With Colourful Dreaming, SHINE for Kids aims to support Indigenous children in rural NSW who have an incarcerated parent to participate in artistic and cultural activities.
- SHINE will run a support program for at-risk Aboriginal children aged 10–15 years who have a parent in prison. The program will encourage these children to explore their personal challenges through artwork and increase their sense of cultural identity. Cultural knowledge will be transmitted between Aboriginal Elders and children. The activity will also promote contact between the children and their imprisoned fathers.
- The activity will increase public awareness of Wiradjuri culture within the prison system and the wider community through a travelling exhibition of artworks created by the participating children. Each location for the exhibition will feature an opening night and invitations will be circulated to the organisation's network of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community groups, prison staff, and members of the public. The project will be promoted to the organisation's volunteers and supporters.
- Group cultural workshops will focus on Wiradjuri clan totems; bush tucker; breathing techniques for playing the didgeridoo; traditional stories; and art.
- The children will be encouraged to build positive family relationships; to develop awareness of their emotions; to communicate with their incarcerated parents; and to develop increased self esteem in a supportive environment. The activity aims to significantly improve the life chances of participants and reduce the risk of their future involvement in crime by strengthening social support and cultural connections.
The project will be developed and conducted from 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2011 and will take place in Wagga Wagga, Junee and Narrandera.
Colourful Dreaming has been made possible with financial support from the Australian Government's Indigenous Cultural Support (ICS).