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Community art that touches your heart

Posted by Kerrie Gottliebsen | 24/10/12

You really know when you’ve touched someone’s heart when you make them cry with happiness. Such are the emotions evoked by the wonderful art exhibition provided by students from Footscray West Primary School. Although some staff, children and parents from Footscray West Primary school had attended a Tweddle program, Children’s Week 2012 officially brought the two 90 plus year old community institutions together.

Principal Brendan Millar and art teacher Susie Belcher agreed to donate children’s art to Tweddle to help brighten the living areas. Every student in the school in some way contributed to this remarkable project and they did it with pride. They knew they were helping. Tweddle CEO Vivienne Amery and Footscray West Primary School Principal Brendan Millar agreed that the project connected with the heart and had cemented a partnership that had not previously existed.

The community event was helped along with donations from local Footscray Supermarket, Sims, Officeworks in Yarraville and a dedicated installation team from Footscray West Primary. Despite having only 30 canvases to work with, art teacher Susie made sure all students felt part of the project.

The inclusive nature of the school is evident in their approach to the project. Families staying at Tweddle are often doing it tough and to be surrounded by colourful, joyful pom poms, dream catchers, painted family portraits and papier mache families can help lift spirits and remind us of the joys and magic of childhood.

A gallery of art will be featured shortly on the Tweddle website.

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