Sunday, November 20, 2016

2016 Country Arts WA Exchange

Fairbridge Village, Pinjarra

Committed to creating better connections across WA and to assist in building skills and capacity across the regions, Country Arts WA have been facilitating the annual gathering of regional arts workers now for six years.

Middlemore House, our home away from home.
This year, held in the Karla Booja region we began the Exchange on 14th November by acknowledging the Noongar people as the first traditional custodians of the land on which we were meeting.

Throughout the 2.5 day exchange, RRAC members; Ainsley Foulds, Fay O'Brien and Coordinator; Kirsty Duffy attended a series of Open Space Forums, Sharing Stories Workshops, a Finance Workshop, as well as Funding Evaluation follow ups and Funding Program discussions. Constructive and informative, the sessions allowed discussions and input from regional groups. Delegates had a chance to raise important questions and input as much or a little as they felt comfortable.

Fay, Ainsley & Kirsty

In particular, we shared  information about our journey as an organization including our governance model, getting to know our community, how we make use of technology to unbind us from the restrictions of living in a remote area, how we celebrate our achievements, how we partner with other local non profit groups, and how we continue to overcome committee burn-out.

Credit goes to all of the regional arts groups that attended the Exchange.

From Albany to Derby and beyond, a great bunch of regional arts workers, including paid workers and volunteers, showed passion and integrity during discussions.

Thank you to Country Arts WA for continuing this important networking and professional development opportunity. It is very clear that there is an overwhelming importance and love for regional arts.

Ricky Arnold speaking to the delegates.

Discussion Board

There was even fun and games. Concentration was high.

And..... peacocks.

Travel was made possible by Country Arts WA and Lotterywest Funding.

Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council receives core funding from Country Arts WA, which receives funding from the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts and Lotterywest.

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