Community Arts & Health Projects
Soul Strong Society collaborates with communities, NGO’s, and governments in creative ways to ask questions about life and living. Depending on the needs of the community – initiatives will vary in content, practice, creative tools, and final outcomes.
Check out our team page to scope the talented individuals supporting communities and environments through creative practice. To chat to us about your creative arts and health project;
Soul Strong Society joined forces with Dr Irene Adams of Clinic Ammor and the children living in the favelas of Belo Horizonte, Brazil to explore poverty, wealth, and generosity through film.
In Kannur, India, Gurukkal C.M. Sherif and his family are bringing health and wellbeing to a spreading number of Western visitors and local people. Thanks to the shared knowledge of an ancient healing and fighting practice that was almost wiped out during British colonial rule, both Europeans and locals are reclaiming the health of their minds and bodies.
The exchange of knowledge and ‘way of life’ happening in Kannur is a real example of the value of a world full of diverse intelligence and understanding.
Bottom-up versus top-down media. Usually media is produced and controlled by those who ‘take’ the image, and ‘tell’ the story. In this project the Hesquiaht youth of Hot Springs Cove, Canada, used photography and multimedia to explore and share their stories, from their own point of view.
Soul Strong Society collaborated with STTARS (Survivors of Torture & Trauma Assistance & Rehabilitation) to create a photography program exploring resilience, and the practice, places, and people who have enabled their clients to continue to find hope and strength during extreme circumstances.
We know that young people are the most likely in society to take unsafe risks.We also know that young people thrive through learning to set goals, to work hard and to minimse risk through safe and skilful play.
Through this project the South Australian Circus Centre, Charles Sturt Council, Point A, Learn to Break, and Soul Strong Society developed a program built around safe risk taking. The idea being that teaching skilful mastery over bodies is the best way to help young people make wise choices about their bodies, prevent unsafe risk taking and build community.
“The evidence is clear and far-reaching. Spending time in the natural environment – in places like parks – is good for your mind, body and soul. Healthy Parks Healthy People seeks to reinforce and encourage the connections between a healthy environment and a healthy society.” Parks Victoria.
As part of the annual Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife Service Discovery Program creative practices such as Yoga, Kalari, mindfulness, and craft-arts are being used to connect National Parks visitors to nature.
“Set the body in motion and the psyche will heal itself” Gabrielle Roth
Soul Strong Society teamed up with The Mill and Point A to create the The Movement Is My Medicine Festival (MIMM). MIMM celebrated our ancient and modern understanding of the link between movement, the brain, the body and wellbeing.
Over 3-days, participants were invited to experience talks, demonstrations and classes from leading movement educators.