Help disadvantaged young people find their voice

The Betty Amsden Participation Program is an annual community event that inspires people from all over Melbourne to get involved and tap into their creativity

Since 2014, Arts Centre Melbourne has been host to the Betty Amsden Participation Program, an annual community event that inspires people from all over Melbourne to get involved and tap into their creativity.

These large-scale projects are designed to inspire and delight the entire city of Melbourne. Deep down there’s creativity in all of us. We encourage you to dive in and discover what’s happened, what’s coming and how you get involved. There’s plenty of opportunity to unleash your inner muse.

In 2014, Melbourne was filled with music as 24 pianos, beautifully decorated by community groups, graced the streets for three weeks over summer with the invitation Play Me, I’m Yours

In 2015, 7,000 little wooden houses – each individually decorated by Victorians from far and wide to represent our feelings of home - filled our streets, parks, favourite city spots and social media for Home

In 2016, an army of volunteers lined up (and knocked down!) 7,000 breezeblocks in a line snaking its way around Melbourne’s streets and alleyways, bringing people together to celebrate our city for Dominoes

In 2017, we saw a riotous celebration of community spirit with Fun Run.

In 2018, we saw the greatly anticipated return of Play Me, I’m Yours with 20 pianos stationed in and around the streets of Melbourne, decorated by community artists and ready for YOU to play.

In 2019, we bring to you Those Who Rock, an intergenerational and accessible event that celebrates the live music culture of Melbourne. It provides a wonderful focus on Melbourne’s reputation as the leading Australian city for live music and home to a broad range of musicians from different cultural backgrounds.

Contact Details

To find out more, or make a donation, please contact our Philanthropy team on (03) 9281 8973.

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