A respected indigenous elder once gave Ken Duncan a precious key to understanding people: “If you really want to know someone, you need to walk a while with them.”
The primary objective of Walk a While Foundation is to walk alongside the indigenous people of central Australia, using the creative arts as common ground, to provide youth with equipment and skills to tell their stories and to provide them with meaningful employment opportunities for the future.
We often tend to look to government to bring about unity and reconciliation, but that only increases the likelihood of the process becoming polarised and more bureaucratic. Politics won’t bring unity to our nation. It will only happen through people who demonstrate – and drive – reconciliation. It will be a great day when we all learn to walk a while together in this beautiful country we call home.
Initially Walk a While focused on photography, video and music and – with assistance from some of Australia’s finest artists – the project quickly gained momentum. Central to the plan is to show our indigenous friends how they can make a living from the creative arts. This way, they will begin to see wider choices for their future and free themselves from the cycle of government aid, which erodes identity and self-respect.
Until now, Walk a While teams have taken their own equipment when visiting the community. But when the team leaves, so does the technology. The immediate – and urgent – goal is to secure a permanent building for a Creative Arts & Technologies Centre, to house instructors and equipment and to provide a base for training in a variety of creative arts, including photography, cinematography, music, website development and design.
We have people willing ready to man the centre and generous suppliers prepared to donate equipment, technology and software.
Walk a While, now listed in the Australian Register of Cultural Organisations, is able to receive tax-deductible donations for its core objects. We are thankful for the ongoing support of the Honourable Alison Anderson, MLA, and her chief adviser, Kelvin McCann.
Read more or support the project using the links below.
HELP RAISE THE CROSS
There is another arm of Walk a While which is separate from – yet connected to – the primary objectives. It is the construction of a 20-metre-high cross in Central Australia.
Every great dream needs a solid foundation from which to grow. If you would like to be part of initiating and developing creative opportunities for youth in remote indigenous communities, or Help Raise the Cross, come “walk a while” with us.