The Hopes & Dreams Art Project is a collaborative community art project that aims to encourage people to journey towards good mental health and wellbeing. Along with maintaining an active lifestyle with a good support network, part of maintaining good mental health is about having goals and dreams to look forward to. Dreaming is about looking to the future for better and brighter days. Artworks from the deck represent dreams from different community groups across Australia.
The original idea for the project came from Jen Aboki, who sought to create a source of inspiration and conversation about who we are - not our labels. In March 2013 the first deck of cards was completed, and received a very positive response from Day to Day Living Program (D2DL) service providers. Because of this, we were able to put together a second deck of Hopes and Dreams cards – this time with a focus on celebrating diversity of our multicultural society.
Hopes and Dreams workshops were held by D2DL programs along with other organisations, where participants were able to paint together, and have conversations about their dreams, and what having good mental health means to them. People who took part in the Hopes and Dreams project came from many different backgrounds, including Aboriginal, Afghani, American, Brazilian, Chinese, German, Iranian, Italian, Maltese, New Zealand, Sierra Leonean, and Vietnamese.