Inala Wangarra in partnership with Queensland State Library and the Western Suburbs Special School, deliver a creative development of THE BEST with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children living with disability. Originally created by the now closed arts organisation, Contact Inc, THE BEST engages young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children living with a disability and explored concepts of love, culture and health.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are often overlooked within traditional disability frameworks with very little programming specifically designed for them and their families that is inclusive of their cultures, abilities and access issues. This project worked to engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children living with disability, their families, professional artists, their school and support services in a 4 week creative process that led to a community outcome celebrating the participants and their creations.
The participants explored notions of love, family, culture and friendship, and together with the team of artists, constructed a party. A party that was designed by them to be 100% accessible. A space where their access needs weremet without question. A space that was welcoming, loving and fun for their friends, family and community members to share their stories, ideas, hopes and concerns. A party where they were the stars, the welcomed and the welcomers.