Community Arts and Cultural Development awards announced

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The recipients, Dr Paula Abood, Sarah Emery, and Lenine Bourke were recognised for their work during the annual Community Arts and Cultural Development Awards, a ceremony that celebrates the achievements of individuals that have shaped the community through their artistic endeavors.

Australia Council Chair, Rupert Myer AM and Chief Executive Officer, Tony Grybowski officiated the night.

Dr Paula Abood was awarded the Ros Bower award for her efforts as an artist, writer and educator for Community and Culture Developments at Ultimo TAFE. A committee member for the Arab Film Festival, she has collaborated with western Sydney communities for storytelling projects. She has also written for performance, literary publications and film. Her credits including Parenting Stories, Huriyya and her Sisters, and Of Middle Eastern Appearance.

Sarah Emery was given the Kirk Robson award for her accomplishments as a multi-arts practitioner and teacher, partnering with health, youth and arts organisations to assist people marginalised by society. Her role as Associate Director of Milk Crate Theatre helped to support artists who have struggled with homelessness and hardships.

Lenine Bourke and her efforts in engaging young people from diverse communities were honoured by the Community Partnerships Fellowship, allowing her to undertake a two-year professional and creative development program. A previous recipient of the Kirk Robson award in 2006, she is also Artistic Director at Contact Inc.

Tony Grybowski says that the ceremony provides special recognition for practitioners who have inspired others by working with other practitioners and their community.

‘They have each made distinguished and generous contributions to the communities they work in and they are very worthy award recipients. We were delighted that members of the Bower and Robson families were in attendance at the awards ceremony to celebrate their achievements,’ he said.

Ros Bower was a journalist and community arts pioneer who became a passionate advocate for the development of community arts. Her former colleagues created the Ros Bower award in her honour.

Kirk Robson was the Director of The Torch Project, a company that used theatre as a means to explore critical societal issues. His tragic death in 2005 led to the Australia Council renaming one of the annual Young Leader Awards after him.

Past winners of the Ros Bower and Kirk Robson awards include Steve Payne, Lockie McDonald and Jade Lillie.

Aleczander Bryan Gamboa |

Aleczander Bryan Gamboa is an intern for artsHub, who currently studies Journalism and Public Relations at Monash University. He is an interning fanatic, and has a passion for equal rights.

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