Community Cultural Development at STARTTS (The NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors) aims to develop cultural capital, production, training and access to the arts for community groups, professional artists and young people from a refugee background in NSW, Australia. The project is funded by the Australia Council for the Arts and the Westpac Foundation. Major projects that STARTTS is involved include an African dance training program that will lead to a performance at Parramatta Riverside Theatre on 30 November 2012. This performance will showcase the various youth, community and professional refugee African groups that we have been working with. Other community cultural development projects include developing a professional Iranian/Kurdish music group, a refugee art project in Coffs Harbour schools, organising visits to the theatre for various groups, and running a youth creative writing workshop. We also provide pre-loved pianos to community independent refugee music groups, some which may be religious groups whilst others are secular in nature. We hope that this will enhance music making capabilities in the various communities.
General information about STARTTS: The NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors helps refugees deal with their past experiences and build a new life in Australia. Services include counselling, group therapy, programs for children and young people, community development activities and physiotherapy. We also work with other organisations and individuals to help them work more effectively with refugees. Opened in 1988, STARTTS is one of Australia's leading organisations for the treatment of torture and trauma survivors.