Tenants invited to Engage in Art this International Day of People with Disability

18 Nov 2019

Access Housing will host an art display and tenant-led forum as part of 2019 International Day of People with Disability celebrations.

International Day of People with Disability is a United Nations sanctioned day that is celebrated internationally each year on 3 December. It aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate their achievements and contributions.

Access Housing was successful in securing a $1,000 grant from the Department of Communities (Disability Services) for our Engaging in Art: International Day of People with Disability Art Display and Forum event.

The event will see Access Housing tenants living with a disability invited to display their inspiring artwork at our head office at Rivervale, enjoy a light lunch in the company of each other, Access Housing staff and other invited stakeholders and lead a collaborative and strength-based forum to discuss their participation in art and raise awareness of opportunities that exist for meaningful and inclusive participation in the community via art for people living with a disability.

Access Housing Practice Consultant Alison Paterson said many of the company’s tenants living with a disability had a passion for art and stories to tell.

“Empowering tenants to share their life and artistic experiences with others in a strength-based forum celebrates the wealth of knowledge that people living with a disability have and provides an avenue for them to improve their confidence to participate in art, network with other tenant artists, learn more about the wellbeing benefits that art can bring and learn about accessible and inclusive community services that can assist them in their artistic endeavours,” Alison said.

Access Housing will be inviting community service organisations operating in the creative space to the Engaging in Art event so they can learn from our tenants to help build their own capacity to be more inclusive.

The information that is captured during forum discussions will directly inform Access Housing’s tenant engagement and capacity building programs, disability engagement planning and feed into how Access Housing can refer tenants with a disability to arts services in the community.

For more information about Access Housing’s International Day of People with Disability Engaging in Art event, please contact Alison Paterson or Amy Kidner on 9430 0900.

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