The Lost Generation Project
Giving people with intellectual disablity a voice through film and digital media.
The Lost Generation Project is 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 facilitates 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 is done using documentary, animation, music and video. Films are screened publicly, and used for advocacy, employment and training purposes. To date, almost 200 films have been screened at 27 public screenings across the Perth metropolitan area.
A significant case study of The Lost Generation Project is underway. For more information on this evaluation, visit the Disseminate website.