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Newsletter February 2018

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Accessible Arts is Seeking a New CEO

Accessible Arts is seeking an energetic Chief Executive Officer with diverse experience to work with the board to lead our organisation into an exciting future. The successful candidate will have high level strategy, leadership and change-management skills, and strong networks in the arts and/or disability sectors. The position description and selection criteria are available on the Accessible Arts website.

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Australian Museum Launch

Congratulations to the Australian Museum for the launch of their Accessibility and Inclusion Action Plan (AIAP). The launch, on 31 January, was followed by a lively evening of Culture Up Late focusing on a theme of How We Connect. The evening included contributions from Accessible Arts staff. For a link to the Plan and for information on accessibility and inclusion at Australian Museum, visit their website.

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Australian Deaf Games

The Deaf Games proved to be an extraordinary event with over 600 athletes from across Australia participating side by side with athletes from Fiji and New Zealand. Over 300 locals in Albury and Wodonga undertook Auslan and Deaf awareness training to work as volunteers. The Scouts learned the national anthem and performed it…in Auslan! Find out about one man's experience.

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Paid Intern Position

The Sydney Film Festival is looking for a paid Screenability Marketing Intern who identifies as a person with disability. The role includes assisting with social media, building eNews, researching Sydney's disability community and assisting with the creation of materials to promote the event. More details are available on the Sydney Film Festival website.

News and Views

What's On?

  • The latest edition of the Deaf Society's Deaf Herald in Auslan is out now, and includes a segment from our Deaf Arts Officer Riona Tindal about the latest from Accessible Arts. In particular, we are looking to make contact with artists with disability so that we can build a database and easily connect artists with opportunities.

  • The NSW Government is seeking your views on cultural infrastructure with a goal to raising infrastructure to world class standards. Voices from the arts and disability sector are incredibly important. There are two ways to provide feedback: a 10-minute survey for those in the cultural sector or a 5-minute survey for members of the general community.

  • There is a clearly articulated need to improve the inclusion of people with disability in Australian society. There is now an opportunity to drive improvements in our country's Vocational Education and Training (VET) system which will shape the future of inclusion for people with disability. There are a number of ways to contribute. To find out how, visit here.

  • Nominations are now open for the Creative Achievement Awards which celebrate and reward the outstanding achievements of individuals, teams and organisations that have helped raise the global profile of the creative industries in NSW. To learn more about the three categories of the Awards, and to put forward a nomination, click here.
Check our website for the latest arts and disability news.
  • Coming up on Saturday 24 February at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) are two tours. The first, at 1:30 p.m., is an audio described tour Jon Campbell: MCA Collection. The second, at 2:30 p.m., is an Auslan tour of the same collection. Both are free, but bookings are required. Visit the MCA website to book for the audio described tour, and the Auslan tour.

  • Access programs at the Art Gallery of New South Wales are conveniently listed online. For an overview, visit this page of their website. Coming up on Sunday 25 February is an Auslan tour of a selection of works from the Gallery's Australian collection. This is a free tour but bookings are recommended. Visit this page for details and to book.

  • Onion Reality, an exhibition featuring the work of 15 Emerge 2017 artists, is on view from Tuesday 27 February at Front Up in Seven Hills. Tours will take place every day at noon. Emerge focuses on supporting practicing artists living with disability. For more details - including dates, times and location - and a list of exhibiting artists, visit here.

  • Kids Explore is a program of sensory and creative activities for children with or without disability aged 2 - 6 years. The action begins on Tuesday 13 March and runs once a week for six weeks from 10:00 a.m. - noon. Kids Explore is a free program and takes place at Front Up in Seven Hills. To learn more and to register visit here.

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Accessible Arts is proudly funded by the NSW Government in association with Create NSW and Family and Community Services.