Miyay Birray's UPstART program to provide Moree's youth with night art classes and workshops

Miyay Birray CEO Darrel Smith, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, Miyay Birray deputy chair Lloyd Munro, Beyond Empathy project coordinator Jemma Craigie, Ted Noffs Foundation case manager Terrence Murphy and Miyay Birray's Glen Crump at last year's funding announcement.
Miyay Birray CEO Darrel Smith, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, Miyay Birray deputy chair Lloyd Munro, Beyond Empathy project coordinator Jemma Craigie, Ted Noffs Foundation case manager Terrence Murphy and Miyay Birray's Glen Crump at last year's funding announcement.

Miyay Birray Youth Service are preparing to begin their UPstART program in Moree.

The program runs arts and cultural activities for the town's youth to help keep them safe and off the streets.

Miyay Birray are no longer in partnership with Beyond Empathy but they will continue it this year with a new coordinator in Athol Boney and will partner with the SHAE Academy.

"We got some funding to run a night diversionary program for kids that were walking the streets, putting themselves in danger," Miyay Birray CEO Darrel Smith said.

"Through that we received some money from the Department of Justice for diversionary programs and we looked at running art type programs, painting, dance and music that will run on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights."

Both local and visiting artists will attend the programs to teach in those areas.

The program will begin next week, but will be held on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday night due to Easter before moving back to their normal times.

Mr Smith pointed out there are plenty of sports activities available for children and Miyay Birray wanted to provide opportunities for those who may not be interested in sport.

"We wanted to do an art and cultural side so kids who have an interest in that area have something to do," he said.

"We'll pick the kids up as well with the street beats bus, drop them home as well.

"We'll feed them while they're down there as well, dinner and snacks. Hopefully they'll learn new skills."

The plan is to run the program for around three months and is open to children aged nine to 17.

Miyay Birray are seeking expressions of interest from local artists who are interested in running some courses for the program.

For more information, you can contact Miyay Birray on 02 6752 6038.