The Social Studio was founded in 2009. The Social Studio is a safe place of belonging that strives to create awareness and change public perceptions for people who have experienced being a refugee.
We operate as a non-profit Incorporated Association, which is managed by a Board of Management elected by the membership. Our Board is composed of design and business professionals, media and communications experts, community development workers and community leaders from refugee communities in Melbourne.
All income generated through the Studio is invested in creating social benefits for our students, staff and their communities. We measure this through education outcomes, employment outcomes, environmental benefits and social inclusion.
We believe there is a growing entrepreneurial spirit in community development. Along with participating in forums workshops and events that support the social enterprise sector, we have been mentoring other creative enterprises including The Social Outfit (Sydney), Twich Women’s Sewing Cooperative (Dandenong), No Sweat Fashions (Canberra) and The Global Studio (La Trobe Valley), among others.