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Youth Solutions’ award-winning ARTucation project combines drug and alcohol harm prevention and creative expression into a program specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, and their peers, aged 12 – 18 years.

ARTucation’s creative cultural activities, drug and alcohol education and harm prevention messages ensure this fun workshop series builds knowledge and skills to reduce drug and alcohol–related harm.

The project includes at least one creative/cultural workshop delivered by a First Nations creative or facilitator. Activity options include painting, ceramics weaving, dancing or Traditional Indigenous Games.

ARTucation can be delivered to groups of young people in local high schools, primary schools, community or youth centres or other alternate learning facilitates. ARTucation is carefully tailored to suit the needs and interests of each group and can be delivered via face-to-face group sessions, or online group sessions.

The project was named the winner of the 2020 ZEST Award for Outstanding Project Working With Aboriginal Communities in Western Sydney.

“Great program, very educational and could help save many lives. Well done and well presented by all facilitators.”  – Aboriginal Education Coordinator from local high school 

What do people say about ARTucation?

What will I learn at ARTucation?

ARTucation consists of a minimum of 4 workshops (including 1 cultural/creative workshop) which focus on knowledge and skill development to reduce drug and alcohol–related harm. The project is informed by evidence, curriculum and local community need and is carefully tailored to meet the age, knowledge level, needs and interests of each.

Through ARTucation,  young people to learn about:

  • First Nations Culture
  • The effects of drugs and alcohol
  • Safety around drugs and alcohol
  • Standard drinks
  • Responding to an emergency
  • Mental health
  • Dealing with stress positively
  • Support services

ARTucation participants gain skills in:

  • Identifying and assessing safety and risk
  • Implementing harm reduction strategies around alcohol and other drugs
  • Identifying stressors and implementing positive coping strategies
  • Accessing help services

“Excellent. Really interactive. Students thoroughly enjoyed it.” Well presented, great content.”  – High School Teacher 

Funding and support

ARTucation was developed in 2013 and in 2015 was named the winner of the Champions of the West Award for Indigenous Excellence. ARTucation was also named the winner of the 2020 ZEST Award for Outstanding Project Working With Aboriginal Communities in Western Sydney.

ARTucation is funded by NSW Health and South Western Sydney Local Health District. The project is supported by renowned Aboriginal artist Danielle Mate.

Need more info?

Contact the the Youth Solutions team on 02 4628 2319 or via email at

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