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FADIA Abboud
Fadia is currently the SWITCH Program Manager at ICE – Information & Cultural Exchange, in NSW. In this role she supports and develops cultural programs and the development of CCD practice and arts programs, projects and activities within diverse communities (particularly refugee, migrant and NESB) in Western Sydney.

Fadia is also a filmmaker and video tutor finishing her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from UTS. She has just finished a documentary funded by the NSW Film and Television Office Young Filmmakers Fund, while continuing to teach young people videomaking in different communities around Sydney. Fadia has recently worked on a number of filmmaking programs with young people as well as working on the Sydney Arab Film Festival 05.

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LYSELE Assarapin
Lysele is Coordinator of Public Programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. In the last 16 years in the arts industry Lysele has developed and implemented a range of education programs and interpretative material for diverse audiences (at the Powerhouse Museum, National Museum of Australia and MCA). Lysele is responsible for liaising with local and international artists in order to develop interpretative programs such as artists' talks, lectures, symposia, performances and film screenings. Lysele has initiated strategic partnerships with institutions to provide more accessible programs to audiences not usually represented and targeted (ICE, Information and Cultural Exchange, for the development of a forum, professional development workshop for Western Sydney NESB artists culminating into an exhibition in Western Sydney; Sydney Film Festival, Sydney Festival, Biennale of Sydney, Carnivale, New Mardi Gras).

blakatak program of thought is a project which has been developed by Lysele in conjunction with Melbourne artist Brook Andrew, MCA Curator – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Programs, Keith Munro and MCA Indigenous Advisory Group. blakatak has been described as 'an opportunity to create a space to undulate ideas that are rarely encouraged around thinking blak arts... the program will discuss beauty, politics, criticism and misunderstandings of understanding the complex Australian blak arts movement from culturally and aesthetically diverse perspectives'. The program targets Indigenous and non Indigenous culturally aware audiences.

The program is planned for 2005, initial launch was to be during NAIDOC Week on 7 July, since then we have postponed the program; four events planned for September, October, November and December 2005

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RANI Austin
Rani Austin has worked for 20 years in the Australian cultural sector. After completing a Bachelor of Arts/Asian Studies at the Australian National University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies at Sydney University, she was employed as a project manager to implement the first computerised collections management system at the Art Gallery of NSW. The move to South Australia to become the visual arts program coordinator for the Asia - focussed 1994 Adelaide Festival, led Rani into event and exhibition management. Realising an ambition to run her own business in the tourism industry, Rani then moved to New Zealand where in 1999 she gained qualifications in Art Education from Christchurch Teachers College. Returning to Canberra to live five years ago, Rani has since worked as an educator, event and visitor services manager at the National Gallery, the National Archives and the Canberra Museum and Gallery.

Rani's current work and interests lie in audience development through publishing, marketing and cultural diversity policy initiatives. In 2005 Rani received the Multicultural Arts Professional Development Alumnus Award - an Australia Council sponsored research internship at the Smithsonian Centre for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Rani is the author of two articles on intangible cultural heritage which have been published by the National Museum of Australia and the Federation of Ethnic Community Councils of Australia.

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Katrina is an actor and theater practitioner. She is currently developing interactive children's theater and working with multicultural communities in Wellington, New Zealand, to create festivals and theater pieces for the Wellington City Council and for her own projects. She is also working on producing a children's television show and is starring in a series on national television in new Zealand.

Culture Us is a community devised children's theater piece that promotes cultural identity through the medium of storytelling and theater. Two communities work separately to produce a foundation for a theater show divided into two half hour presentations. Each performance is then work-shopped until it is presented as a half hour children's interactive piece of theater combining movement, song, costume and dialogue. The traditional folk-tale promotes an understanding and celebration of other cultures living in our community.

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CARLY Davenport Acker
Carly has a degree in Art History and Curatorship from the Australian National University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Anthropology from the University of Melbourne. For 10 years she has brokered arts and cultural initiatives for local and global audiences and has contributed to and led high profile projects and programs at the National Gallery of Australia, the Melbourne Museum and Munupi Arts (Tiwi Islands). Currently based in Perth, her consultancy services focus on community development and sustainability in the arts, cultural and environmental heritage sector, involving her with Indigenous artists and organisations in the NT, SA, TAS, QLD, ACT, VIC and WA.

Inspiration for Indigenous community leadership is needed across Australia. Showing the Way is a book/photography/ documentary project telling the untold stories of 24 Indigenous community leaders from regional and remote Australia. It features first-person perspectives from people with no previous media profile; the well respected quiet achievers, committed to increasing wellbeing within their communities. The project's key aim is to act as a 'guide to success' in that good leaders make other leaders, developing cultural and economic sustainability across remote and regional Australia.

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Sally Farr currently works as Director of RedHOT Arts Marketing, an incorporated association established in Alice Springs to promote arts and culture from the Central Australian region and to build capacity amongst the arts sector to undertake marketing and audience development activities. Prior to moving to Alice Springs Sally lived in Adelaide where she coordinated arts advocacy projects for Regional Arts Australia. Sally has also worked as Audience Development Officer for Country Arts SA and Assistant Manager for the Melbourne office of Musica Viva.

Sally's skills lie in arts marketing, particularly for community arts organisations in regional areas. She has managed numerous events, workshops, publications, marketing campaigns and is currently developing honing her skills in the management of small organisations.

Sally is available to consult with people wanting to tour in the NT in regards to potential audiences, appropriate marketing tools, media contacts and timing of events.

RedHOT Arts Marketing is situated at the RedHOT Arts Space along with six other community arts organisations. Our staff can help you with knowledge and understanding of the arts in Central Australia. RedHOT Arts has connections with tourism, local council, indigenous arts and training providers in the NT.

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Steve has produced, directed and/or written musicals and plays from Darwin to Broadway. He has presented a number of his projects at the Sydney Opera House including Sondheim’s Follies featuring an all star cast and the SSO, Simply Weill– A Kurt Weill Cabaret in the Studio and Love Letters in the Playhouse and Drama Theatres. Other projects include What the World Needs Now at the Theatre Royal and the satire Gallipoli the Musical for the Melbourne Fringe. Steve’s Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof was nominated for a Best Revival Tony award and Smokey Joe's Café which he also conceived ran on Broadway for four and a half years. Currently he is developing a new music theatre piece on rebetika (Greek blues music), a piece about Cuban singer Celia Cruz: Castro and the Queen of Salsa and Syncopation, a play with dance about the beginning of ballroom dancing.

Steve's MAPD project is to develop and present a new music/theatre piece on Greek rebetika music for a wide cultural audience, first in Australia, then internationally. The piece will involve live musicians, singers and actors to tell the stories of rebetika, songs of the dispossessed and the underclass. The music is an intoxicating coalescence of influences from the Balkans, to Asia Minor and even Israel and Ireland that began to mix in the refugee slums of Athens, Piraeus and Soloniki in the 1920’s. Beginning in a hashish den of the time, the audience is drawn into the joys, sorrows, the food and the drink and the dance of the rebetis, of the down-and-out, of the fringe-dwellers, of the Greek blues.

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TALEI Howell-Price
Talei is a professional actress with her own independent theatre company Damage Theatre, which is soon to be doing a production in collaboration with Escape Theatre in Singapore.  For the past two years she has worked as Project Officer with Barking Gecko Theatre Company and has now started full-time as Assistant Communications at Screenwest.
Talei's work in progress with MAPD was her own professional development in leadership at Barking Gecko Theatre. Three particular projects were her area of focus for the report.  One was a collaborative youth project with the Local Drug Action Group (WA), the second was researching the organisation's multi-cultural audience and the third was cultural brokerage with an Islamic school in Perth.

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Ka-Yin Kwok has previously worked in advertising media and freelance design. Currently completing a Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting) at Monash University, Ka-Yin works primarily with photography and video. Her works explores issues of cultural identity and displacement.

A recipient of the City of Melbourne Young Artist Grant for 2005 project, the resulting project, Super Good Housekeeper, is a multi-artform event comprising of an art installation and performance. It was shown as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Ka-Yin's MAPD project looks at relationship marketing, income generation and cultural brokerage for Estate Living (working title), a short film, exploring the lives of tenants from a Melbourne Public Housing Estate. A former tenant herself, Estate Living will be developed with the support and contribution with current and former tenants.

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FREDA Lisgaras
Freda undertook the Multicultural Arts Professional Development course while employed as a Cultural Administrator at Manningham Gallery. Her project for the course was the development of a Volunteer Program for Manningham Gallery, with training provided by the Australian Multicultural Foundation's Volunteer Training course. Previously, Freda worked at the Australia Business Arts Foundation and also served as the Volunteer Media and Events Co-convenor at Amnesty International in 2003. Freda was also employed by Multicultural Arts Victoria to assist in coordinating a Needs Analysis into the multicultural arts sector throughout Victoria.

Project: To develop and implement a Volunteer Program for the Manningham City Council's Manningham Gallery and Manningham Arts Centre. The Program drew on members of the community who reside in the municipality and who will further increase the involvement of the community in the Gallery and Arts Centre. The Volunteer Program was developed in keeping with the methodologies of Cultural Brokerage, particularly those of scholarship, research, seeking authenticity and understanding audiences, with an awareness towards including those residents of Manningham who are from a culturally and linguistically diverse background.

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CLARE McFadden
Clare completed a Bachelor of Arts in Drama at the Queensland University of Technology in 1999 and went on to complete her Honours degree at Rose Bruford College, London. Since returning to Australia, Clare has worked as an Assistant Designer to Alison Ross on many theatre productions in Brisbane, including productions for La Boite, Kooemba Jdarra, Qld Ballet, Stage X and Grin & Tonic. Clare has worked as a Designer for the Jammin' Music Festival, Qld Music Festival, Straight out of Brisbane, Backbone Youth Arts and Brisbane band 'The Boat People'. In 2003 Clare was a recipient of a Youth Arts Queensland Mentorship. In 2004, Clare was appointed Artistic Development Coordinator at Backbone Youth Arts. Work in this role includes the coordination of Backbone's workshop program and their annual 2high Festival. Clare is currently a Board Member of Youth Arts Queensland.

Clare's MAPD project aimed to increase and diversify membership at Backbone Youth Arts so that our members are more representative of all young people living in South East Queensland. This aim is being achieved through a variety of strategies, including partnering with schools, holding workshops tailored specifically for a cultural group and making changes to marketing materials.

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AGNÈS Michelet
After completing her degree with France’s premiere tertiary school of management, HEC, Agnès joined the performing arts in 1987 and has continued working as an arts manager ever since. In France, she contributed to the development of many companies. These include the European Research and Training Centre in physical theatre L’Oeil du Silence in south-west regional France, Paris-based La Péniche Opéra, contemporary dancer Jean-Marc Matos and street theatre company Friches Théâtre Urbain. With the latter she was the administrator and touring manager for seven years before migrating to Perth, where she met her life companion after the company was invited to the Perth International Arts Festival in 1998 and 1999. Since 2000, Agnès has worked with Ausdance WA first as the administrator then as the special projects manager. In 2005, Agnès was appointed general manager of STRUT dance, the support organisation for WA independent contemporary dance.

TasteDanceJam was a free outdoor dance event in the city centre of Perth. For the first time, it was produced by Ausdance WA in association with Kulcha, WA’s major multicultural arts organisation. The event took place on Saturday 26 February 2005 during the Perth International Arts Festival and showcased 18 dance groups at sunset, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm on the new City of Perth Performing Arts Facility. Its underlying principles were to promote the diversity of dance in Western Australia, encourage quality in performance and demonstrate the potential creativity of culturally diverse dance when associated with live music. These principles were supported by the provision of a unique marketing platform during the time of the international festival, excellence in production conditions and the commissionning of three new works with live music and/or fusion with contemporary dance. TasteDanceJam was also an invitation to participate and celebrate community involvement in the practice of dance. It did so by inviting the audience to join in a final short dance party. The event was supported by Be Active, the City of Perth and the Office of Multicultural Interests

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Asian-Australian CCD Officer, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre & Liverpool Regional Museum
The MAPD course has given me the opportunity and the tools to develop the project (exhibition) in detail, including marketing and income generation, that will set a benchmark at my workplace. With the assistance of mentors, the project has been developed and achieved a higher level than would be hardly possible by myself and more importantly, I have learned more about hands-on experience rather than theories. Due to the importance of audience development and income generation in the context of arts centre, the course has made me believe that setting up a marketing plan will be a prerequisite for any project that is going to be developed in the future. I am introducing that kind of practice at my workplace and apply it within my own profession.

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PETER Polites
Peter has recently completed two short films funded through various sources, such as the Ministry of the Arts and Local Government. Most recently he developed and directed a theatre piece for the Greek Festival of Sydney 2006. This theatre piece made the stakeholders really happy but not Peter. He currently works at the Ethnic Communities Council of NSW as the NSW Migrant & Refugee Project Officer.

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LIZ Terracini
Liz has worked in the performing arts since leaving university in 1973. She was the founding general manager of Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA) which was established in 1993 to cater for a need for a professional umbrella performing arts organisation in the Northern Rivers region of NSW. NORPA is one of Australia's leading regional performing arts organisations presenting an ambitious program of locally commissioned work which reflects the cultural identity and cultural diversity of the region.

Regional Arts Policy Document followed by a national forum to be held in the Northern Rivers in 2005. Following research on the state of the performing arts in regional Australia which was done through an Australian Research Centre grant in collaboration with Southern Cross University, my brief was to engage and work with a consultant to research possible future directions for the performing arts in regional Australia. This work is taking in comparisons between Australia and two other countries which are perceived to have active and successful regional arts policies. The study includes socio economic factors including government funding and policies, demographics, cultural diversity and the drivers involved in cultural change. The project is also looking at the level of creativity and innovation within the regional cultural presentations in all three countries and the role of cultural institutions such as performing arts centres and galleries with these regions. It is envisaged that this paper will encourage response and debate at a national industry forum in collaboration with Southern Cross University's School of Contemporary Arts in the Northern Rivers region later in 2005.

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ELISA Vasilas
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Patricia is a skilled cultural development practitioner with 25 years experience in arts project management and cultural policy and planning. She has many years experience as both an artist and arts worker and has worked for over 10 years in local government as a Cultural Development Officer and as a Senior Advisor, Cultural Services.

Pat has specialist expertise in the management of Public Art projects and the development of Public Art Policy and Plans. She has been successful in acquiring funding and brokering partnerships for cultural facilities, including a regional gallery and performing arts centre in South East Queensland.  

Her qualifications include a degree in Art and Design from Guildford College of Art, UK and a Graduate Diploma in Community Cultural Development through CANTrain and the University of South Australia.

Patricia undertook the MAPD training and is now working as an independent Cultural Planning and Public Art consultant from her home office in Brisbane, Queensland.

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