There is an insufficient supply of qualified Indigenous senior arts managers and producers to meet industry demand. The 3-year Blakstream program develops and builds on skills of the next generation of Indigenous creative producers and administrators through a results-based program.
Footscray Community Arts Centre
Project “Blakstream” – Indigenous Creative Producers and Arts Managers Capacity Building Program
Amount $90,000 over 18 months
Program Arts and Culture
|TRUST OBJECTIVES||PROJECT OBJECTIVES|
|This grant was approved under our previous grants policy (Jan 2014 – March 2017)|
|Supporting Indigenous Victoria||Encourage and support the professional development of emerging Indigenous creative producers and arts managers|
|Building organisational capacity||Build the capacity of Indigenous Victorian arts workers and build cultural competency within arts organisations, sector-wide|
|Extending opportunity||Provide strategic, hands-on opportunities in skills development, career advancement and professional network-building|
|Collaboration and partnership||Ilbijerri Theatre Company, Brown Cab Productions, Victoria University, Footscray Community Arts Centre’s Indigenous Advisory Group, Wominjeka Festival, NAIDOC Week and other festivals|
- Footscray Community Arts Centre, together with its collaborating partners, reviewed past initiatives, analysed successes and failures, and consulted broadly with Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultural organisations and leaders to design a culturally appropriate program for long-term impact.
- Blakstream includes structured mentorships, strategic work placements, workshops and engagement with professional development programs.
- Four emerging Indigenous creative producers or arts managers will be ‘upskilled’ and ready to take on senior producing and managing roles within the Victorian Indigenous arts sector.
- The program will develop competency and best practice in community engagement in the broader Victorian arts sector.
- Learnings from the program will inform the development of long-term industry initiatives, ensuring the continued development of high quality Indigenous arts managers and producers.
- The Centre’s Indigenous Cultural Program presents work authored entirely by Indigenous artists and developed in consultation with the community, including Elders in Residence Aunty Carolyn Briggs and Uncle Larry Walsh.
- The program will be shared as best practice models.