Small Shift was engaged by Hume Community Housing Association to provide community art facilitation services for its residents. Based on the community directions, we designed an interactive painting session through which the residents can tell their stories; and co-created a mural with the community.
Often communities’ challenges, values and aspirations come out when they are working on a project together, rather than structured engagement methods. The participants, who didn’t think of themselves as creatives in the beginning, inspired each other with techniques, ideas and stories, and created something that represents them. After we finished, we lined up the boards and stared at them in silence as if we had agreed to do so. It was an amazing moment.