About Western Edge Youth Arts

Western Edge Youth Arts works across Melbourne’s western suburbs, providing space for young people to come together to tell their own stories, in their own way and with their own voice. By providing a safe space to explore creativity, learn new artistic practices, and develop leadership skills, WEYA constructs supportive pathways for young people to achieve their own creative agency.

Each year, WEYA works with over 300 young collaborators, and approximately 35 Support Artists, Lead Artists,  professional guest artists, and creatives. We partner with multiple local councils, schools, community service organisations, local businesses and venues, to deliver approximately 170 workshops, creative projects, and performances for over 2000 audience members.

Our Vision:
A thriving next generation of influential artistic and cultural leaders who mirror an ever-evolving Australia.
Our purpose
To provide safe spaces for young collaborators from Melbourne’s west to step into their power, tell their own stories, in their own way, and with their own voice. We construct supportive pathways for young people to achieve their own creative agency, learn new artistic practices and develop leadership skills.
Our Values:
Inclusivity | Empathy | Respect Transparency | Safety | Access and Equity
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History

WEYA was established in 2005, delivering one school-based program and one community-based program, which have become the foundation of our company, nurturing strong reciprocal relationships with structurally disadvantaged and under-represented communities. From this foundation, WEYA has grown exponentially. We have tripled the capacity of those core programs, supporting the next generation of cultural and artistic leaders. These leaders are now employed by the company as facilitators, Support Artists, Board members, and have also initiated and collaborated on ground-breaking cross-cultural projects with communities across Australia.

“I didn’t interact with as many people before this program and now I have a family.”

Manor Lakes Secondary College student