Rob Ball - Art, Community Cultural Development & Placemaking
KBK Dance Crew - Action Research
This research project for the City of Casey aimed to investigate how the arts can be used as a tool to strengthen community by improving community attitudes and combating racism. The project engaged Kick Back Kids (KBK), an all-boy hip hop dance crew that brings together six teens from the Polynesian Islands and New Zealand. The group members have a common goal; use dance to break down negative stereotypes about the Pacific Island community in Cranbourne (located south east of Melbourne, Australia). Through dance, the group aimed to send a positive example to others, especially young people. The project demonstrated how arts can assist marginalised groups to take part in collective action, advocate for social change, strengthen cultural life and become included in a shared community identity.