Geelong Performing Arts Centre is developing a Reconciliation Action Plan to strengthen its connection with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples through arts and culture.
The centre’s goal is to be more inviting and inclusive, making reconciliation a part of its everyday operations.
“It is my desire to ensure that our centre creates connections to Aboriginal peoples’ cultures, stories and art forms,” says CEO Joel McGuinness.
“I want all people to feel welcome and at home here at Geelong Performing Arts Centre. We will continue opening our doors to community so that we can share all that we offer – specifically our Education and Arts programs for local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and all events and programs across our centre.
“I am in awe of 65,000+ years of lived culture in Australia by our First Nations Peoples and pay my respects to the Wadawurrung Traditional Custodians, the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community here in Geelong and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. By walking together we can find ways to keep telling the great stories of this great Land and to celebrate cultural arts long into the future,” he said.
There are opportunities for community involvement through a range of programs and events at the centre. Input is also invited by contacting Kylie Clarke: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 5225 1219.
Geelong Performing Arts Centre is hosting Reconciliation Week activities from May 27-31 including native food tasting and a ‘lunchtime yarn’ with Norm Stanley. Members of the public are invited to pop in to the foyer on Thursday 30th May from 12.30-1.30 pm to hear Norm’s stories about land, life and culture.