Community First and dynamic Ability Arts to receive funding

 L-R: Tina Fielding, Kellee Aberg, Michael Tillbrook and Kristi Mc'Inerney from Poles Apart Theatre Company and the Ability Arts program at Community First.

L-R: Tina Fielding, Kellee Aberg, Michael Tillbrook and Kristi Mc'Inerney from Poles Apart Theatre Company and the Ability Arts program at Community First.

Community First’s Ability Arts program runs five days a week providing arts based programs in Mandurah. You may know the program from its involvement with the Stretch Arts Festival.

Community First and Ability Arts are well known for its progressive intiatives which include the Corner Shop and Poles Apart, the Ability Arts theatre group.  It was the only organisation in the Peel Region to recieve part of the State Government’s $24 million for regional arts in WA.

The funding supports clients with disabilities, additionally it also works to benefit the broader Peel Region through strategic initiatives that foster social change and artistic excellence.

Team Leader Tennille O’Neill states “As the only organisation to receive this funding in the Peel Region, we feel a responsibility to use the funding in a way that benefits not only the artists of our program, but artists and community members from across Peel.”

Ability Arts is a hugely successful program that began 30 years ago as a small Mandurah Community Youth Support provider growing into the dynamic program it is today.

Community First is selling calendars for $10 from their pop-up Shop, the Corner Shop at 6 Cumberland St, Mandurah. The shop also sells magnets, succulents, pottery and artworks. Well worth a look if you are wanting something unique!