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Our RAP The development of our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) was instigated by our Public Programs Coordinator in late 2013 whilst working in collaboration with Yugambeh Museum for the launch of their Write into Art education program which would then encourage schools to connect the Saltwater Country exhibition in our Gallery to their NAIDOC week programming. A gap had been identified and our RAP journey began in earnest in early 2014. Whilst relationships with Australia’s First Peoples had been firmly ingrained in the culture of The Arts Centre Gold Coast for many years via various collaborative projects and exhibitions, the Centre’s vision had never been formalised. Several enthusiastic employees met to discuss the various projects that were either already in the pipeline or could be developed. The beginning of our vision for reconciliation was born and as a consequence, our RAP Working Group was formed. The Working Group is led by our General Manager, Mr Destry Puia and consists of: • Mr John Walsh, Gallery Manager • Ms Virginia Rigney, Senior Curator • Ms Jodi Ferrari, Public Programs Coordinator • Ms Jo-Anne Driessens, Indigenous Coordinator • Mr Brad Rush, Performing Arts Manager • Ms Debra Witalik, Business Support Executive

Our RAP Working Group has met with various Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations including Yugambeh Museum and the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts as well as members from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to gain input into the development of our inaugural RAP. Our journey to date has included our Business Support Executive attending a RAP Learning Circle thereby widening contact with the community and bringing new found knowledge to the group, gaining valuable advice from First Nation elders and educating our staff to ensure a meaningful and sustainable Reconciliation Action Plan. Our Innovate RAP will raise awareness with our stakeholders, both internally and externally, to ensure there is shared understanding and ownership of our RAP within our organisation. Development of our future RAPs will involve consultation with staff across our organisation including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and/or stakeholders to achieve our vision for reconciliation in building stronger relationships, greater mutual respect and opportunities for Australia’s First Peoples. Write into Art meeting, The Arts Centre Gold Coast, 31 January 2014 L-R Debra Witalik, Kerri Meikle, Jodi Ferrari, Karen Graham, Rory O’Connor and Destry Puia. Photo by Jo-Anne Driessens

The Arts Centre Gold Coast — Reconciliation Action Plan (2014—2016)  
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