Contributed by Sheena Mathieson
Make a Day in Hume is a vibrant group of young adults with disabilities living in the City of Hume, plus carers and people who just love coming along to enjoy the ‘ride’. Sheena Mathieson facilitates this group– engaging participants in the creation of art but also organising fun events and outings on a regular basis. The basis of Sheena’s facilitation practice is that everyone is an artist and that art (in the broadest sense of the word) is everywhere.
As Sheena says: ‘The general rule is that every second get-together we stay in and make art at our base (Banksia Gardens Community Services in Broadmeadows, or another site of choice) and every other time we head out and about to see art! We have the best time.’
In August of 2015, Make a Day in Hume had a special guest artists who lives and practises in the City of Hume come to tell her story. She subsequently wrote a beautiful piece about the group – see http://idoartkarenrobinson.com/2015/08/22/artist-talks/
And then in September 2015, Sheena realised a dream of hers and organised for Make a Day in Hume to have their first weekend away at her family holiday house in South East Gippsland. To see what the group got up to have a look at the little ‘film’ they made at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-7u6aqKxCo&feature=youtu.be
[note from Speakers Bank: Sheena has allowed us to share this article as a means to advocate for the youth with disabilities, and how art helps them cope. For more information, about her Make a Day in Hume program, contact Sheena Mathieson directly at Woman-made http://www.woman-made.biz ]