For nearly 30 years, DADAA has been at the forefront of disability arts in Western Australia. From arts mentoring and workshops through to collaborating with disadvantaged communities on large scale projects, providing access to arts and culture for people with disability is at the heart of everything we do.
We aspire to be a voice of ambition, daring, and innovation. To challenge preconceptions and perceptions, think differently and freely, and create great art – art that changes people’s lives.
Art for social change: what we do
DADAA partners and works with emerging and established artists, communities, arts organisations, local and state governments, and not-for-profits.
DADAA produces community arts and regional development projects which focus on inclusion and capacity building. Taking the stories and voices of people with disability to audiences and communities.
DADAA is a registered NDIS Provider. We support individual choices and pathways into and across the arts through our year-round program of arts workshops and mentoring.
DADAA’s Arts and Client Services teams make sure that each person we work with has arts development opportunities, as well as their disability, social, and emotional support needs met along the way.
Through our programs and projects we advocate for a change; influencing the national conversation around arts, disability, equity, and inclusion.
In 1986, a small group of artists with disability met to discuss starting their own WA-based arts organisation. It is from this meeting that DADAA slowly grew, from a pilot project it became an organisation in its own right in 1994: taking the name Disability in the Arts, Disadvantage in the Arts, Australia – DADAA.
Over time, the organisation has changed significantly as it has responded to the growing demand from people with disability and lived experience of mental ill-health for access to arts and cultural activities.
DADAA is supported by Federal and State governments to deliver on its expertise in arts and disability. DADAA is also a nationally registered NDIS Provider and Health Service Provider, supporting hundreds of people with disability to participate in the arts and cultural life of their communities and grow their skills and experience.