Youth Arts Yeppoon, initiated by Arts educator and Facilitator Lee-Ann Handley, was established this year after she had witnessed a strong need for more opportunities for youth engagement in creative pursuits. Now leading the way, inspiring other local arts orgs and popup shops to follow suit, Lee-Ann couldn’t be more excited for the future of youth arts. In lieu of a local video showcasing genuine arts programs for youth (meaning I’ll have to make one soon 😉 ) be inspired by this TEDx Talk advocating arts for youth and the critical value of creative thinking.

Why Youth Arts?

Head of Visual Arts and Drama at St Brendan’s College, Lee-Ann says it’s a blessing that in her educators’ role she is able to contribute her passion for the arts in her career and in the community.

“I saw opportunities for youth engagement in authentic art making practice reduce with the new QLD curriculum implemented and increased overload on the educational system,” Lee-Ann said. 

Sharing that YAY was established out of a need to create a more inclusive platform for everybody Lee-Ann said that all ages, experiences and paths in life are welcome.  

“The YAY workshops have brought together children from ages 9 and up working with family, friends, other participants while meeting our professional local artists in a mentoring capacity.”

Developing confidence, practice & startups

Already Youth Arts Yeppoon has inspired young people and given them the confidence to develop their own professional art career.

“A young artist Luna Vertigo who attended the first Observational Drawing workshop in April was inspired to go on and exhibit and sell her work at The Mill Gallery and establish her own art-based business,” Lee-Ann said.

Excited for a burgeoning career, Lee-Ann said she was delighted to now have Luna Vertigo present her own YAY workshop in January called ‘Natural fascination’. The workshop is based on creating interactive, sculptural headpieces. 

Grateful for the community and organisation support received, Lee-Ann has welcomed contributions from her workplace who lend equipment and resources for the YAY workshops, funding from the Regional Arts Development Fund, YAY website & web training from AvantgardePR, & professional images from PetalsPR&Media. Youth Arts Yeppoon hosts monthly artist-run workshops on the third Sunday of the month at the Yeppoon Cultural Development Centre from 10am to 3pm. 

Next Workshops

OCT 21 ~ Get Creative with String with Eloise Parker

NOV 18 ~ Watercolour Magic with Delaney Cheal

JAN 16 ~ Natural Fascination with Luna Vertigo

Visit to book.

YAY is a not for profit organisation where the $40 fee covers artist tuition and all materials provided. Book your next workshop here…

I snapped a few images during the August Noel Brady Sculpture Workshop. So much fun! For more on Noel visit his website.


Lee-Ann is also a talented photographer. View some of her Village Festival images on her Facebook Page.

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