArts begins on the foundations of Kids as Catalyst. Children create catalyst teams to address a local issue that they feel strongly about.

The public work of art aims to educate and inspire the community to change its attitudes and behaviors and so make their local community a more inclusive, healthy and happy place for all.

Child-led change brought us child-led innovation

This Kids Thrive innovation was inspired by grades 4-6 at Baringhup Primary who, in their Kids as Catalyst program created a public work of art to inspire their community to value education. The Flight Of The Fledglings included a nest with eggs inscribed with the names of the grade 4-6 children in the KiC program, an artistic representation of a local bird, and a message that education allows little people to be nurtured, crack out of their shell and take flight into the big wide world.

Thank you Baringhup Primary School. Thank you Daryl Young for your great community arts. Thank you Janette Leaver principal for your vision and daring. One creative act has given wings to a whole new idea. Here’s to those who remind us to be our best selves with and for each other.

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2017 Project Outcomes

2017 Delivery Partner

West Heidelberg – St. Pius X Primary School

2017 Funding Partners

Sidney Myer Fund | The William Buckland Foundation | The Packer Family Foundation