Posted on 14th Jan 2016

Youth Solutions’ award-winning ARTucation project is a creative arts and health promotion program targeting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, and their peers, aged 12 – 18 years.

ARTucation combines creative arts and Traditional Indigenous Games with drug and alcohol education and harm prevention messages. ARTucation consists of three fun and interactive education workshops which focus on knowledge and skill development and aim to reduce drug and alcohol related harm. ARTucation includes at least one creative workshop delivered by an Aboriginal artist or facilitator.

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

ARTucation helps young people to develop skills in:

  • understanding the negative health effects of using alcohol and other drugs
  • implementing harm reduction strategies around alcohol and other drugs
  • assessing safety and risk
  • identifying stressors and implementing positive coping strategies
  • effective communication and teamwork
  • accessing help and support services
  • learning about and connecting with Aboriginal culture

“Great program, very educational and could help save many lives. Well done and well presented by all facilitators.” – Teacher, 2019

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 can be carefully tailored to suit the needs and interests of each group.

Delivery options: ARTucation can be delivered via face-to-face group sessions, or online group sessions.

Project impact

The ARTucation project has had a great impact on its participants.

As part of our commitment to quality improvement and delivering programs that are outcomes-focused, Youth Solutions prioritises strong project evaluation, including data collection surveys from project participants.

“It helped me learn a lot about drugs and alcohol and about helping my friends if they need it.” Participant, 2019

The below infographic summarises the key ARTucation evaluation findings from the 2019 – 2020 financial year.



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Or contact the Youth Solutions team on 02 4628 2319 or via email at info@youthsolutions.com.au.

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Project summary


“Excellent. Really interactive. Students thoroughly enjoyed it.” Well presented, great content.”  – Teacher 2019


ARTucation was developed in 2013 and in 2015 was named the winner of the Champions of the West Award for Indigenous Excellence.

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

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