To celebrate The Arts Centre Gold Coast participating in Reconciliation Action Week, the Centre is providing opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees and other employees to build stronger relationships.

A very special afternoon has been planned and lead by the Centres Indigenous Coordinator Jo-Anne Driessens with the support of various other departments for Friday 29 May.


Reconciliation Action Week 2015
Theme: Your Stories

Purpose: as part of Reconciliation Action Week, The Arts Centre Gold Coast would like to introduce personal stories through the art of oral history sharing and music performance to staff and patrons to The Arts Centre through a two part engagement including:
– Local Elder Aunty Maureen Newton to share her stories with staff of the Centre of growing up in the local area, including the role of her family within the community

– Two x Indigenous and non-Indigenous performances on the Terrace Stage sharing a total amount of playing time 30 minutes each.

Our Vision for Reconciliation

The Arts Centre Gold Coast is underpinned by values of integrity, creativity, inclusion, collaboration, recognition and excellence. We aim to utilise these core values in our efforts towards reconciliation. Over the years, we have built relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders particularly in the areas of performing and visual arts. We hope to continue to work closely with key stakeholders to enhance these relationships as well as develop a better understanding of how we can play an integral role in the community.

Friday 29 May 4.30pm
Local History talk… with Aunty Maureen Newton

Stories about growing up in Surfers Paradise and the many links of relationships through the various local families in the area.

Maureen Newton4_head shot

Friday 29 May 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Performers – Terrace Stage

· Garret Lyon: Young emerging fresh singer/ song writer from Brisbane and will be given a spot at the up and coming Glitter Festival 2015.

Garret Lyon_Preshow_The New Black 2015 (3)

· The Muirs: Ian Muir and Glennys Briggs are local to the Gold Coast and are local and are a great collaboration of Indigenous and non-Indigenous performers. Glennys was one of the first Artist Camp participants in 2014 who utilise both visual Arts and music artistic expression.

The Muirs_GCAC 2014 (2)

Public are invite to come along and not only meet our artists in person but share the journey of personal stories through oral history and music performance!

Cash bar and delicious Reconciliation Action Week inspired fare for purchase.

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