STREAT defies the odds and just keeps on giving in order to support disadvantaged young people, giving them a second shot at life.
Previous projects conceived under the long-standing partnership include a series of creative writing workshops which resulted in a collection of stories housed on a map of Melbourne’s CBD by artist Alex Hotchin; the words winding through the streets. The design was then printed on wrapping paper and made available in exchange for a gold coin donation at Melbourne Central shopping centre.
In 2019, STREAT and RMIT collaborated on DISRUPT: a collection of found objects from the streets of Melbourne – including shopping lists, love letters and itemised receipts – which were transposed onto a city map and exhibited at the University’s Urban Square.
STREAT CEO Bec Scott reflected on the relationship with RMIT:
'Over ten years ago our first nine young trainees paired up with RMIT writing students to co-create street poetry and these creative collaborations have continued across the whole decade. We're really excited to be working again with Bowen Street Press on well-being material to include with the thousands of meals we're providing to vulnerable Victorians during the pandemic. Here's to the next decade of working together.'
The partnership between RMIT and STREAT also includes a focus on social innovation through RMIT’s Social Innovation Hub; exploring new ways of achieving social, economic and educational innovation and impact. “STREAT is a remarkable organisation and a great partner with us in exploring economic, social and educational innovation in a number of forms. We are working together to find new ways to innovate institutions and policy to achieve social outcomes.” Ciannon Cazaly, Social Innovation Partnerships Manager
Story and photo: Ali Barker and Georgie Martin