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Working within a Community Arts and Cultural Development (CACD) framework, DADAA is a leading arts and health organisation that creates access to cultural activities for people with disability or a lived experience of mental illness.

DADAA offers targeted programs that include a broad range of traditional and new media projects in Western Australian communities. Our programs range from entry-level workshops for those with no arts experience to professional mentorships for advanced artists. Exhibition or broadcast of works is an outcome of most programs.

DADAA has three arts and community centres – in Fremantle, Midland and Lancelin. Working in partnership with local governments and other organisations, this place-based approach creates environments that are welcoming to artists and audiences, and activates local urban, regional and rural spaces.

In addition to our three hubs, DADAA works throughout the community by offering workshops in venues such as the Midland Junction Arts Centre and supported accommodation for people with high-support needs. We have an audio description service that travels to Perth’s major festivals and cultural events, and consultancy services in disability awareness training designed and delivered collaboratively with organisations across Perth.

DADAA follows the Affirmation Model of disability that promotes a culture of disability-led practice in the arts and facilitates the participation of artists with disability in public arts programs in the local, state and national arts sectors.

DADAA works through significant local and cross-sector partnerships that bring arts and health together in a way that effectively responds to the needs of communities. DADAA also works actively in state and national audience development, disability advocacy, digital inclusion, and research and evaluation.

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