beyond empathy | Accessville
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About This Project

Accessville is an arts led project to engage the young people in Bowraville and other north coast communities community. Accessville’s aim if to give young people a vision beyond the sometimes, limiting experiences of their small communities. The project uses BE’s proven community arts and cultural development strategy, to enable young people in developing the skills they need to better engage with their community, stimulate genuine access across the community and assist them to create art works that give them a voice.


Accessville works with the most marginalised Aboriginal young people in Bowraville and other communities, turning risk-taking and anti-social behaviour into safe participatory ones and build community respect. Through Accessville young people engage in workshops with local artists, cultural guides and Elders, presenting art works through public outcomes, often at festival events outside their community. BE then supports young people to translate the experiences, products they produce and public outcomes they attend to better engage with community back at home.


Accessville supports young people to initiate and sustain a local radio program, a festival performance troupe and leadership in local community development processes. Accessville utilises work experience opportunities through partners, and local government organisations. Positive outcomes from this project include paid contract work for the festival troupe at regional festivals.