Empowering Newtown youth through art
March 29, 2018
A new arts programme for teens is set to launch next term in Newtown following a successful holiday programme trial last year at the Mt Vic Hub.
ART JAM will run a holiday programme for intermediate students from April 16 – 27 at the Newtown Hall, before launching officially at the start of Term 2.
Classes will run Monday to Friday during school hours and students will learn mural and street art painting, song writing, drum playing and film making.
ART JAM is the brain-child of Josh Menheere and Jamen Moss who wanted to establish a creative workshop programme for intermediate students.
Menheere first became interested in street art as a teenager in Australia, later working towards a visual arts course.
After studying Buddhism for six years, he began a “pop art therapy” holiday programme in the United States, working with children from a variety of faith backgrounds.
The programme focused on engaging students in conversation about the world around them rather than colouring in butterflies.
Menheere and Moss met at their local yoga centre and bonded over a shared commitment to “service through art”.
“We decided to team up and make art, music and film workshops,” Menheere said. “ART JAM school is [about] art, music and film workshops around states of being.
“There’s already a focus on doing and having, but we’re human beings.”
Menheere and Moss draw inspiration from artist Keith Haring and musician Trevor Hall.
A former student, Maya said the open and caring environment made students comfortable to be themselves. “The activities have a genuine positive effect on people by allowing a creative outlet to release feelings and create solutions or closure.”
Her group’s project included a short film about the journey of a plastic bag from production to the mouth of an unfortunate dolphin.
Last weekend, the pair worked with CubaDupa goers to create a mural on Abel Smith Street.
- The ART JAM after-school programme will launch at the start of term 2. Sessions will run for 2 hours, Monday and Thursday nights, and will cost $25 per session.
You can book in via their website: https://stayinartjamschool.com/optin-18827395