Louis Vuitton weaves us into their celebrations

Louis Vuitton weaves us into their celebrations

Fashion label Louis Vuitton celebrated a huge milestone late last year, and thanks to their commitment to social equity and creative innovation, they used the occasion to support The Song Room to continue bringing arts education to children experiencing disadvantage.

Two smiling primary school students holding Papier-mâché art piece they created in arts learning visual arts lesson
Mother of God Catholic Primary School, Victoria

August of 2021 marked what would have been fashion icon and founder Louis Vuitton’s 200th birthday. To acknowledge and applaud his innovative spirit and his ongoing legacy, the fashion label held a number of celebrations to honour his memory. Two hundred visionaries from around the world were invited to express their creativity by designing window displays. While a commemorative philanthropic initiative nominated a small group of non-profit organisations from around the world to receive financial support.

The Louis Vuitton Global Philanthropic team chose 15 organisations from 14 different countries across 6 continents, that they felt best represented different aspects of creativity. The organisations were selected for their “focus on enabling access to, and encouraging discovery of, the arts and creativity for young people and those from disadvantaged communities.” The Song Room was the only organisation chosen from Australia. We are extremely honoured to be selected and to benefit from the generous global initiative.

Support from companies such as Louis Vuitton is vital for our organisation to continue to deliver the work that we do.

This year, after two years of disruption to schooling there is an urgent need to address social and educational inequities experienced by young Australians.

Children who experienced disadvantage before the COVID-19 pandemic were already at risk, with many unable to connect to their learning for a variety of reasons. It’s understood that those who begin school behind their peers continue to fall further behind. The impact of the pandemic has put our most vulnerable young people at even greater risk.

Young people are positively impacted by The Song Room’s programs in many ways. Through our programs they experience enhanced wellbeing, reduced absenteeism, and they learn skills critical to positive societal participation (including appreciation for First Nations culture, care for their community, environment and each other).

hand holding indigenous art handmade doll in front of Eiffel Tower t-shirt
Yarralin School, Katherine NT