The Satellite Slam – a roaring success!

On 15 June 2022 Satellite celebrated the first-ever Satellite Slam, a true celebration of our voice, our work, and our people.

The Satellite Slam showcased the coming together of the core elements that make up Satellite Foundation and the unique aspects of Satellite’s programs including peer connection, creativity, and the sharing of thoughts and experiences.

There were four interactive exhibition spaces where guests could get a glimpse into the programs and activities on offer at Satellite Foundation, and the work that has been created by our young people.

The LOOK exhibition included a selection of photographic works taken by young people during various Satellite workshops – both at home and in person. Photography is a powerful way to share our point of view and our stories; it is a way to create connections and to be seen.

The LISTEN exhibition showcased the various ways we use music and sound in a range of Satellite workshops.

The FEEL exhibition showcased examples of Satellites workshops and the materials we use. It offered guests a chance to add their own creative voice to this wonderful conversation. We celebrate the diversity of individual creativity and the connections formed through making and sharing ourselves this way.

The TELL YOUR STORY exhibition was curated by members of the Youth Advisory Council and included a collection of six-word memoirs: small sentences that tell our stories, reflect on Satellite’s impact, and reflect our values of connection, collaboration, and holding space. Guests added their own six-word memoirs to the space.

The performance program included spoken word poetry by Satellite participant Denna Healey, a panel discussion by the Youth Advisory Council, a talk on creative writing with writer and disability advocate Laura Pettenuzzo and author Henry von Doussa, and finally, a group music exercise by the wonderful music therapist Sierra Verity-Beasley.

We had incredible food from ASRC Catering, and delicious non-alcoholic drinks at our mobile bar. Brad McEwan was, as always, an amazing MC, and we had such wonderful conversations with friends new and old. But most importantly, the young people who shared themselves and their wisdom and creativity so openly, we are eternally grateful to you all.

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