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Expressions of Interest open for Maroondah Arts Advisory Committee

Published on 08 March 2018
  • Arts and culture
Art Gallery Council is looking for local community and industry members to join a new Maroondah Arts Advisory Committee.

Council is seeking representatives from its diverse community to play a key role in the arts and cultural development of the region through a newly formed Maroondah Arts Advisory Committee.

The Maroondah Arts Advisory Committee (MAAC) will play an active and strategic role in setting priorities for arts and culture in Maroondah.

The MAAC will include up to seven local community and creative industry representatives who live, work or have expertise relevant to the arts in Maroondah.

Committee member, Councillor Marijke Graham, said members would play an important role in promoting awareness and appreciation of the value of arts and culture in Maroondah, as well as advise on approvals such as public art commissions and acquisitions.

“During consultation for the development of our Maroondah 2040 community vision, the Maroondah community told us they see arts and culture as a vital ingredient of an exciting and inclusive community,” Cr Graham said.

“In recent years, we have seen a marked increase in both interest, participation and diversity within our arts scene and across key community and cultural precincts,” Cr Graham said.

“We are looking for a wide range of experienced and connected committee members who can demonstrate an understanding of key issues and opportunities for arts and cultural development in Maroondah, as well as for the broader outer-eastern region,” she said.

The committee will also promote integration across other committees and advisory groups, including the Maroondah Disability Advisory Committee and Maroondah Community Safety Committee.

“The committee will provide a structure to engage the local community in the priority areas of arts and cultural development and advise Council on matters regarding policy, strategic planning, integration, and implementation of City initiatives,” Cr Graham said.

“We are seeking representatives whose vision and expertise can lead and inform Council to ensure the region continues to grow in reputation, profile, while supporting innovation and a vibrant art and cultural landscape,” she said.

Positions are available for individuals from the community who have knowledge and experience in the arts and cultural sector of Maroondah. Three Maroondah Councillors, Kylie Spears, Mike Symon and Marijke Graham (one representing each ward) are also on the committee.

Community representatives will be appointed for the term of the current Council (until October 2020).

Applications can be made by filling out an Expressions of Interest form online and close on Thursday 22 March.

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