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A new community street-art installation has been created by a group of young women through the <In.scribe> youth arts mentoring project.

The artwork is the culmination of an eight-week free program, delivered by Byron Youth Services (BYS).

Young people from six local schools participated in the program under the mentorship of regional artist and art therapist Karma Barnes and youth worker Dale Shaddick.

Young Arakwal woman Nickolla Clark, who was a participant in the program in 2014, opened the installation.

Program participant Kachina Maple said she found it ‘A great opportunity to work with my peers – the support of the mentors was invaluable.’

The project has been funded through small-arts grants and community funding over the years and is now looking for committed ongoing funding to secure regular programming.

Benefits of the program include enriching the lives of young people through creativity, building collaborative skills, creating opportunity for positive social and community engagement, and contributing to the region’s vibrancy through youthvoiced community arts.

Those interested in becoming a financial supporter of the project can contact Byron Youth Service.

Contact project founder Karma Barnes for more on [email protected] or www.karmabarnes.org/aboutinscribe.

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