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About Propel

Propel Youth Arts WA is the peak body for youth arts in Western Australia, working in collaboration with artists, communities and organisations to ensure that young people are equipped to inspire arts and culture.

Propel is a membership-based not-for-profit incorporated association established in 2003 as the Youth Arts Network and formerly known as Propelarts. Propel acts as the peak body for the youth arts sector, servicing young people aged 12 - 26 by connecting artists, youth workers, practitioners, arts collectives and communities with relevant organisations.

Providing services and programs across all art forms, we provide access to information, networks, mentoring, skills development and employment in the arts and creative industries to young people and those who work with them. Propel is focused on arts advocacy, skills development and access to opportunities, for those already engaged in the arts and those who would like to be.


Youth Week WA KickstART Festival | Image by Naomi Craigs

Youth Week WA KickstART Festival | Image by Naomi Craigs

Our Vision

A cohesive and inclusive community where creative potential is supported for all young people.

Our Mission

We are the peak body for youth arts in Western Australia, working in collaboration with artists, communities, and organisations to ensure that young creative people can authentically engage in our creative industries and contribute to our society.

Our Purpose

To foster the enjoyment, understanding, and development of the arts in Western Australia by providing young people of all backgrounds with access, opportunities, and relevant support to challenge, innovate, and make positive contributions.

Our Values

Youth Leadership

Providing opportunities for young people in Western Australia to develop and influence our direction – ensuring that our programs, initiatives and advocacy respond to their needs – and exemplifying best practice in youth arts for other artists and organisations to follow.

Creative Expression

In all forms of art, including art as process, art as presentation, art as experience, art as education, and art in everyday life. We acknowledge the importance of art as an ongoing expression of identity, place and belonging, and encourage young people to question the world around them.

Inclusivity & Accessibility

For all young people across WA, regardless of their cultural background, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, geographical location, and socio-economic status. We value the many voices of young people in our State, especially those who are under-represented.

 

Amplifying Young Voices

Actively listening to and advocating for our young people, and helping to facilitate opportunities for their creative or career development, as well as collaborating with other organisations to achieve these aims for the betterment of arts and culture in Western Australia.

 

Ethical Practice

Transparent and effective governance, with an actively engaged Board and staff team who have the skills to ensure robust and responsive approaches to our work. All of our decision-making is supported by our membership of young people, artists, arts workers, and organisations.


Polylingual Readings Night | Image by Tasha Faye

Polylingual Readings Night | Image by Tasha Faye

Our Services

Membership

Free membership for ages 12-26, $20 per year for individuals aged 27+, and tiered memberships for groups / organisations. Member benefits include: free or discounted entry to Propel events, funding support, grant auspicing, fortnightly e-zine, promotional opportunities, ongoing advocacy, voting rights at the AGM, and opportunities to nominate for the Propel Board. Click here to join Propel now.

Advice, Support & Referral

Providing specialist advice and professional support to members, artists, arts workers, and cultural organisations. Propel consistently responds to requests for information in-person or via email, phone, regular mail, and social media. Our website lists an arts industry directory, links to funding opportunities, and the Amplifier Arts Business Guide. Arrange a meeting with Propel by emailing us at hello@propel.org.au.

Advocacy

Engaging membership and stakeholders to consult and on issues relating to young people and the arts. Propel maintains open relationships with all levels of government, providing youth with opportunities to voice aspirations and concerns relating to the arts in WA, and conduct research into youth arts issues and trends.

Promotion

Promoting opportunities, news and events that are relevant to its network of artists, arts workers and arts organisations. Propel profiles the work of young artists and arts workers, and provides platforms for members to share news and events. If you would like for us to promote or profile your youth-relevant news or event, you can add your content to our website or email us for consideration in our social media posts.

Professional Services

Fee-for-service consulting and coordination of events such as workshops, forums, events, and special activations. These professional services are tailored to the needs and requirements of the client. If you are interested in engaging Propel to consult or coordinate a youth event for your community, contact our General Manager Jamie McGleave at jamie@propel.org.au.


Mosaic Exhibition | Image by Umairah Murtaza

Mosaic Exhibition | Image by Umairah Murtaza

Our Programs

Youth Week WA KickstART Festival

The KickstART Festival is the flagship event for Youth Week WA. It aims to showcase the skills of young people, and empowers them to make a positive contribution to their community, through arts markets, workshops, forums and activities. Find out more here.

 

Drug Aware YCulture Metro

A project funding and skills development initiative providing arts grants of up to $3,000 for people aged 12 - 26. These grants are for early career artists who would like to plan and coordinate their own projects or initiatives across any artistic medium. Find out more here.

 

Mosaic

A unique community based photography project, Mosaic offers everybody in WA the chance to take a photo on an allocated day and send it back to have it shown in a professionally produced exhibition. Find out more here.

 

The Sketchbook Project

Each year, Propel sends out sketchbooks to young participants across WA. All sketchbooks received are then displayed at the State Library of WA before embarking on a tour of regional and suburban libraries. Find out more here and here.

 

Amplifier 

Amplifier is a free arts business guide and networking program designed to sharpen the arts business skills of emerging Perth metro artists and arts workers aged 18-30 years. Find out more here.