The Freedom Project

Kickstart Arts successfully applied to the 2020 Tasmanian Community Fund to run The Freedom Project:

A three year pilot program starting in 2021.

Project Manager and Arts Co-ordinator Caroline Amos will work in partnership with Community Corrections and a variety of arts workers to support individuals in the Justice system, predominantly through the Court Mandated Diversion (CMD) Program.  The CMD Program is a sentencing option in the Magistrate’s and Supreme Court which allows eligible and suitable offenders to be sentenced to correctional treatment within the community as opposed to serving a custodial sentence.  Freedom Project placements will also be offered to suitable clients on parole or probation orders. 

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Establishment of a Permanent Art Room

This innovative three year pilot project will establish The Art Room at the Kickstart Arts Creative Living Park; a brand new arts facility led by professional teaching artists that will safely support participants to:

  • Improve understanding of themselves and of the world around them 

  • Be inspired to learn and practice new skills in a variety of creative arts practices, including creative thinking and techniques in making art 

  • Experience positive feelings of success and achievement leading to improved self-esteem, self-confidence and greater self-efficacy 

  • Improve their ability to form and maintain positive relationships 

  • Learn strategies for dealing with stress and recovery from addictive behaviours 

  • Develop pathways to engagement with the broader community, lifelong learning and programs bringing new opportunities for pro social engagement and new friendship groups through art programs and exhibitions of achievements.

  • Eliminate criminogenic behaviours

Magistrates have shown strong support towards CMD participants engaging in The Freedom Project and have approved their engagement in the project as ‘Life Work Hours’.  

 

These compulsory pro-social activities must be completed in order to progress through their drug treatment order.  CMD participants are required to complete 220 hours of Life Work Hours to meet their commitments to the court and graduate from the CMD program.  

 

Kickstart Arts is thrilled to be offering this groundbreaking restorative arts-justice collaboration, which offers a new kind of hope to offenders in the CMD program and a new rehabilitation option for the Justice system. 

Therapeutic jurisprudence is now being recognised worldwide as an effective way to stop the cycle of offending and offer new pathways to societal engagement and success in life, this is the first project of its kind in Australia. 

For more information about The Freedom Project, please contact Caroline via email: freedom@kickstart.org.au

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Call out for Arts Practitioners

Are you an established arts practitioner who has each of the following?

  • A proven record of managing groups of people to achieve desired outcomes,

  • A demonstrated ability to work with people with complex needs,

  • Well developed team skills 

  • Demonstrate an aptitude for working with people with little or no previous artistic experience, and

  • An ability to bring about positive change for people with low incentive 

If this sounds like you, you may want to send us an expression of interest to be involved in the project.