A major challenge to social policy over the next two decades, and beyond, will be the large numbers of disadvantaged Australians excluded from participation in the mainstream economic and social life of the nation. Upbeat Arts (School of Hard Knocks Ltd) was established in response to this and provides an innovative approach to improving the health and life of its students.
People who are disadvantaged, marginalised or socially excluded often feel a great sense of failure or alienation and our programs are designed to address this. We have developed a unique teaching methodology that allows us to use the arts to:
Our programs involve participants in arts and well-being activities, led by the country's best arts practitioners, in the highest quality rehearsal and performance venues, with 'performance' as a key outcome. Participants are typically referred to us by health and welfare organisations. We have strong relationships with many of these organisations who refer their clients.
Studies show that a hearty session of creativity can equate to a good physical workout and stimulate the body, mind and spirit! We've developed, piloted and currently run a wide range of innovative arts programs including choral, drama, instrumental and creative writing.
We also develop and lead 'Mission Choirs' in association with City Councils and community and welfare organisations which enable them to engage isolated members of their communities.