The Freedom Project

Free to be Me

 

We are offering people involved in the justice system for drug related offences a constructive alternative to a custodial sentence.

 

Freedom Arts provides a safe, non-judgemental creative environment where people undergoing difficult times can feel at home.

 

Lead artist Caroline Amos and project producer Richard Bladel are working with people who are on parole, probation orders or have been sentenced for non-violent drug offences through the Court Mandated Diversion (CMD) Program.

 

Depending on their interests, participants can take part in a wide variety of practical hands-on workshops in all kinds of artistic making and other skills such as gardening, philosophy, yoga and meditation.

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

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The First of its kind in Australia

 

Starting in 2021, this 4 year pilot project in partnership with Community Corrections - a section of The Department of Justice, Tasmania - is the first of its kind in Australia. 

 

Freedom is an action research project in which we are developing a program model that can be ongoing if found to be successful in supporting participants to develop a more positive future. 

 

The project is being evaluated by a professional social researcher, and the final report will be published thanks to a partnership with Anglicare Tasmania. 

 

Establishing a Permanent Art Room

We are establishing The Art Room at the Kickstart Arts Creative Living Centre as 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

We want to thank Anglicare Tasmania and Bethlehem House for their support for this project.

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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.