Culture Dose for Kids is an arts engagement program developed by the Black Dog Institute in collaboration with the Art Gallery of NSW, supporting young people aged 9 – 12 years with mild anxiety*.
After the initial success of the study in 2022, we are delighted to be able to pilot this important program at the new South East Centre for Contemporary Art, Bega (SECCA) this summer.
Engagement with the arts can help young people connect to their feelings, thoughts, and imagination. It can build self-confidence and resilience, foster social connections and improve mental health and well-being.
In this study, we’re inviting children (aged 9-12) who are experiencing mild anxiety to take part in an 8-week art program in a small group setting at SECCA. The program will provide a safe, structured space for young people and their parents/carers to engage with and respond creatively to artworks in the gallery space to explore their imagination, thoughts and feelings.
Young people (with their parent/carer) will be eligible to participate if they:
• Are between the ages of 9 to 12 in primary school
• Are able to travel to the gallery
• You (the parent or caregiver) believe your child experiences mild anxiety*
*Anxiety itself is a normal emotion. However, some young people worry more than others, either through a greater number of worries or more frequent or intense worries. For research purposes in this project, mild anxiety refers to children who worry a little more than their peers but have not been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.
18 November – 6 January
8 week program on Saturdays 9.30am – 11.30am
South East Centre for Contemporary Art (SECCA)
Shirley Hannan Project Space
Zingel PlaceBega NSW 2550
Limited to 10 participants and their parent/guardian.