Muddy Puddles celebrated NAIDOC week on June 11 with an indigenous art workshop and morning tea.
Forty people enjoyed getting their hands dirty with indigenous artist Bronwen Smith, from Gwiyaala Aboriginal Arts.
“I have loved working with Muddy Puddles and the amazing kids and families that use the service,” Ms Smith said.
There were lots of smiling faces and children eager to have their hands covered in paint and make their mark on the large canvas and wood totems. In keeping with the theme “Because of her, we can ...” mothers and grandmothers helped create beautiful and meaningful art.
The finished works will be displayed at the new Muddy Puddles Therapy Centre, due for completion next month.
Leila Berjaoui and Amy Teale - Masters of Occupational Therapy students from the University of Canberra –planned the day. They are completing an eight-week placement at Muddy Puddles.
“We have loved being involved,” Ms Berjaoui said. “We have seen how important it is to provide a service that is culturally sensitive and welcoming to families who come from diverse cultural backgrounds”.
“NAIDOC week is about people from all walks of life celebrating the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,” Ms Teale said.
Muddy Puddles is a not-for-profit organisation providing therapy and education programs for children and young people with a disability, their families, and the community to promote development, awareness and inclusion.