Families snap up way to get children creative while exploring communities

HELPING to inspire photographers of the future, Urban Theatre Projects (Utp) in partnership with Community Minds (CM) piloted a ‘Rock Paper Snap!’ project during the April school holidays.

Offering an opportunity for primary school-aged children to explore their connection to people and place through photography, the project was fully booked.
Participants attended five workshops, developing creative skills, making social connections, discovering community assets and exploring the different elements of photography. 
Facilitated by artists Chanel Biala and Jagath Dheerasekara and Community Minds National Programs Manager Angela Crichton, the project encouraged participants to talk about photography as a tool for social change.
“The young people also used photography as a creative medium in claymation and collage making activities,” Angela said.
“Students identified what communities they were a part of and described what they looked and felt like.”
One student said “community is everything” while another from Panania, said her favourite part of the community was “the friendly neighbourhood”.
“When students discussed the benefits of local diversity, comments included, ‘we learn a lot by growing up with different people’ and ‘we discover different things about each other when there is diversity’,” Angela said.
Utp will host a celebration on June 18 where students and their families will receive a printed book of their collective work.