benchmarkBenchmark is unique program of cultural outreach to African community members who use Maddern Square in Footscray as a gathering place. Hip Hop artists Motley and Rydah work alongside Barkly Arts staff and outreach workers from YSAS and WRHC to offer opportunities to make and perform music in public space. The sessions combine song-writing and  freestyling around issues that are important to this community. Benchmark also offers a more intensive program at Barkly Arts Centre for community members ready to record their original material. Currently the Benchmark program is working towards a performance event at Maddern Square that will feature the material created by participants in the program, local emcees and vocalists.