The Lost Generation
The Lost Generation Project refers to a group of people with intellectual disability who have been institutionalised for most of their lives, and have little or no connection to their community. Each has a story yet to be told.
The concept for The Lost Generation Project emerged when the Disability Services Commission's Accomodation Services Directorate approached DADAA with the aim of seeking artistic and cultural solutions that would promote social inclusion for people with intellectual disability living in supported accommodation in Western Australia. Through what has become a robust partnership model, DADAA, DSC, local government and the WA community are collaborating to reconnect individuals to their communities through art.
- To develop local and cross-sector partnerships that sustain the project through tangible resources.
- To develop relationships between staff, stakeholders and partners to support individuals to participate, identify and achieve their aspirations as community citizens.
- To work with local governments to support inclusivity accross all areas of service delivery.
How the Project Works
The project revolves around the central aims of assisting the core participants (people with intellectual disability) to connect to their communities through arts and culture. The project uses primarily film as the medium for expression for the storytellers involved.
The project is designed to have six to nine month cycles that focus on working with approximately 50 participants who reside within a specific local government Area. The cycle begins with in-house workshops offering participants two and three dimensional visual arts, dance and music opportunities.
The project is designed to work with all community members through the Local Government Authority (including the City of Swan, the City of Melville and the City of Cockburn) and other community stakeholders who are interested. Each core project participant or storyteller is offered the opportunity to make a short film.
Coordinators with community development, artistic and project management skills provide the link between storytellers, families, DADAA, DSC, local government, and the art and film teams.
For more information on The Lost Generation Project, including films and case studies, visit the website of DADAA Disability in the Arts | Disadvantage in the Arts
Reprinted courtesy of DADAA