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MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES FOR THE COMMON GOOD

Desert Pea Media

Contact

Name: Toby Finlayson

Position: Creative Director

Email: toby@desertpeamedia.com

Address

15 Waterworks Lane

Bathurst

NSW Region 2795

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Our Mission / Objective

Our Mission is to create social change through collaborative storytelling.  Empowering Indigenous communities through truth, hope and a mantra of positivity.







Our objective is to engage the disengaged through linking services and promoting a respectful and inclusive future, through a creative process that explores the 'real, the ideal and the bridge'.







We are guided by the view that Australia's cultural liberation is bound up with the liberation of Indigenous people, so let us work together. 







We want to be "Letting the stories out" by creating contemporary pathways for celebrating culture and community.  Jim Beale - Kamileroi Elder







We also aim to work with communities within the framework of the Wiradjuri word 'Yindyamarra': that is to 'respect, be gentle, be polite and do slowly – to have the wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in'. 







 







 







Our Services

Established in 2002 Desert Pea Media (DPM) is a charitable organisation (with DGR status) and Public Benevolent Institution registered with the Australian Not-For Profit and Charities Commission.







DPM works with individuals and communities in regional and remote areas in Australia using contemporary storytelling techniques and audio-visual media to foster important social and cultural dialogue. Over 15 years DPM has produced over 100 music videos and 6 documentaries for over 70 communities.







The DPM model is a proven method of carrying out multi-layered workshops comprising artistic song writing, video production, community engagement, and social impact. It is based on international best practice in community engagement for social impact with a focus on the existing strengths and inherent value within the community. The workshops build on these strengths and values so that the benefits continue to accrue long after the DPM team has left.







The ultimate aim for DPM is to short-circuit the structures of inequality by facilitating intergenerational analysis and expression of cultural and social issues, focusing on solutions and positive choices so that participants:













  1. accrue a range of practical life skills






  2. showcase and celebrate local cultural practices,






  3. engage more in the arts,






  4. enhance their self-esteem, pride in the local culture/community and confidence and inspiration to control their own destiny.












DPM is governed by an elected volunteer Board of Directors who share the organisation’s vision and meet regularly throughout the year.







 







 

Our Beneficiaries

Many Indigenous Australians continue to suffer huge disadvantages, both culturally and socially, as a direct consequence of our shameful history of racism and violence.





Many of Australia’s First Nations continue to feel the effects of generational trauma on a daily basis: low life expectancy and high rates of unemployment, suicide, incarceration, isolation and substance abuse.





Desert Pea Media is a response to this.





We work with young people, community leaders, elders and service providers (eg schools, health organisations, employment agencies) to ensure every program is relevant, engaging and appropriate to their needs and those of their communities.





The process is beneficial in different ways to different groups with direct benefit to our workshop and consultation participants.





Indirect beneficiaries include the families of participants, members of the broader community, audience members who view the outputs of the project (either at live performances or online). This is perhaps the most important part of the impact of the work! Peers, elders and community leaders show support for participants and the work they are doing to showcase themselves and their community - extending the impacts of the project well into the future.





There are often added lateral benefits with DPM workshops able to be a catalyst for and to enhance the impact of institutional partners like Outback Arts, schools, service providers and government agencies.





DPM has had some great successes over the last few years with a demonstrable impact in key areas of social disadvantage such as education, mental health and cultural disengagement as well as encouraging use of Indigenous languages. DPM programs have directly strengthened cultural identity through traditional and contemporary storytelling.





The results are evidenced by the popularity of DPM music videos among Indigenous youth, with 1.4 million views on the DPM You Tube channel, two National Indigenous Music Awards and an ICTV Video Award.





You can see some of our work here:





https://www.youtube.com/user/DesertPeaMedia





https://www.facebook.com/desertpeamedia/?fref=ts





 





 

Projects in Progress

We look forward to what else this year brings, to meeting and working with new communities and organisations and engaging in new partnerships.

























Some of DPM’s best work happens where we have the funding capacity to maintain collaborative long-term relationships. We currently have a number of such partnerships and ongoing projects with a range of community organisations and agencies around Australia.

























For example:

























Maningrida NT - This remote community in Central Western Arnhem Land has been a focal point for Desert Pea Media’s work since 2014. We have established relationships with a number of local organisations such as Malabam Health Service, Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation, The Wiwa Project and The Djelk Indigenous Ranger Program. In 2017 we are planning a series of projects with young people at Maningrida College, looking at collaborating to create social change through arts and culture.

























Bourke NSW - This remote community in far western NSW has been the focus of recent programming through partnerships with Outback Division of General Practice and Bourke High School. Bolstered by new collaborations with the Maranguka project and 2CUZ FM, we are planning a series of projects in 2017 that create dialogue around issues such as school attendance, breaking cycles of incarceration and health issues affecting young people.

























Walgett NSW - DPM has been working in Walgett since 2012, and has had some hugely successful community engagements, including the creation of 'The Walgett Warriors’ and ‘The Mob’ - two groups of young people using music and film to create dialogue around social and cultural issues - inspiring hope and positivity in an isolated and often disparate community. Ongoing relationships exist between Walgett High School and Walgett Aboriginal Lands Council. We are planning further projects in 2017.












.












Our People

CEO

Toby Finlayson, Creative Director

Leadership Team

image: http://www.desertpeamedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/MG_2435.jpeg_MG_2435

Toby Finlayson – Creative Director

Co-founder of Desert Pea Media. Has been working in remote indigenous communities around Australia and the world since 2003. Toby trained in Thailand with acclaimed CCD organization ‘The Makhampom Foundation’ in 2003 and completed a BA Communications in Theatre & Media in 2004. He also coordinated art programs in Sri Lankan tsunami refugee camps (2005). He has since delivered a host of indigenous media programs with Desert Pea Media and continues to direct and facilitate programs today.

image: http://www.desertpeamedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Matt-Priestley-300x199.jpeg
Matt Priestley



Matthew Priestley – Cultural Consultant



Co-founder of Desert Pea Media. Has a long history of working with both contemporary and traditional indigenous media. Matt was principal artist of CCD organisation ‘BigHart’ (1989-99) and AFI Laureate for his short film ‘Hurt’ in 1991. Acclaimed in both the indigenous and non-indigenous arts industry as a traditional and visual artist, he works across media platforms to communicate a powerful message of indigenous cultural sustainability and development. Matthew is a visual artist, film maker, traditional dancer, song writer, theatre maker, CCD facilitator and yidaki player.

Names of Board Members

Chairperson – Hannah Le Coic
Vice President – Shelly Rowell
Treasurer – Peter Maclean
Secretary – Meredith Burton
Cultural Consultant- Matthew Priestley
Committee Member – Sue Pamment
Committee Member - Ben Bardon
Board Appointed Specialist - Dwayne Bannon-Harrison
Board Appointed Specialist - Suellen Tobin

Number of Employees

1 Employee and various contractors

Number of Volunteers

various

Registration Information

ABN

38 854 047 02

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to help us

Wills and Bequests

Financial support will enable us to engage more sustainably with more communities, to build our operational support structures and to train and mentor more people for the future.



Desert Pea Media has established strong, respectful relationships with communities across Australia.  We have produced an outstanding quality and quantity of work that speaks for itself.  All this with a very small staff plus volunteers and support from a range of organisations with grants and funding for specific projects.

A bequest to DPM would be a first and would be of incredible benefit to our work.

We love to imagine just what we could do with a sustainable financial future!


 

General Donations


Donations of any size and nature are wonderful!

Regular monthly or annual donations would help us plan and allocate income for future projects and directions. We look forward to establishing special relationships with such donors.

Donations are tax deductible and can be made in two ways via our website: http://www.desertpeamedia.com/get-involved/#Mb3lf7r8CrIH9ITe.97

PayPal: Use your PayPal account or simply use your credit card if do not have a PayPal account (you don’t need a Paypal account to use this facility).

Bank Transfer: Donate directly from your bank account to ours. If making a direct deposit please remember to complete your contact details so we can provide you with thanks and a receipt.


Thank you for reading this far


Yindamarra!

Work with us

Volunteer with us

Our Annual Reports

Our Mission / Objective

Our Mission is to create social change through collaborative storytelling.  Empowering Indigenous communities through truth, hope and a mantra of positivity.







Our objective is to engage the disengaged through linking services and promoting a respectful and inclusive future, through a creative process that explores the 'real, the ideal and the bridge'.







We are guided by the view that Australia's cultural liberation is bound up with the liberation of Indigenous people, so let us work together. 







We want to be "Letting the stories out" by creating contemporary pathways for celebrating culture and community.  Jim Beale - Kamileroi Elder







We also aim to work with communities within the framework of the Wiradjuri word 'Yindyamarra': that is to 'respect, be gentle, be polite and do slowly – to have the wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in'. 







 







 







Our Services

Established in 2002 Desert Pea Media (DPM) is a charitable organisation (with DGR status) and Public Benevolent Institution registered with the Australian Not-For Profit and Charities Commission.







DPM works with individuals and communities in regional and remote areas in Australia using contemporary storytelling techniques and audio-visual media to foster important social and cultural dialogue. Over 15 years DPM has produced over 100 music videos and 6 documentaries for over 70 communities.







The DPM model is a proven method of carrying out multi-layered workshops comprising artistic song writing, video production, community engagement, and social impact. It is based on international best practice in community engagement for social impact with a focus on the existing strengths and inherent value within the community. The workshops build on these strengths and values so that the benefits continue to accrue long after the DPM team has left.







The ultimate aim for DPM is to short-circuit the structures of inequality by facilitating intergenerational analysis and expression of cultural and social issues, focusing on solutions and positive choices so that participants:













  1. accrue a range of practical life skills






  2. showcase and celebrate local cultural practices,






  3. engage more in the arts,






  4. enhance their self-esteem, pride in the local culture/community and confidence and inspiration to control their own destiny.












DPM is governed by an elected volunteer Board of Directors who share the organisation’s vision and meet regularly throughout the year.







 







 

Our Beneficiaries

Many Indigenous Australians continue to suffer huge disadvantages, both culturally and socially, as a direct consequence of our shameful history of racism and violence.





Many of Australia’s First Nations continue to feel the effects of generational trauma on a daily basis: low life expectancy and high rates of unemployment, suicide, incarceration, isolation and substance abuse.





Desert Pea Media is a response to this.





We work with young people, community leaders, elders and service providers (eg schools, health organisations, employment agencies) to ensure every program is relevant, engaging and appropriate to their needs and those of their communities.





The process is beneficial in different ways to different groups with direct benefit to our workshop and consultation participants.





Indirect beneficiaries include the families of participants, members of the broader community, audience members who view the outputs of the project (either at live performances or online). This is perhaps the most important part of the impact of the work! Peers, elders and community leaders show support for participants and the work they are doing to showcase themselves and their community - extending the impacts of the project well into the future.





There are often added lateral benefits with DPM workshops able to be a catalyst for and to enhance the impact of institutional partners like Outback Arts, schools, service providers and government agencies.





DPM has had some great successes over the last few years with a demonstrable impact in key areas of social disadvantage such as education, mental health and cultural disengagement as well as encouraging use of Indigenous languages. DPM programs have directly strengthened cultural identity through traditional and contemporary storytelling.





The results are evidenced by the popularity of DPM music videos among Indigenous youth, with 1.4 million views on the DPM You Tube channel, two National Indigenous Music Awards and an ICTV Video Award.





You can see some of our work here:





https://www.youtube.com/user/DesertPeaMedia





https://www.facebook.com/desertpeamedia/?fref=ts





 





 

Projects in Progress

We look forward to what else this year brings, to meeting and working with new communities and organisations and engaging in new partnerships.

























Some of DPM’s best work happens where we have the funding capacity to maintain collaborative long-term relationships. We currently have a number of such partnerships and ongoing projects with a range of community organisations and agencies around Australia.

























For example:

























Maningrida NT - This remote community in Central Western Arnhem Land has been a focal point for Desert Pea Media’s work since 2014. We have established relationships with a number of local organisations such as Malabam Health Service, Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation, The Wiwa Project and The Djelk Indigenous Ranger Program. In 2017 we are planning a series of projects with young people at Maningrida College, looking at collaborating to create social change through arts and culture.

























Bourke NSW - This remote community in far western NSW has been the focus of recent programming through partnerships with Outback Division of General Practice and Bourke High School. Bolstered by new collaborations with the Maranguka project and 2CUZ FM, we are planning a series of projects in 2017 that create dialogue around issues such as school attendance, breaking cycles of incarceration and health issues affecting young people.

























Walgett NSW - DPM has been working in Walgett since 2012, and has had some hugely successful community engagements, including the creation of 'The Walgett Warriors’ and ‘The Mob’ - two groups of young people using music and film to create dialogue around social and cultural issues - inspiring hope and positivity in an isolated and often disparate community. Ongoing relationships exist between Walgett High School and Walgett Aboriginal Lands Council. We are planning further projects in 2017.












.












Our People

CEO

Toby Finlayson, Creative Director

Leadership Team

image: http://www.desertpeamedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/MG_2435.jpeg_MG_2435

Toby Finlayson – Creative Director

Co-founder of Desert Pea Media. Has been working in remote indigenous communities around Australia and the world since 2003. Toby trained in Thailand with acclaimed CCD organization ‘The Makhampom Foundation’ in 2003 and completed a BA Communications in Theatre & Media in 2004. He also coordinated art programs in Sri Lankan tsunami refugee camps (2005). He has since delivered a host of indigenous media programs with Desert Pea Media and continues to direct and facilitate programs today.

image: http://www.desertpeamedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Matt-Priestley-300x199.jpeg
Matt Priestley



Matthew Priestley – Cultural Consultant



Co-founder of Desert Pea Media. Has a long history of working with both contemporary and traditional indigenous media. Matt was principal artist of CCD organisation ‘BigHart’ (1989-99) and AFI Laureate for his short film ‘Hurt’ in 1991. Acclaimed in both the indigenous and non-indigenous arts industry as a traditional and visual artist, he works across media platforms to communicate a powerful message of indigenous cultural sustainability and development. Matthew is a visual artist, film maker, traditional dancer, song writer, theatre maker, CCD facilitator and yidaki player.

Names of Board Members

Chairperson – Hannah Le Coic
Vice President – Shelly Rowell
Treasurer – Peter Maclean
Secretary – Meredith Burton
Cultural Consultant- Matthew Priestley
Committee Member – Sue Pamment
Committee Member - Ben Bardon
Board Appointed Specialist - Dwayne Bannon-Harrison
Board Appointed Specialist - Suellen Tobin

Number of Employees

1 Employee and various contractors

Number of Volunteers

various

Registration Information

ABN

38 854 047 02

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to Help us

Wills and Bequests

Financial support will enable us to engage more sustainably with more communities, to build our operational support structures and to train and mentor more people for the future.



Desert Pea Media has established strong, respectful relationships with communities across Australia.  We have produced an outstanding quality and quantity of work that speaks for itself.  All this with a very small staff plus volunteers and support from a range of organisations with grants and funding for specific projects.

A bequest to DPM would be a first and would be of incredible benefit to our work.

We love to imagine just what we could do with a sustainable financial future!


 

General Donations


Donations of any size and nature are wonderful!

Regular monthly or annual donations would help us plan and allocate income for future projects and directions. We look forward to establishing special relationships with such donors.

Donations are tax deductible and can be made in two ways via our website: http://www.desertpeamedia.com/get-involved/#Mb3lf7r8CrIH9ITe.97

PayPal: Use your PayPal account or simply use your credit card if do not have a PayPal account (you don’t need a Paypal account to use this facility).

Bank Transfer: Donate directly from your bank account to ours. If making a direct deposit please remember to complete your contact details so we can provide you with thanks and a receipt.


Thank you for reading this far


Yindamarra!

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