Heal Country! Celebrating First Nations leadership in the cultural sector
This is a past event.
The arts and cultural sector is embracing a long-awaited shift towards more Indigenous leadership, with some of the country’s most important cultural institutions creating dedicated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander positions. This step change is elevating the significance of First Nations culture within our museums, galleries and venues, and ensuring leadership to develop policies, strategies and programs for Indigenous self-determination, and advancement.
SAMAG presents our NAIDOC 2021 event, a celebration of the recent First Nations appointments to Sydney’s major cultural institutions. We are bringing together newly appointed Indigenous leaders to discuss their plans and ambitions for their new roles, and engage with the NAIDOC theme of ‘Heal Country’!
Speakers include Laura McBride from the Australian Museum, Emily McDaniel from The Powerhouse Museum & Beau James from The Sydney Opera House. The panel will be facilitated by Cara Kirkwood, having worked across diverse geographical and industry contexts Cara has honed her skills as a cultural strategist and is currently the Head of Combined Arts with the Australia Council.
We are taking questions for this event via Slido https://app.sli.do/event/yezoetus
Please direct your questions for the panel via the above link.
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