Arts NSW launches first Reconciliation Action Plan

Michael Philp, My Soul Beacon, 2015. Image courtesy: Campbelltown Arts Centre.

Michael Philp, My Soul Beacon, 2015. Image courtesy: Campbelltown Arts Centre.

On Friday 12 February, Arts NSW launched its first Reconciliation Action Plan –Innovate RAP – placing staff at the heart of its vision.

Arts and culture are powerful forces for breaking down barriers, creating paths to understanding, and building strong relationships with the youth and future Elders of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

As leaders and champions of arts and culture in NSW, Arts NSW recognises the important role we play as our nation works to achieve reconciliation.

NSW has the largest Aboriginal population of all the states and territories in Australia, and we have a unique and vibrant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultural sector. Arts NSW has a long history of support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through our work to support the sector – but we can do more.

Our vision for reconciliation

Arts NSW Reconciliation Action Plan – Innovate RAP – places staff at its heart. We will work to increase cultural competency within our agency, so as to empower our staff to consciously contribute toward our vision. We will identify opportunities to improve the provision of our services to the Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander arts and cultural sector.

As we work to see our vision for reconciliation realised, we also need to recognise the hundreds of other organisations working alongside us toward our common goal of a better Australia for everyone.

Our RAP

The RAP outlines Arts NSW commitment to reconciliation, and outlines the steps and activities we will take to build strong relationships and enhance respect between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians.

The Arts NSW RAP Working Group formed in 2014, and is led by staff and guided by Our RAP champion Executive Director Mary Darwell, our RAP considers the influence of Arts NSW as both a leader of the arts and cultural sector in NSW and an inclusive workplace.

In developing the Arts NSW RAP, the working group considered both long term and current strategies and what we could do day-to-day to contribute to reconciliation. Such as actions detailed within the NSW Arts and Cultural Policy Framework: Create in NSW and the NSW Aboriginal Arts and Culture Strategy.

We look forward to sharing our RAP with you and working collaboratively to put our vision into action.

Download a copy of the Arts NSW Reconciliation Action Plan.

 

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Published: 17 February 2016