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Storyteller Gloria Stewart (front) with her sister

The Lost Generation Project

Giving people with intellectual disablity a voice through film and digital media.

The Lost Generation Project has been a seven-year a community arts and cultural development (CACD) initiative using film and digital media to promote the social inclusion of people with disability in Australia.

The project was conceived from a partnership between DADAA and the WA Disability Services Commission, which began in 2002. After working on 15 small projects, the partners decided to develop a large-scale project in 2007 to continue developing arts and cultural interventions with and for
people with intellectual disability living in supported accommodation across the Perth metropolitan area. The project's rich CACD strategy has seen numerous successful workshops, exhibitions and related projects come to fruition in partnership with local governments and other community arts organisations.

At its core, the project facilitated the creation of a series of short films featuring individual participants – or 'storytellers' – that express who they are and give them an opportunity to make a contribution to their community. This was done using documentary, animation, music and video. Films were screened publicly, and are still used for advocacy, employment and training purposes. During the life of the project, almost 200 films were screened at 27 public screenings across the Perth metropolitan area.

A significant case study of The Lost Generation Project was completed during 2012. For more information on this evaluation, visit the Disseminate website.

Now that the project has drawn to a close, DADAA continues to distribute copies of the films, upon request. It also arranges group screenings. During 2014, DADAA and DSC are working towards securing along-term archiving of project materials.

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