Building on three years of work in Central and Western Australia, this Office for Learning and Teaching funded project took students from three different universities to work with Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities on service learning projects in the arts. These projects involved students working alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and Elders on community-led projects such as recording and writing albums, journalistic writing, documenting cultural activities, managing community festivals, and running school programs.


Curtin University

The Curtin University community service learning project involved arts students undertaking a semester long course that allowed them to work with local Indigenous communities on community led projects. Students participated in a range of preparation activities such as Indigenous culture and language training and then worked in teams with local organisations for most of the semester. They then finished off with guided reflection and presentation and celebration activities. Community led projects involve film and TV work, journalism, and a range of creative performances.


Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University

The Griffith University community service learning project in Tennant Creek involved a team of music students working with artists at the Winanjjikari Music Centre on recording sessions, mixing albums, songwriting workshops, and audio and lighting equipment set-ups for the Barkly Regional Arts Desert Harmony Festival. Students from the Queensland Conservatorium have travelled to Tennant Creek every year for the past five years.


University of Western Sydney

The University of Western Sydney community service learning project involved music and drama students assisting teachers in Bush Music Teaching in Tennant Creek and surrounding areas, including the trial of an e-mentoring system for teachers using video conferencing. It also involved music and drama students assisting in community projects with the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation.