In July, Diversitat submitted The KuLoo Arts: Karen and Karenni Weavers Program as part of the Victorian Multicultural Awards for Excellence in the Community Innovation Category. The Awards attracted over 170 nominations across 12 categories with 21 individuals and organisations receiving awards last month. Diversitat did not receive an award however we were very proud to have been awarded a Certificate of Merit in acknowledgement of our important contribution to Victoria’s multicultural community.
The KuLoo Arts: Karen and Karenni Weavers program is a unique and innovative project delivered by Diversitat Aged Support and Diversitat Arts Unit. The program provides assistance and support for up to 12 elderly participants (mostly over 65) Karen/Karenni (Burmese) clients, female and male to promote, preserve and showcase their culture within the Geelong region.
The Department of Health – Commonwealth Home Support Program funded – Planned Activity group operates weekly and has significant involvement with a wider community. The KuLoo Arts group has been operating for 11 months and is supported by Diversitat’s Community Enterprise Stitch, offering a platform to sell created items and to raise the awareness of our local diversity through new products on the market.