I really enjoyed it - the digital art, animation, drawing and talking to Sam.

West Coast Youth

Digital Connections

10,000,000 tick tick tick tick ticks etc. YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESS!!!

Adelaide Illustrator and youth facilitator Sam Wannan delivered FREE digital animation and illustration workshops to young people from Streaky Bay and Elliston and the broader community in the lead up to SA Youth Week 2019 from Monday 1 to Friday 5 April.


The project was delivered as part of a partnership between the District Councils of Streaky Bay and Elliston and was supported by the Streaky Bay and Elliston Area Schools.


The West Coast Youth: Digital Connections project received $4,990 of grant funding from a Country Arts SA Step Up Grant in December 2018 through the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund.


Mr. Wannan says, “A few weeks ago I had the great opportunity to head over to Elliston and Streaky Bay to run a series of workshops teaching digital art and animation.  It was amazing seeing the creativity and talent that everyone had and I'm super proud to show off the final result of everyone's work!.”


The outcomes of the project were impressive:

  • In Elliston 35 youth and 3 adults participated in workshops across 2 days

  • In Streaky Bay 44 youth and 9 adults participated in workshops across 3 days

  • 2 digital animations for each community have been uploaded to YouTube and are also featured on visiblestreakybay.com


Reponses from the participant surveys were positive.  100% of participants enjoyed the workshops and learnt new skills.  100% said they would attend a similar workshop if held in the future.  A common thread in the responses was that they had been provided with an opportunity that they had not had before and that they valued learning a new art medium while, being able to continue to develop their skills with the FREE software app that was provided to them.


Jessica Davis, Community & Economic Development Officer, District Council of Streaky Bay says, “This was a great art project in the lead up to SA Youth Week which captured the imagination of our youth.  We are thrilled with the positive outcomes including the creation of new video works and the artistic collaborations between young people and the wider community.  We acknowledge the grant funding from Country Arts SA through Regional Arts Australia which really enabled youth living in a region that is rural, remote and isolated.”


The Regional Arts Fund is administered on behalf of the Australian Government by Regional Arts Australia and its member organisations which include Country Arts SA.  The next funding round closes on 15 March 2019 for projects that commence after 1 July 2019.


For information about the Regional Arts Fund please visit www.countryarts.org.au


For more information about the West Coast Youth: Digital Connections project please contact Jayne Holland, Project Manager, District Council of Streaky Bay, 0427 706 454

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