On Monday 14 December, the Art of Resilience Project Documentary was released in the Makerspace Studio within the Parkes Library and Cultural Centre. The Art of Resilience Project was designed to give the youth of the Parkes Shire a voice, an opportunity to display their creative talents and a mechanism to assist them in coping with the difficulties they have been facing, in the form of the drought, bushfires and COVID-19.

Manager Cultural Education & Library Services Kerryn Jones said, "This fabulous initiative highlighted the importance of the arts in well-being and mental health and provided new and exciting experiences for the youth of the Parkes Shire. It also provided powerful proof that the arts are an important component in supporting well-being, a lifeline for expression and an activity that enhances the human condition."

Mayor of Parkes Shire Cr Ken Keith OAM said, "This project championed the youth of the Parkes Shire, mentored creativity, started conversations around drought and resilience and allowed a diverse range of people across the Parkes Shire to get involved.

"The Art of Resilience Project was led by Sean James Cassidy, Kerrie Peden and members of Ub Ubbo Exchange. I would like to extend a massive congratulations and thank you to them, for their contribution and efforts. Thank you to the Australian Government for supporting the project through the Drought Communities Programme," added Cr Keith.

A total of 130 entries were received across the Parkes Shire, with 24 Winners and Highly Commended awardees. A total of 11 more entrants were also awarded a Special Mention. The winners and highly commended awardees were then involved in producing a documentary sharing their stories behind the artwork they created.

The documentary will be featured in the Art Exhibition 'Revival' in the Coventry Room within the Parkes Library and Cultural Centre until Australia Day. Otherwise, you can view the documentary on Parkes Shire Council's YouTube channel.